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Dec. 1 (Friday) Monthly Meeting. This month’s special program will be Mr. Larry Lee speaking on The Origins Of The Space Shuttle, at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. Montgomery car-poolers shold meet at my house (518 Seminole Dr.) and be ready to head for Auburn at 7:00 PM
Dec. 5 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM -- Star Party at Thomas Head Elementary School on the Atlanta Highway, across from K-Mart in Montgomery. Last year we had at least 200 students, teachers and parents, so we’ll need all of the help we can muster. Please let me (Russell) know if you think you can help. Susan Mallett, principal at Head, writes:
Russell, the reason we changed it to Dec 5 is that our PTA planned a PTADec. 14 (Thursday) 7:00 – 9:00 PM -- Star Party at Opelika Middle School 1206 Denson Drive
Rhon Jenkins sends the following message:
I met Michele Matin this afternoon over
at Opelika Middle School. Let me give you an overall picture first.
The date and time have both changed. The date is now Thursday, December
14 (was December 7). The time is now 7-9pm (was 6-8 pm). At
that time, the school will be having a sort of “astronomy fair” for the
7th and 8th grade classes, marking the end of their astronomy studies in
their science classes. There will be several activities going on
at one time in various locations in the school .... we would be one of
them. There is a beautiful location to set up telescopes behind the
school .... two very large grassy play areas. We can have either
or both. Ms. Matin will see to it that, insofar as possible, the
lights are off (or at least minimized). For what we want to do, the
area is ideal.
Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) Partial Solar Eclipse (40%) http://www.corvus.com/xmaseclipse.htm
Both of our November star parties were clouded out. New Moon for December falls on – you guessed it – Christmas Day. Why don’t we plan one for the third quarter weekend, Saturday, December 16 – location to be announced.We’ll discuss the Christmas Day solar eclipse at the meeting to see if there’s enough interest to schedule a group event or if it might be better (because of the holiday) to observe the event on an individual basis.
David Di Pofi has a potential new observing site for us to try.It’s in Macon County about half-way between Montgomery and Auburn on county road 13 (south of US 80).We’ll keep this in mind for a future star party.
Mr. Joe Champion called to ask that we help with a star party at St. Mark Methodist Church on Taylor Rd. in Montgomery, for the young people of the church and their parents on November 15. Jack McDaniel with his 4.5-inch reflector, David Di Pofi, lending moral support, and your editor with the C-11 were there to share views of Jupiter and Saturn with a group of about twenty. Despite rather overcast conditions, everyone was able to have a look at the gas giants and their moons between the passing clouds. Joe wrote:
Joe has a telescope nearly identical to Jack’s, and has expressed an interest in our group.
Memberships for 2000 expire this month. If you haven’t already renewed, you’ll need to send
Mr. John Zachry, Secretary/Treasurer
Auburn Astronomical Society
501 Summerfield Road
West Point GA 31833
Make checks payable to: Auburn Astronomical Society. You can save the postage and bring your dues to the meeting. For questions about your dues or membership status, contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Richard Allen writes:
See Richard’s Biographical Profile at the AAS “Who R We” page.
Nigle Hornsby writes:
I sold the 12.5" Dobson to Richard Brideau. I purchased a Meade LX200 7" Maksutov-Cassegrain. I received it today. I went with the 7" mainly because of size and weight. The Dobson I owned previously was heavy and difficult to transport because of its' size. I also had problems storing it. I hope that I don't regret sacrificing the "light gathering capability" of the Dobson, for something that is more portable. I hope the "Go To" feature of the LX200 is not as complicated as it seems to be.
Here’s a good slide show about light pollution. The slide show can be found at Dark Skies Northwest website. http://www.scn.org/darksky/
The November-December 2000 issue of Rod Mollise's Mobile Astronomical Society newsletter, Skywatch, is now available for download at <http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index8.html> Articles this time include:
Here’s a great (Excel) spreadsheet. It list all the NGC objects with commentary on the first page, and switching tabs (on the bottom of the page) lists out:
1) NGC, IC, RNGC,SIC
2) All the Messier objects
3) "LYNDS' CATALOGUE OF BRIGHT NEBULAE"
4) "LYNDS' CATALOGUE OF DARKNEBULAE"
5) "BARNARD'S CATALOGUE OF 349 DARK OBJECTS"
6) Double Stars
7) ARP Globular Clusters
8) Open Clusters
9) REVISED SHAPLEY-AMES CATALOG OF BRIGHT GALAXIES
10) "Doc G's List"
11) "105 FINEST OBJECTS FOR THE LX200"
12) "MEADE 351 STAR DATABASE" and
13) the GREEK ALPHABET (by the Greeks)
If you'd like a copy it is available at: <http://sct-user.brainiac.com>
“As the skies appear to a man, so is his mind. Some see only clouds there; some, prodigies and portents; some rarely look up at all; their heads, like the brutes’, are directed toward Earth. Some behold there serenity, purity, beauty ineffable. The world runs to see the panorama, when there is a panorama in the sky which few go out to see.”
-- HDT Journal - January 17, 1852
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,