Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
This month’s meeting will be on Friday,
7, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace
Engineering Building. This will be a “ball game” weekend, so
parking could be a problem. We’re not sure if the parking lot
behind the Aerospace building will be open or not. Plan “B” might
be down Wright Street off West Magnolia.
Riders from the Montgomery area are welcome to
meet at the home of
Russell Whigham, 518
Seminole Dr., and carpool over to Auburn. Plan to be ready to
leave for Auburn at 7:00PM.
Our dark-sky star party this month, will
be on the following Saturday, September 8, at Cliff
Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
September 7, September meeting
September 8, September star party at Cliff
September 19, Timothy Ferris’ Seeing
in the Dark 7:00PM CDT, on PBS
September 23, Autumnal equinox
October 5, October meeting
October 13, October star party at Cliff
October 7-14, Peach
State Star Gaze
November 6-11, Deep
South Regional Stargaze
On the Tube
Timothy Ferris’ Seeing
in the Dark
September 19, 7:00PM CDT, on PBS
This is program about us. Amateur astronomers
doing what we love. You’ll want to set the DVD/VCR for this one.
Promo at: <http://www.astronomy.com/asy/objects/mm/seeing_in_the_dark.mov>
Tom McGowan with the AAS 12.5-inch f/7
Ray Kunert and your editor took delivery
of the AAS 12.5-inch from Tom McGowan on the Sunday following the
August meeting. Ray is keeping the scope at his house until we have
its latest “first light” debut. Ray is working on an inventory for
the accessory case. Rhon Jenkins has donated two eyepieces
for the scope: A 10mm wide view Plossl (2-inch University Optics) and a
32mm Konig (2-inch University Optics). Thanks Rhon!
Tom was careful to preserve the integrity of all
the scope’s components should we ever want to restore the scope to its
original configuration. Tom’s craftsmanship is furniture quality.
His workmanship reflects his attention to detail. He put in many
hours of engineering the mount to best mate with the scope. Be sure
to let Tom
know how much we appreciate his time on this!
Here's a first draft of the Web page for the 12.5-inch
It's not linked from anywhere on the "Loaner Scope"
page yet, as we are not quite ready put it in “loaner” status. We’re
still waiting to get the weights for the OTA and rocker box, and specifics
on accessories. Let
Rhon know if you want to be on the waiting list.
Scott Thompson wrote:
shirts no longer come in women’s sizes. They have a similar shirt that
is white with navy strips. Since these shirts will fit women better, I
have given the go-ahead with the ladies shirt that is just a little different.
Hope that is OK.
Sounds great. Vive la difference!
Thank you for doing this.
The Atlanta Astronomy Club presents the 14th Peach
State Star Gaze, a week long event from October 7 through October 14.
The PSSG will be held for the first time at the Deerlick
form and other
25th Annual Deep
South Regional Stargaze Camp Ruth Lee – November 6th through November
Google Earth version 4 [4.2.0180.1134 (beta)]
has a new icon at the top of the page – Saturn. Now you can explore
the universe just like you’ve been exploring Earth. The navigation
tools are the same. Lots of fun and its FREE! Google
Sky demo with Dr. Sally Ride.
Google Easter Egg
Google has hidden a mini flight simulator within
Google Earth. To access it for the first time, hit CTRL+Alt+A in Windows
or Command+Option+A on the Mac.
From: Eddie Kirkland
05 mW Green Laser Pointer Pen Black $17.56
True 10mW Green
Laser Pointer Pen Black $21.72
Green Laser Pointer Pen Black $24.83
True 30mW Green
Laser Pointer Pen Black $26.52
Earth-based Picture of ISS/Shuttle.
7 inch Mak, manually tracked, Canon 1D.
Free Astrophotography Gallery
You can have your own free astrophoto gallery
at www.astrophotogallery.org .
Take a look at these sites for good SCT collimation
The last site has an interesting approach of using
a simple Hartmann Mask to collimate...
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,