Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
This month’s meeting will be on Friday, July 7, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. Our program this month will be a video supplied by John Zachry, from the Science Channel, "Most of Our Universe is Missing" about the 96% of the Universe we haven't found.
Our dark-sky star party this month will
Saturday, July 24, at Cliff
Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
We always hate to see good observers go, but out loss will be Texas' gain. Good luck and stay in touch, Bill.
I have moved to Texas due to a good job offer. So I will not be renewing my membership or attending any events. My new email address will be wprados(AT)gmail(DOT)com
Shelli Allen is the latest to be added to our e-mail list. She has received the telescope she describes below, and is waiting for clear skies to try it out.
… I ordered the Celestron NexStar 114 SLT....Celestron NexStar 114 SLT - Telescopes - Telescopes.com . It was a little more than what I had originally planned on spending, but I'm hoping that I made a good choice?? I figure that a little more expensive isn't a bad thing when it comes to seeing the stars/planets!! It will be a few weeks before I receive it but I can't wait to get it.
Loaner scope steward, Rhon Jenkins, reports that the PST solar scope is available. Peggy Russell will be returning the 8-inch "loaner" telescope for Don Cluck to use for the month of July. Let Rhon know if you (members only) would like have your name added to the list to borrow either of these telescopes.
Starmaster ELT 11" Dobsonian
The items listed below are for sale. I'd like to find a local buyer before advertising on Astromart.
Starmaster ELT Dob with 11" Zambuto primary (f4.55). Purchased second-hand via Astromart in the spring of 2004. Scope has DSC's that I have never attempted to use. No sleeks or scratches that I've noticed on the primary but it could use some cleaning. I've had the scope out only on 6 - 8 occasions, the last time being over a year ago. It has been stored in my attached garage.
Accessories:All items are in very good to excellent condition cosmetically. No visible optical flaws.
Reason for selling - most of my free time is spent on my bicycle. I started cycling about four years ago and have come to really enjoy it. Late night observing sessions don't mix well with early morning bike rides. I will consider any reasonable offers for the equipment listed above.
10-inch Meade Starfinder Equatorial Newtonian Reflector
• 10 inch Meade Starfinder Equatorial Newtonian scope.- with motor drive.Gail Smitherman
The editor of Valley Times - News put my article about the I.S.S. passing over West Point area on July 6 and July 8, on the front page of the Friday edition. I got a lot of free publicity about the Auburn Astronomical Society. Bet most people did not even know we exist. Will ask phone company to add us to their area clubs page.
Here is a note I received from Mr. Cy Wood, Editor of the Valley Times-News. Notice he asked me to inform him of "any astronomical events" in the night sky - not just passing of the I.S.S. Apparently he is really interested in bringing such matters to the public and needless to say this will help bring publicity to our club. I would encourage members to check the Heavens Above web site often for the best times when the International Space Station will pass over their community (say with an altitude at least above 70 degrees) and report the same to their local newspaper. I would emphasize only reporting the "best" passage times so the Editor and the public would unlikely be disappointed.
I Wish I had not said "the I.S.S., being also as bright as nearby Jupiter" in my letter to Mr. Wood. I would have liked to be more accurate. I was really thinking "almost as bright as Jupiter" which, to the average untrained observer, would appear to be correct.
I'll bring Valley Times-News paper to
to show members how to get free publicity for A.A.S. Picked a
good I.S.S. transit to impress Editor and public. Got his attention. He
asked for more. - John
Ray Kunert and your editor will
up AAS’s 12-inch f/7 Cave Astrola telescope that’s been in storage
since we lost the observatory twenty years ago, from Jim
Saturday. Ray wants to see if it can be returned it to service if
only in a Dobsonian configuration. If Ray is able to restore it
a useable condition, perhaps it can be added to our loaner scope
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,