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Now: Call for proposals - 09/23/2022 #cal-notice

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Call for proposals

When:
09/23/2022

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Description:
The next SMAS meeting is in two weeks! If you have a proposed topic, please share it to the group via replying to this message, emailing the group  smokymtnastro@groups.io or the current Vice President. 

This is a calendar-based announcement with automated reminder emails. Only one email will be sent. 
Please remember that a proposed topic could be as simple as a brief 10-15 minute or longer 45 minute topic. We encourage a mixture of beginner to intermediate/advanced topics. 

Best regards and clear skies, 
SMAS Executive Council 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Robert Ogle
 

I am somewhere between do my best and unsure, due to some issues with the condition of my aging transportation. October 8 would probably be out for me due to a prior commitment and how long that event runs.

 

Robert Ogle

 

From: smokymtnastro@groups.io <smokymtnastro@groups.io> On Behalf Of James Cantu
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 2:07 PM
To: smokymtnastro@groups.io
Subject: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cove Discussion

 

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?

  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....

Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?

  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no

Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Forrest Erickson
 

I will participate regardless of the date or moon. 



Forrest Lee Erickson
Cell: 865-518-1040
Sent from cell.


-------- Original message --------
From: James Cantu <james.cantu@...>
Date: 9/14/22 2:06 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: smokymtnastro@groups.io
Subject: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cove Discussion

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Vicente Diaz
 

This year has not been good for me with regards to astronomy.  I have not been able to make one of the meetings at Pellisippi and I'm afraid that I won't be able to attend the Cades Cove event this year either.  Hope the best for you all and a very successful Cades Cove Star Party!

Vicente Diaz

On Fri, Sep 16, 2022, 11:38 AM Tim Yates <timyates195923@...> wrote:
I had the Covid at the beginning of June and I am now dealing with other issues stemming from that. I am hoping to have those resolved in the next couple of weeks. If I can get to feeling better I would love to attend a star party out at Cade's or pretty much anywhere else for that matter as long as precautions are taken.

On Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 8:56 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
Alex and I would join in any of those dates.
Ayaka Komata

On Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:06 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:
>
> Greetings all,
>
> We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter.
> See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/
> NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend.
> In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates.
>
> Two questions:
>
> What are your thoughts?
>
> October 1 was out per NPS schedule
> October 8 Full moon
> October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
> November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
> November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
> November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
> November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
> December.....
>
> Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
>
> Totally committed
> I'll do my best
> Not sure
> Unlikely
> Definitely no
>
> Best regards,
> James
>






Re: Cades Cove Discussion

 

I had the Covid at the beginning of June and I am now dealing with other issues stemming from that. I am hoping to have those resolved in the next couple of weeks. If I can get to feeling better I would love to attend a star party out at Cade's or pretty much anywhere else for that matter as long as precautions are taken.


On Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 8:56 PM Ayaka Y. Komata <yuko.komata@...> wrote:
Alex and I would join in any of those dates.
Ayaka Komata

On Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:06 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:
>
> Greetings all,
>
> We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter.
> See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/
> NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend.
> In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates.
>
> Two questions:
>
> What are your thoughts?
>
> October 1 was out per NPS schedule
> October 8 Full moon
> October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
> November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
> November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
> November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
> November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
> December.....
>
> Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
>
> Totally committed
> I'll do my best
> Not sure
> Unlikely
> Definitely no
>
> Best regards,
> James
>






Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Ayaka Y. Komata
 

Alex and I would join in any of those dates.
Ayaka Komata

On Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 2:06 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all,

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter.
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend.
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates.

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?

October 1 was out per NPS schedule
October 8 Full moon
October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
December.....

Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?

Totally committed
I'll do my best
Not sure
Unlikely
Definitely no

Best regards,
James


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Bruce Ahler
 

I don’t think I will be able to make the Cades Cove event. I’m trying to get a trip to South Africa going in late October into November. So I can’t commit. Would love to give this a try but can not do it this year. 

