Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
This monthís meeting will be on Friday, August 1, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. 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.
At our July meeting, building construction precluded entrance everywhere except the east side (front/S. College St. facing) door. To further complicate things, the doors automatically lock now at 8:00PM, so if youíre running late, rap on the door nearest our meeting room -- if you can get to it. And, donít forget that access to the parking lot is now from W. Magnolia only.
We have two chances for dark-sky star parties this month. The first on Saturday, August 2, and the second on August 30, at Cliff Hillís farm, clouds permitting of course.
August 1, meeting 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace
Underwriter: $40,000, Two tables for 20
at dinner, 20 VIP Reception tickets
Contact Dean Itson, Faulkner University, 334-386-7136, firstname.lastname@example.org, for reservations.
As mentioned in the July Astrofiles, the 20X80 binoculars that were recently donated to our loaner collection, needs a suitable mount. If you are handy with woodworking, please consider making one based on this design: http://www.burgessoptical.com/Mounts/RedOakMount.html. All material expenses would be covered by AAS. Let us know if you can help.
Also, on closer inspection of the donated EXT-90,
we discovered that the secondary baffle had loosened from the meniscus
lens and had fallen onto the primary mirror. If you have any expertise
with this scope please contact Rhon.
Heavens-Above predicts favorable passes of the International Space Station on the evenings of August 6, and August 8. For Auburn observers, the August 6 pass will reach a maximum elevation of 52 degrees at 21:00:07, brightening to magnitude -2.0; The August 8 event will reach a maximum elevation of 61 degrees at 20:16:32, brightening to magnitude -2.2. Both will be traveling from northwest to southeast and will be slightly less spectacular for Montgomery area observers, and really good for the folks in Atlanta.
S&T's Jupiter observing guide (with drawings
explaining "NEB", "SEB", etc.) can be
Moon transits Earth (infrared) seen from NASA's
EPOXI spacecraft. Scroll down a couple of screens. <http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=26d_1216359112>
Deep South Regional Stargaze XXVI
Release and Registration forms are in the files section of the Yahoo
Peach Star Gaze 2008
Frank Ward has a new 12-inch LightBridge on order. Frank is hoping for delivery in time for the August 30 star party.
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,