In this Issue
|November Meetings||Magazine Subscriptions|
|AAS Tape Library||DSRSG 2001|
|Eastwood Christian School||Leonid Meteors|
|Member/ Friend News|
This monthís meeting will be on Friday, November 2 at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building on the main campus of Auburn University.
Our November star party will be on the weekend of Nov. 16/17 (Friday if itís clear Ė Saturday as a backup) squeezed in between Novemberís TWO full Moons, at Cliff Hillís farm.
Discounted magazine subscription rates are the
same as last year:
To get this special rate, you must be 2001 dues paying member of Auburn Astronomical Society. We need 5 subscriptions for each magazine before we can get reduced rate.
Membership dues to A.A.S. $15.00 is due in January but most members pay at time subscriptions ordered.
Please get your request to John by November 10.
This will give you a week after the November meeting. Last year instead
of sending in one order to each magazine John had to send in 4 separate
requests to each.
Make checks payable to Auburn Astronomical Society.
If you want to mail your orders and/or 2002 dues, send them to:
AAS V.P. and Program Chairman, Allen Screws,
submitted the following list of video tapes that will be made available
to AAS members to be checked out for one month. If there are tapes
you missed or would like to see again, let Allen know before the meeting
so he can have them ready for you. Submit your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep South Regional
Star Gaze 2001
DSRSG 2001 will be remembered both for the weather -- with all four nights perfectly clear all night long, and for the renewal of acquaintances with old friends -- both terrestrial and celestial. Representing the Auburn Astronomical Society were Eddie Kirkland, Robert Rock, Russell Whigham and, from w-a-a-y back in AAS history, Charles Floyd. For those who donít remember, Charles is an attorney who lives and practices law in Phenix City and who gave an enormous boost to our fledgling club by donating his 12.5-inch f/7 Cave Astrola to AAS while we were in the construction phase of the former Mooreís Meadow Observatory near Society Hill. After a 20-year hiatus, Charles is itching to get back into the hobby and has his eye on a C-14 and CCD imaging. We also met up with Bill Prados, Birmingham Astronomical Society member who has attended a star party with us at Cliff Hillís farm as well as all of our old observing buddies from the Mobile Astronomical Society.
On Wednesday night the temperature dropped into
the mid-thirties by midnight, with very dry air affording high transparency
and contrast, the best possible conditions for the deep sky objects.
Each night thereafter warmed slightly until Saturday night when it was
sweatshirt weather observing. After pushing our own telescopes to
their limits, we strolled up and down the field mooching looks through
several of the big Dobs there (one 30-inch Starmaster with Go To, and several
in the 25-16 inch range) as well as the Mak-Newts and other optical exotica.
In contrast to the light buckets, Eddie shared a different perspective
on the night sky with his alt-az mounted 4-inch refractor which gave uncropped
views of the North America and Veil nebulae, and the majestic Andromeda
and Triangulum galaxies. On-the-field talks of interest to observers,
a walking tour of the telescopes, with their modifications explain by each
owner, and solar observing filled the daylight hours. Next yearís
DSRSG Ė 2002, will be from October 30, through November 3.
A Deep South Regional Star Gaze message board is now available for postings
on eGroups. It can be accessed at: www.egroups.com/group/Deep-South-Regional-Star-Gaze
On Monday, October 22, Robert Rock, with his Meade ETX 90; Jim McLaughlin, with his 8-inch Meade LX-200; and Russell Whigham and the C-11; assembled at Eastwood Christian School, in Montgomery to give a star party on the school grounds of the school for the fifth grade students. While waiting for dark we began with views of the six-day-old Moon, followed by views of Mars, and, Alberio. Special thanks to Robert for coordinating the event with ECS science teacher, Teresa Johnson.
In the November 2001 SKY & TELESCOPE -- the
magazine's 60th-anniversary issue -- meteorologist Joe Rao assesses the
predictions provided by three teams of specialists. Rao concludes that
two dramatic displays called "meteor storms" appear likely.
More about the prospects for a Leonid storm appears in the November issue of SKY & TELESCOPE. This issue marks the diamond anniversary of the monthly magazine for amateur astronomers launched by Charles and Helen Federer in November 1941. The Federers took on the challenge of merging THE SKY (which had been published by New York's Hayden Planetarium) and THE TELESCOPE (then published by Harvard College Observatory). Today the magazine is enjoyed by some 250,000 skywatchers worldwide.
SKY & TELESCOPE will issue another press release
closer to the date of the Leonid meteor shower containing background information
about meteors and how to observe them. More information is already available
on the magazine's Web site at:
Leonid Meteors Part II
Dear Leonid watchers:
I am just now putting the finishing
touches on my Leonid Meteor Shower Website. It contains plenty of
information and useful links concerning the upcoming 2001 Leonid display.
Check it out at: www.hometown.aol.com/theleonids/index.html or
Hope you all find it interesting!
Leonid Meteors Part III
The volunteers who administer the 'meteorobs' global meteor mailing list, and our associated Web site www.meteorobs.org , have compiled a list of links about the Leonids. Right now there are a large number of resources on the Web about the LEOs. Here is a Links page highlighting some critical ones: http://www.meteorobs.org/storms.html
This is the featured page of our entire Web site
for the current month, so if you forget the above link, simply use the
following simple URL: http://meteorobs.org
PhillipWell it's about time. Of course I believe it -- that's why I left you on the mail list. What have you been up to for the past year?
Well, I've been working and going to college. Bought a house over theThanks for waiting until after DSRSG to return to the hobby. The last time you were there the local fauna were lining up, two by two looking for an ark.
Thanks, that gave me a good laugh ! :)We'll be thinking about you down there on the beautiful dry clear dark nights.
Yea, I'll bet :/