Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
In lieu of our normal first Friday meeting that
fell on October 1, our October meeting will be held in conjunction with
our 30-year anniversary banquet on Saturday, October 9, at 6:00PM
at Good Ol’ Boy’s restaurant (see below).
December 4, Forest Ecology Preserve stargaze
The Auburn Astronomical Society’s 30-year anniversary banquet will be on October 9, at 6:00PM at Good Ol’ Boy’s restaurant at 1843 Sandhill Road in Auburn (Lee County Road 10), just under 2 miles from US 29 S; 3.5 miles from Society Hill Road. We’ll order from the menu and an 18% gratuity will be added to your order. Special thanks to Joyce and Rhon Jenkins for making the arrangements. Rhon will give a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the previous thirty-years of the Auburn Astronomical Society.
Our anniversary banquets have traditionally been family affairs -- a time to share a bit of what we do with friends and family. We also hope that former AAS members will come back for a visit, and perhaps, get back into astronomy.
The restaurant needs an approximate head count. At last report, Rhon had received 15 responses. If you plan to attend, please let Rhon know how many will be in your party. If you see at the last minute that you’ll be able to come, we’ll find room for you.
Our American Heritage Girls stargaze, in Prattville has been rescheduled for Friday evening, October 15. Telescopic observing will begin at 7:00. If clouds get in the way Friday, we’ll try again on Saturday, October 16. Troop leader, Terri Klose, asks that we help the girls with their Space Exploration badge, with emphasis on observing the Moon. I’m sure we’ll find a way to squeeze in a few constellations, planets, and maybe even a few deep-sky objects. Terri will be sending directions to the site in a few days, so please let me know if you can help with this event.
Auburn Astronomical Society Club subscriptions are the same as last year. Sky & Telescope is $32.95 and Astronomy magazine is $ 34.00. We will need at least 5 subscriptions for each to get club discount. Will start taking checks this month. As soon as I get 5 members for one magazine I will send it in. Will need subscriptions in by November if a member doesn't want to miss an issue. Thanks - John
From: John Wingard
Just a note for your information....Hello John,
Thanks for letting me know. I hate that this hasn't worked out. Steve Durham and I worked hard to make it easy for everyone, now this. He was a really good guy to work with, but apparently, we were not the only ones who didn't support his business.
I've removed the AAS Shirt link from the menu until we can find somewhere else that can work with us.
Thanks again for letting me know.
Jupiter Animation - September 20, 2010
Here is a 10 frame animation I made from images
taken between 04:47 and 05:19 UT. http://www.bcastropics.com/images/view/352.
[Editor’s note: Brian Combs is a local
guy from Buena Vista, GA.]
From: Larry M. Owsley
August 19th is John Flamsteed's birthday. Flamsteed was an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. He was the primary force behind the construction of the Greenwich Observatory and was responsible for gathering precise measurements of nearly 3,000 star positions to aid navigators with the determination of longitude while at sea.
W.A. Gayle Planetarium Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd show, Friday October 22 - Saturday October 23, 2010. During the Fall season Pink Floyd fans know it's time for the annual Pink Floyd Laser Light Show. As has become a tradition of sorts, we present a special showing of The Wizard of Oz movie, synchronized to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album. The laser light shows starts at 7:00 and 9:00 PM and the synchronization to Wizard of Oz starts at 8:00 PM. the price for both the laser light show and the dark side of the rainbow are $6.00 this ticket is for the laser light show and complimentary pass to the Dark Side of the Rainbow! For a list of coincidences, check out our Dark Side of the Rainbow page.
I am writing every
Astronomy Club and Astronomical Society that I can, individually, to ask
for your assistance in saving the Bell Labs Horn Antenna from ruin. I am
not selling anything nor am I asking for money. This is not
SPAM nor is it an automated email. If you are like me, you are not an activist
at heart but just want to enjoy the science of astronomy with friends and
associates. To do this we are, as Sir Isaac Newton put it so succinctly,
“Standing on the shoulders of giants”. Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were
not the tallest of those giants but they did make a revolutionary discovery
when they used the Horn Antenna to discover the Cosmic Microwave Background
Radiation left from the Big Bang creation of the universe. Penzias and
Wilson were awarded Nobel Prizes and went on to have successful careers.
The Horn Antenna underwent a much different fate. It was soon surpassed
by newer technology and abandoned. In 1989 it was awarded the status of
a National Historic Landmark and you would have thought that having that
status would have provided it with the care and maintenance it required
and deserved. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The National Park System
has no power to force the owners and caretakers of National Historic Landmarks
to provide any care at all. Because of this, it was easy for Alcatel-Lucent
Technologies, the company that took over Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey,
to simply ignore their civic obligation. A personal visit to the site revealed
to me that they had done just that. I ask that you look at the web site
that I have created, www.hornantennatoday.com and to recommend it to the
members of your Astronomical organization.
Allan Cook, Amateur Astronomer, firstname.lastname@example.org
10-inch Meade Classic LX200R $1400
I bought this as a spare several years ago and have never used it. Firmware v3.21. I’ve plugged it in to make sure it works but that’s it. The protective plastic has not been removed from the display and the sticker with the menus has never been applied. This will be offered first to the buyer of the scope, then sold separately if its not desired.
If I don't sell this together, I will be splitting up the OTA and the mount and selling them separately.
August Johnson email@example.com
These telescopes and many others are listed on
the Astronomical Exchange.
Hope to see everyone at the banquet,