Bruce Ahler 

Sent from my old, decrepit and not so smart iPhone

On Sep 15, 2022, at 7:42 PM, Mike Tenbus <mtenbus@...> wrote:


Hi James,

I'm unlikely to make the Cades Cove Star Party this year.

I recently had three friends get covid, one of them quite seriously. He thinks he caught it from his wife who attended a wedding. My other two friends (husband and wife) caught it from their daughter who recently returned to college. I "may" visit my soon to be 97-year old Mother in October / November. I don't want to take any chances of picking up covid from attending events where there may be a lot of people.

Sorry to be over cautious.

Mike


From: "James Cantu" <james.cantu@...>
To: "smokymtnastro" <smokymtnastro@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 2:06:32 PM
Subject: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cove Discussion

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Mike Tenbus
 

Hi James,

I'm unlikely to make the Cades Cove Star Party this year.

I recently had three friends get covid, one of them quite seriously. He thinks he caught it from his wife who attended a wedding. My other two friends (husband and wife) caught it from their daughter who recently returned to college. I "may" visit my soon to be 97-year old Mother in October / November. I don't want to take any chances of picking up covid from attending events where there may be a lot of people.

Sorry to be over cautious.

Mike


From: "James Cantu" <james.cantu@...>
To: "smokymtnastro" <smokymtnastro@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 2:06:32 PM
Subject: [smokymtnastro] Cades Cove Discussion

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Bob Bonner
 

Im out Oct 1,8. I'll do my best for any of the other dates. 


On Wed, Sep 14, 2022, 13:06 James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:
Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Duane Dunlap
 

James, I am totally committed to any of the Nov dates.   Duane Dunlap 


On Sep 14, 2022, at 2:06 PM, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Re: Cades Cove Discussion

Duane Dunlap
 




On Sep 14, 2022, at 2:06 PM, James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


Cades Cove Discussion

James Cantu
 

Greetings all, 

We have found this Fall that finding an appropriate date for a Cade's Cove Star Party has been tough. Somehow in our discussions we landed on November 5th, which is actually a poor choice and likely an error. This is closer to a full moon than a first quarter. 
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ 
NPS has apparently already published something. An alternative weekend would be the one before but that would be Halloween weekend. 
In other words this whole Fall has been poor alignment on dates. 

Two questions:

What are your thoughts?
  • October 1 was out per NPS schedule
  • October 8 Full moon
  • October 29 First Quarter and Halloween
  • November 5th is a pretty near full moon.
  • November 12th (halfway from full to third quarter)
  • November 19th weekend before Thanksgiving (post third quarter: late moonrise) viable?
  • November 26th (post-Thanksgiving) not viable
  • December.....
Understanding the date needs to be solidified, how committed would you be to coming?
  • Totally committed
  • I'll do my best
  • Not sure
  • Unlikely
  • Definitely no
Best regards, 
James 


SMAS meeting minutes for 2022-09-09

Ayaka Y. Komata
 

SMAS members,
I am sending minutes of the monthly meeting on 9/9.

Ayaka Komata
Vice President


Now: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-notice

Group Notification <noreply@...>
 

SMAS Monthly Meeting

When:
09/09/2022
7:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Pellissippi State Community College, McWherter 126 (Pellissippi State Community College 10915 Hardin Valley Road P.O. Box 22990 Knoxville, TN 37933-0990)

Organizer: James Cantu

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Description:

IMPORTANT Continued Room Change: Temp location Ned R. McWherter Technology Building

Our normal room is being repurposed for a campus event from the President's office. We will relocate to McWherter 126 which is next to Alexander. 

"Doors" open at 7p; Meeting runs 7:30p-9:00p.

Agenda

  • Around the room/Show and Tell: What are you doing? What challenge are you having trouble with? 
  • "What's up Doc" Duane Dunlap
  • Collimation Basics: James Cantu
  • Website Contributions


Re: Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-reminder

Bryan R.
 

