Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
September 2011

In this Issue

Events Calendar Member News
Web Links
Please Welcome…
Free S&T Magazines
PSSG Speakers and Program

Events Calendar

There will be NO MEETING IN SEPTEMBER.  Our normal “first Friday” date conflicts with Labor Day weekend and the Utah State football weekend in Auburn.  The second Friday would be the fall-back date, but it’s another home game weekend. By the time we get to the first away game, we’re halfway through the month, so let’s just plan to have our dark sky star party at Cliff Hill’s farm on Saturday, September 17.  September 24th  is actually closer to the new moon, but lights from another home game destroys the eastern half of the sky.  We shouldn’t have any more home game weekend conflicts this year.

Sep. 01-06, An unusual run of consecutive evening ISS passes
Sep. 04, First quarter moon
Sep. 12, Full moon
Sep. 20, Third quarter moon
Sep. 17, dark sky star party at Cliff Hill’s farm – weather permitting.
Sep. 25 - Oct. 02, Peach State Star Gaze 11, Deerlick Astronomy Village GA
Oct. 07, Monthly meeting in room 215 of Davis Hall, Aerospace Engineering building.
Oct. 21-23, StarFest 2011, Bays Mountain Astronomy Club in Kingsport, TN
Oct. 22, dark sky star party at Cliff Hill’s farm – weather permitting.
Oct. 26-30, Deep South Regional Star Gaze XXIX, Feliciana Retreat Center, Norwood, Louisiana

Web Links

Students from the Auburn University School of Architecture shared with the community of Wetumpka and the media several proposals regarding the Alabama Impact Crater and Science Center to be located in Wetumpka.

From John Zachry:

A good place to watch NASA TV over the Internet is:

Free Sky & Tel Magazines

From: Alan Cook

If you are interested in back issues of Sky & Telescope  magazine from the last twelve years or so please contact me at <> to make arrangements for their acquisition.

Member News

Lisa Spencer wrote:

My brother was asking about the comet Elenin. Will you tell me more about it?
I replied:

How are things down your way?  To be honest, I was unfamiliar this one.  Here's what I found on the  Sky & Telescope site: Comet Elenin

Thanks for calling this to my attention and for staying in touch.  I hope you can come back for another star party this fall.

From: Chad Ellington
Subject: Occultation of (360) Carlova on 2011 August 15 ~8:50:25 UT

Recorded a miss from the backyard. I also ran a scope up at exit 181 on I-65 though I think it recorded a miss as well. The UA observatory in Tuscaloosa recorded over 2 seconds of occultation though, so the shadow probably went north of here.
Beautiful clear, cool skies last night.

From Rex Roach:

Yep, still here. I just turned 65, so I'm beginning to at least THINK about retirement. That was a heck of a gate, as I recall. Seems like we used some or one of those little 18:1 gearboxes to crank the roof on the observatory as well. Of course my wife says I remember a lot of things that never happened. Too bad that site didn't last very long. Sure was convenient. 
Rex was replying to one of our ISS pass alerts.  He is referring to our old Moore’s Meadow Observatory, where he and Rhon installed a steel gate in front of the entrance in an effort to deter our annual fall visitors.  Rex still works at DeepRock Manufacturing, in Opelika. They used a DeepRock two-man power auger to set the gate.  It’s good to hear from you again Rex. 

Please Welcome…

Eric Bair wrote:
I found your information on the website. I have been looking for a group in the Montgomery area of amateur astronomers. I recently received a telescope, and was hoping to find out about any star parties that may be occurring soon. I would like to learn more about the night sky, and observing techniques.   I have an Orion XT8 as well as binoculars. The XT8 seems simple enough to use. I have been trying to get it out any clear night we get, even if it is in the city. I would like to learn more about various lenses for different viewing situations, but I may start to learn that just by getting it out and looking through it more.  Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

I replied:

Thanks for taking the time to look us up and for asking about the AAS.  Our next star party is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, at Cliff Hill's Farm.   If you're just beginning to learn the night sky, you may want to try the link to "The Stars" by H. A. Rey, on our FAQ page.  If you have specific questions about your telescope, we'll do our best to get you going.  I'm adding your address to our e-mail list so you can keep up with what we're up to. 

PSSG Speakers and Program
Solar System Symposium

Friday September 30
Tom Wilson has put together the following speakers for Friday's Solar System Symposium:
Theo Raimakers, Solar Imaging and observing
Rich Jakiel, Lunar imaging and observing
Dan Llewellyn, Advanced imaging
Brian Combs, Advanced imaging
Dr. Richard Schmude, Scientific use of data collected by amateur imagers.

Jonn Serrie
The Stargazer's Journey
Jonn will play music during the evening Friday night under the starry skies of the DAV.

Saturday October 1
Chris Hetlage, Shuttle, The Final Missions
Tom Crowley, An Introduction to the Interstellar Medium the stuff between the stars
Pixie Bruner, “In the Umbra of the Boys- Women Astronomers"

Hoping to see everyone at the star party and the October meeting,