Auburn Astronomical Society
In this Issue
Because of the conflict with the holiday weekend,
we've adjusted our normal first Friday meeting back one week and have our
July Meeting on Friday, July 12 at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace
This month’s star party will be on the following
day, Saturday, July 13, at the Cliff Hill farm.
Taking Orders for AAS Shirts
Several new members have asked about our AAS logo
pique polo shirts. If you (sorry, members only) would like a shirt
(or another shirt), please let
me know so I can forward your requests to Ricky Wood who has
agreed to handle this for us. Two years ago the price was $25.00
shirt with the AAS logo plus $2.00 if you'd like your name on it – especially
nice at public events. Prices should be about the same now, but Ricky
can give us a current quote if there has been a change.
AAS Treasurer and ALCOR, John Zachry, writes:
We have two new members added to the
Auburn Astronomical Society. Total membership now is 29.
Mackall W. Acheson,
Maxwell AFB, AL, firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtis (Curt) Terrell,
Sylacauga, AL, email@example.com
(See Curt’s “Who R We” page for more about
Then, Jason Ramsey, who has been
out of touch for a couple of years, writes:
If you are still doing this mailing list please
change my e-mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, on 20 Jun 2002, Grant Moon wrote:
To which Rhon replied:
This is Grant Moon, son of Frank Moon, and
former member of the Auburn Astronomical Society. I have just enrolled
into Auburn in the Industrial Systems Engineering program and wanted to
know is the AAS is still going? I didn't find information in the Tiger
Cub publication and was puzzled that it was not there. Please tell me if
the club is still going, and when the meetings are.
We are indeed still in business, meeting the first
Friday of each month at
8pm in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering
Building. You won't find
info in the Tiger Cub because we are not affiliated
with Auburn University
(and never have been).
It's great to hear from you! I'm going to
forward this to Russell Whigham
and he'll get you on our e-mail list (yes, we've
moved into the 20th
century, now that it's the 21st). Also,
you can visit our website at
Hope to see you soon.
Grant also writes that he needs a Telrad.
He has a Telrad base already attached to his 8-inch Dob, but would like
to buy or borrow one for our July star party. If you can help him
out, let him know at email@example.com
On the debit side of the ledger we’ve lost two
pillars of the society:
From: "Mark A. Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greetings Russell, Rhon, and AAS Members:
I guess this is farewell. I'll be on my way to
O'Fallon, Illinois next week. Because my wife is military, I follow her
from one destination to the next. I really can't say what I'll be doing
there as far as employment. I'll have to wait and see.
I wanted to pass along to you that I've enjoyed
getting to know some of the members of AAS and being part of the organization.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend many of the meetings or the New
Moon Star Parties due to prior engagements or events going on at the Planetarium.
However, I think the most memorable of events
I was able to attend or be a part of was the 2001 Leonid Meteor Shower
out at Cliff Hill's Farm and Astronomy Day 2001 and 2002. AAS contributed
a great deal to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium while I was there. Rick Evans
and I tried to make every effort to plug your organization as much as possible
during our school and public shows. I know that Rick greatly appreciates
all the support you give the Planetarium and the special events that you
help out with.
Kind of an interesting story to pass along....
When I first started working at the Planetarium, I asked Rick Evans and
Rick Fanning (former Gayle Planetarium employee) what they usually did
for Astronomy Day events. They basically told me that AAS came out and
supplied telescopes for viewing and the Planetarium presented a show. In
the back of my mind, I said...."That's it?" From other star parties and
Astronomy Day events I had been involved with in the past, I was used to
guest speakers being present, astronomy related displays, hands on activities,
and door prizes being presented. I had attended numerous events in Texas
and in Colorado with various activities and fun for all ages. I figured
that with such a great facility and with AAS, I should expect the same
thing during Astronomy Day here. When I told Rick and Rick about this,
the response I got was, "Mark, this is Montgomery, Alabama. People just
don't do that here." I guess that is where I started to brainstorm.
