Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, October 7, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. This will be an home football weekend so parking will be worse than usual. Be prepared to walk several blocks.
Our dark-sky star party this month will be on
Saturday, October 21, at Cliff
Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
Auburn Astronomical Society
Please welcome Nathan Galle of Auburn, and Trey Lee of Opelika as AAS members. We look forward to continue having them join us at or meetings and star parties.
Mike Holley, while spending too much time under the cool dark skies with his ETX70, has compromised his objective immunity and suffered an acute case of aperture fever. He’s doing much better now since he received his new Celestron CPC-11 (and enough bells and whistles to keep him occupied for many years), from OPT using the AAS discount! Mike ordered it the week before our September star party, if you’re looking for someone to blame for the clouds that night. We look forward sharing lots of eyepiece time with Mike and his new baby.
Shane Bledsoe has recently acquired a Canon
AE-1 camera to go with his 8-inch Meade LX 200. He’s looking for
someone who might have a T-ring for his camera to sell or trade.
Ray Kunert reports that the tube assembly has cleaned up nicely with its fresh paint and new hardware. The mirror looks to be in good condition, as well. We spoke with Tom McGowan about building a rocker box when the time comes, and William Baugh has volunteered to re-aluminize the secondary. Jim Chesnutt is still looking for the finder scope. Perhaps all of the pieces will come together by Astronomy Day this spring.
Sorry to disappoint anybody but the newest pictures of the "Face on Mars" show it to be just a pile of dirt. http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2006/09/22/marsslide_spa.html
Messenger Spacecraft is scheduled to make it first flyby of Venus on October 24 at 3:55 a.m. CDT (4:55 a.m. EDT).
Hope everyone is following MER Opportunity on the Mars Exploration Rover web site http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/home/index.html
MER Opportunity is "currently a little over 45 meters (148 feet) away from Victoria Crater's "Duck Bay" - a point on Victoria's vast rim. ... This location is expected to provide Opportunity a spectacular view of the crater's interior."
"Victoria Crater is big – six times larger than the stadium-sized Endurance Crater ..."
"Wheeling across the open, parking lot-like dune fields of Meridiani Planum, the robot is nearing a major milestone: rolling up to "Victoria", a crater that is roughly half a mile (750 meters) wide and 230 feet (70 meters) deep." http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/060907_rover_update.html
As most already know, Mars will be behind the Sun for most of October so don't expect any news about Mars spacecraft during this time.
For those with NASA-TV, set your DVD or VCR recorder for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter News Conference on October 16th at 12 p.m. CDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Should be great! (Sure would like to know how many members get NASA-TV!)
Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will have been on Mars 1000 days on October 23rd or 24th.
Messenger spacecraft will make its first Venus Flyby on October 24th at 3:34 a.m. CDT (4:34 a.m. EDT).
Thanks. - John
From: Jim Chesnutt
From: Rod Mollise
Also check out Uncle Rod's Astroblog's: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/ Topics include:
• The Astro HolgaMeade History http://www.company7.com/meade/history.html
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting and the star party,