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the meeting this evening as something has come up.  Look forward to coming to the next one. 

Bryan 


Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-reminder

Group Notification <noreply@...>
 

Reminder: SMAS Monthly Meeting

When:
09/09/2022
7:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Pellissippi State Community College, McWherter 126 (Pellissippi State Community College 10915 Hardin Valley Road P.O. Box 22990 Knoxville, TN 37933-0990)

Organizer: James Cantu

View Event

Description:

IMPORTANT Continued Room Change: Temp location Ned R. McWherter Technology Building

Our normal room is being repurposed for a campus event from the President's office. We will relocate to McWherter 126 which is next to Alexander. 

"Doors" open at 7p; Meeting runs 7:30p-9:00p.

Agenda

  • Around the room/Show and Tell: What are you doing? What challenge are you having trouble with? 
  • "What's up Doc" Duane Dunlap
  • Collimation Basics: James Cantu
  • Website Contributions


Updated Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - Friday, September 9, 2022 #cal-invite

Group Notification <noreply@...>
 

SMAS Monthly Meeting

When:
Friday, September 9, 2022
7:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Pellissippi State Community College, McWherter 126 (Pellissippi State Community College 10915 Hardin Valley Road P.O. Box 22990 Knoxville, TN 37933-0990)

Organizer: James Cantu

View Event

Description:

IMPORTANT Continued Room Change: Temp location Ned R. McWherter Technology Building

Our normal room is being repurposed for a campus event from the President's office. We will relocate to McWherter 126 which is next to Alexander. 

"Doors" open at 7p; Meeting runs 7:30p-9:00p.

Agenda

  • Around the room/Show and Tell: What are you doing? What challenge are you having trouble with? 
  • "What's up Doc" Duane Dunlap
  • Collimation Basics: James Cantu
  • Website Contributions


Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-reminder

Group Notification <noreply@...>
 

Reminder: SMAS Monthly Meeting

When:
09/09/2022
7:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Pellissippi State Community College, Alexander Rm. 223 (Pellissippi State Community College 10915 Hardin Valley Road P.O. Box 22990 Knoxville, TN 37933-0990)

Organizer: James Cantu

View Event

Description:

About SMAS Meetings

SMAS meets every second Friday January-November. In general, December is reserved for a Holiday Gathering where all local clubs are invited to dine and meetup. Meetings are relatively informal, however we usually establish an agenda of presentations and discussion topics.

Meetings consist of short presentations by members or invited guests. Member are encouraged to propose a topic at least 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting. Please send proposals to the current Vice President. All topics are available: from technical reports, introductory topics, astrophotography, history, book/resource reviews, gear/tool reviews, how-to's, community engagement, etc.
We encourage diverse topics over a range of ability levels. We hope that each meeting includes something easier and something more intermediate-advanced per meeting. 
Guests are welcome, but virtual meeting links will not be posted publicly. These may only be shared via groups.io or from a member of the executive committee. 

Doors open at 7p; Meeting runs 7:30p-9:00p.

Agenda

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  •  


Re: Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-reminder

Forrest Erickson
 

I will still be out of town meeting night and will at best see you all in October.
Have we a Cades Cove Star party commitment?


Lee

On 09/07/2022 9:18 PM James Cantu <james.cantu@...> wrote:


Greetings all, 
We have a meeting this Friday! 
We should have a short presentation on collimation, a brief treasurer's report and whatever else you want. 
What would you like to share with the group this month?
and
Can you make it? (let us know you are coming)

Note we are returning to our normal location in Alexander. 

Best regards, 
James


Re: Event: SMAS Monthly Meeting - 09/09/2022 #cal-reminder

James Cantu
 

Greetings all, 
We have a meeting this Friday! 
We should have a short presentation on collimation, a brief treasurer's report and whatever else you want. 
What would you like to share with the group this month?
and
Can you make it? (let us know you are coming)

Note we are returning to our normal location in Alexander. 

Best regards, 
James

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