In this Issue
our monthly meeting on Friday, January 4, at 7:45PM, in room
215 of Davis Hall,
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 6:45PM.
star party this month will be on Saturday, January 12, at Cliff
Jan. 07, Monthly
meeting in room 215
of Davis Halll
Jan. 12, Dark-sky
star party at Cliff Hill’s
Jan. 19, Forest
Lolley has asked that we try the stargaze again for the Forest Ecology
Preserve on Saturday, January 19, with February 16 as the backup.
Jen is looking into trying Kiesel Park while keeping the Mary Olive Thomas
site as a fall back. Details will be coming soon.
Biggers, with Tuskegee Airmen NHS, has requested that we reschedule
their stargaze for a date to be determined in March.
wrote to ask about a stargaze for his scouts to get their Astronomy Merit
looking for help with our Wetumpka Troop to earn the Astronomy merit badge.
I particular we need some viewing through telescopes. Here's the
Plan and participate
in a three-hour observation session that includes using binoculars or a
telescope. List the celestial objects you want to observe, and find each
on a star chart or in a guidebook. Prepare an observing log or notebook.
Show your plan, charts, and log or notebook to your counselor before making
your observations. Review your log or notebook with your counselor afterward.
I will serve as the counselor.
between Wetumpka and Eclectic and fairly good dark sky behind my house
with good open space. I can supply extension cord power quite a ways.
I could provide an hour or so of "lecture" over the other requirements
then go out for the 3 hour sky session.
or Sat would be good but the boys are out of school from 24 Dec through
Jan 7 so a week night could work as well. Thoughts! Thank you
been an astronomy lover ever since the Edmund Scientific catalogs were
in the mail, but have never purchased a scope (yet!). I attended
B'ham sky party last year.
I'm sure we
can work something out, but not this month. We're scheduled to have
a Webelos stargaze tomorrow night here in Montgomery, but it looks like
we may have to reschedule because of clouds.
We have two
other events that will have to be rescheduled (one will be in January)
as well. Between the weather and our folks holiday activities, I'm
afraid it will be at least January before we can commit to your event.
I read the part in the link you sent about dressing for the cold, but if
you could wait until March, it would be a bit more pleasant for everyone.
Let me get
back to you next month to work out the details.
asking and for your patience,
December 11, we visited with the Webelos at St. James Methodist
Church on Vaughn Road in Montgomery. Den leader, Allen Gilbert,
had sent a list of the requirements for their Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin.
Since the sky was completely overcast, we could only have the indoor talk
about how the sky works and the tools astronomers use to study the sky
and checking off the requirements as we completed each topic. They’re
planning a father-son camp out at Fort Toulouse this spring.
We’ll plan to have the telescopic viewing then.
From: Larry McHenry:
Video-of Minor Planet Toutatis
I was able to successfully observe the Earth-crossing asteroid 4179 Toutatis
from my backyard observatory. While not as bright and quick moving
as last year's YU55, it was still fun to hunt down and image Toutatis.
Here is the YouTube video:
'4179 Toutatis' on 12/13/2012 from 7:26pm to 7:58 pm. Four second
exposure every 20 seconds using a 8" LX200GPS SCT at f6.3 & StellaCam-3
monochrome astrovideo camera.
Owsley: How to Defend Earth From Asteroids http://huff.to/12sPZN9
(about 25 minutes)
Mercer: Moon - Jupiter conjunction
Day we were honoured with a close encounter between the moon and Jupiter.
I was very lucky to capture all the 4 moons of Jupiter in alignment. If
one enlarges the image to full resolution, one will also notice the Great
Red Spot (present at the time of my imaging session), call it "the cherry
on the cake" for Christmas. I was very lucky about that. Here is
link: This image is a composition of 2 sets of images (6 exposures
each)taken with a Canon 550 DSLR + a 300mm. f/5.6 Canon Telephoto lens.
has re-joined for 2013 and completed our minimum requirement for the Astronomy
magazine subscriptions. Thanks, Glynn and welcome back!
a chance to get out with my new Orion XT8 (8 inch Dobsonian) and even from
the HORRIBLE location of my back deck, in my WELL lit subdivision, in the
seriously light polluted suburbs of LaGrange, I got to EASILY see some
AWESOME views of Jupiter & FOUR of it's moons, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse,
Rigel, Capella, and LOTS of unidentified stars! Unfortunately, after an
hour of viewing, you guessed it, The clouds rolled in. But I think I am
officially hooked! Needless to say, I am REALLY looking forward to getting
it out to the next Star Party!!!!!!!!
I took a timelapse
of the Gemenid meteor shower on the 14th. I then took all of the shots
with meteors and stacked them into a composite image and got this.
NASA has released
two FREE e-books about the Hubble Space Telescope and the future Webb
Space Telescope. They are available as interactive books for Apple
iPads or as non-interactive PDFs for other e-readers. More info at: http://hubblesite.org/ibooks/
Photo From: David McConnell
the heads up Russell. The pic looks good I thought. I took 3 and I liked
I have officially
discovered the ultimate definition of irony....Dec. 25th Conjunction of
the Moon & Jupiter, Check! Christmas gifts of 10x50 binoculars and
Orion XT8 Telescope, CHECK!!!!!!! So what happens? TOTAL overcast, low
level thick fog, and severe thunderstorms! So if my luck is this bad, what
kind of weather will I get when someday I try to see a total Solar eclipse?
[We've all felt your pain, Scott]
From: Trevor McGuire
My name is
Trevor and I am a member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical society.
I've put a telescope up on Cloudynights, but I also thought I should let
the regional clubs know just in case anyone more local was interested.
The description is below:
I've had this
Lightbridge for a number of years now (only owner) and I've loved every
minute of it. The opportunity has arisen to get a 12" LB, so I'm seeing
if I can sell this one to finance the upgrade.
The scope has
all the standard parts and some upgrades. First and foremost, the mirror
was recoated by Spectrum Coatings only a month ago. I had this done because
the old coating was badly scratched by an unfortunate accident. It is essentially
a brand new mirror. Additionally, I made a second EP holder that holds
4 2" EPs and I have that mounted on my primary observing side with the
stock EP holder on the other side. I also made little aluminum brackets
that attach the upper cage to the lower and allows me to store it in the
included duffel bag perfectly. I'm cheap, so I never bought Bob's Knobs,
but I did replace the stock philips head secondary mirror adjustment screws
with some hex head bolts. Sometimes I can adjust with my fingers, but sometimes
I just use a socket that I hold in my hand (no drive needed). The primary
mirror has the latest (at least I think it is the latest) Catseye collimation
sticker centered on it and the secondary mirror has been offset as per
the Catseye procedure when you buy their collimation kit. The upper rim
of the upper cage has been (albeit poorly) flocked, and that helps with
outreach events in lighted areas.
I will include the telrad and a 10" Orion solar filter.
I am asking
$575 for the whole shebang and we can meet somewhere between you an Baton
Rouge if you want.
Trevor sent images of his scope not included here. Let him know if
you’d like to see them.]
Hope to see
you at the meeting,