Anyway, the beauty of working at the W.A. Gayle
Planetarium is that Rick Evans is a very open minded person and takes the
time to listen to what his employees have to say. He took my ideas and
suggestions and "ran" with them or allowed me to act on many of my ideas
and together with AAS we coordinated two great Astronomy Day events. I
think it's wonderful that over the last five years we've seen a dramatic
increase and awareness in this nationally recognized event. I hope that
it continues to grow and more people attend in years to come with more
focus on AAS and the Planetarium. I only wish I could stick around and
be a part of it again.
I guess there is a challenge in front of me. I've
been in touch with one of the members of the Riverbend Astronomical Society
near O'Fallon, Illinois and they are very interested in sprucing up their
Astronomy Day event as well as their organization. This is a group that
has formed from the much larger St. Louis Club. Currently they only have
7 members, but yet are members of the Astronomical League and hosted their
first publicized Astronomy Day event in April. Although I won't have a
planetarium to work in or with such a large astronomy club like AAS, I
hope to be able to coordinate some events for them and help them out. In
addition, the president of their club is Gary Kronk who you may recognize
for his work on comets and his contributing work to Sky & Telescope.
I'm looking forward to meeting the members and this new opportunity.
I will try to keep in touch with AAS and the Planetarium.
Good Luck to all of you and thanks for allowing me to be a part of your
organization. AAS is a great organization to be part of and you all do
some wonderful work especially with the public schools around the local
area. I want to give a special thanks to Rick for everything he's done
for me, the challenges he presented to me and the opportunity to help make
things happen inside and out of the planetarium. Thanks a million Rick.
I greatly appreciate it! You Da' Man!
Farewell and Best Regards,
Mark A. Brown
Farewell Mark. The pleasure has been
And, alas, Tom and Julie McGowan
have moved to Kingman AZ, in search of more pristine skies, despite my
best efforts to change their minds. I thought sure that setting Arizona
on fire would have done it. Given our recent record of clear star
party weekends, Tom may have had a legitimate point. They’ll be renting
in Kingman until Tom finds some dark-sky acreage out of town. Tom
has promised to send his new e-mail address after they are settled in.
We’ll really miss Tom & Julie but we’ll always have the good memories
of many nights under the stars together.
Free Lunar Atlas and Sky Chart Software
From: Largy Claude <Claude.Largy@fr.thalesgroup.com>
To: "'ASTRO-L'" <ASTRO-L@listserv.uww.edu>
I've just discovered a good free lunar atlas:
Virtual Moon. This software is from Christian Legrand and Patrick
Chevalley, known for its excellent Cartes du Ciel - Skychart, and enables
you to display the lunar globe in real time, taking librations into account.
It describes more than 1,000 objects and can display their photos from
the LOPAM - Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon.
The URL for download it is http://www.astrosurf.com/avl.
For the record, the size of the .exe is about
3.5 MB, to which you may add 26.7 MB of files for the LOPAM pictures. A
graphic card is recommended.
Sky Charts 2.74
June 16 2002
A new version of Cartes du Ciel is now
It introduce some new function as the ability
to draw the nebulae outlines build with the Catgen program, a quick search
box, the ability to translate the constellation names and to search by
object common name. A complete list of the change is include in the file
A new program contributed by Christopher Welfare
will help to update the artificial satellites TLE file, it is available
from the download page.
This version also interface with the Virtual Moon
Atlas, a new freeware I do in collaboration with Christian Legrand.
Please take a look at http://astrosurf.com/avl/
for more information and to
get the program.
author of Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
has written an excellent review of the next generation of dew control,
the Dew Buster, at http://cloudynights.com/accessories2/dewbuster.htm
The latest version of Rod’s SCT/MCT Used
Buyer's Guide is now available. This version adds the Celestron
How do you get the Guide? Just go to the url below
and click on it in the menu of choices you'll find--it's free. BUT...this
is a large .pdf document now...60 pages and lots of pictures, so allow
plenty of time for it to download if you're using a dial-up connection!
Management Buys Company’s Assets
See the details at: http://www.celestron.com/pr62802.htm
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,
Auburn Astronomical Society, Webmaster and Astrofiles