This month’s meeting will be on Friday, January
4, at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering building, on the
campus of Auburn University. If you were good boys and girls last
year and Santa brought you some astro-toys for Christmas, be sure to bring
them for the “Show ‘n Tell” part of the meeting.
This month’s star party will be on Friday/Saturday
January 11/12, with the Friday date being the primary date Saturday as
a fall back in case of clouds Friday.
For Sale – Price
|From: Jeff Schaub firstname.lastname@example.org
I have decided to reduce the price of my
MEADE 10 " LX-50 SCT telescope, as I have had no action on it . I
will sell the telescope, heavy duty wedge and tripod and Telrad finder
for $1000.00 . The price does include a JMI electronic focuser.
I can be reached at 334 271 6833 .
I'm hoping to sell it quickly, as I am looking
forward to buying a lighter refractor and become active again in the clubs
activities. Because of some recurring back problems, the SCT has become
too much of a burden for me to move around.
Looking forward to seeing y'all soon,
From: David T. King, Jr. email@example.com
Lucille and I posted some pictures of
the Leonids from Utah in the NASA web page. You can see them at http://leonids.hq.nasa.gov/leonids/gallery/.
Click on "All Images Listed by Date" and click on Lucille Petruny's name.
From: Richard Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you have happy holidays!
I ran across a guy the other day who
wanted a bigger scope. Well, I have this 9.25 that weighs 85 lbs.
I had been thinking that a slightly smaller, GoTo scope would be nice.
Well we ended up making a trade and I ended up with a 6 month old Meade
LX 90 with quite a few accessories, in exchange for the 9.25 Ultima.
Must have been a good trade because both of us feel we made the better
trade. The Autostar function of the LX 90 is very helpful.
It makes it much nicer working with the kids. I don't have to spend
near as long finding something so they don't get bored.
From: Winston Blackmon email@example.com
The scope had amongst its accessories a 6.3 focal
reducer. I really like this as it gives more of the same view as the sorely
missed Dob I sold the club. Also the scope has a right angle finder
scope. This is much better than the straight through finder
on the 9.25. I would highly recommend a right angle finder to anyone
who was thinking of making that purchase. Added to the goodies is
an Orion dew shield ( not wild about it, just a hard thin plastic tube)
and a Scopetronix dew zapper.
I found a Meade 4000 8-24 zoom eyepiece on Astromart
to add to my collection. I am not sure about this one, from what
I hear you either really like them or hate them. I figure with the
focal reducer I will have a large enough field of view and a range from
50x to 160x.
The only other scope we have at this time is the
Stellarvue 80mm f9 refractor. (Nice small scope, much less color
than the short tube 80mm f5 Celestron I had).
Hope to see everyone Friday night,
Even though I haven't been seen for a
while, (I would like to blame it on the nature of my work as a truck driver)
I always enjoy reading the Astrofiles. In the recent issue an article
by Alan Akin caught my attention. He Wrote:
It was the best observing experience I've ever had. My parents and I got
see a fire ball. I was looking away at first then a bright object caught
my eye. It got brighter and brighter. Then it started breaking up into
pieces before it finally disappeared..."
I just wanted to share that I too was fortune enough
to witness a FIREBALL a few years back. And there is this organization
who would love to hear from anyone observing such an object. Let
me warn you that they will send you this detailed information request form
to complete on the viewing. But it's worth it because you can get
the full story behind your sighting. The organization is the International
Meteor Organization and they have a web-site located at: http://www.imo.net/.
From: Mike Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve finally got a good scope. I just
bought Ron's 10.1-inch Odyssey. The eyepieces are dynamite. I’ve
never used a Telrad before, supposed to be a sort of LASER viewfinder for
a telescope. Do they work well? Ron is a cool guy, I like him and his wife.
we had a enjoyable visit. What is your assessment of the Odyssey?
And I replied:
This was Ron Hatherley's Dob?
Nice scope. I shared a lot of eyepiece time with Ron when he was
active in the club. How'd you two find each other -- Astrofiles?
Mike has re-joined AAS (welcome back, Mike) and submitted
the following “interview”:
You'll love the Telrad. It's not a LASER
-- just a LED illuminated "heads-up" display for "zeroing" in on your targets.
[Editor's Note: Uh Oh! I
have to rant and I can't help myself. These heads-up finders are
“one power” (1X), NOT “zero power” (0X) devices as even some of the manufacturers'
claim. Close both eyes. THAT'S zero power. OK, I'll be
alright now. RDW]
You may find the following links useful:
Messier finder charts: http://www.utahskies.org/messier/messierTelrad.htm
Caldwell finder charts: http://www.swan.ac.uk/astra/astro/caldwell/
I was wondering who got a new telescope that caused
the overcast skies ;-)
Telescope(s):Odyssey 10.1 Dobsonian
Areas of special interest: astronomy / art
AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or
just getting into the hobby?
MB: I know some about astronomy, but I’m
AAS: What was your first experience that
attracted you to astronomy?
MB: Seeing the Moon for the first time
through a small scope.
AAS: Tell us a little about your family members;
spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?
MB: Various cousins, one older brother.
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal
Twelve years of school, and a couple years of
AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind?; How Many?
MB: Negative on the pets.
AAS: Where do you work?
MB: Briggs and Stratton, Corp.
AAS: Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do
MB: Aircraft, spaceflight, art, reading.
AAS: What was your first or favorite car?
MB: My current vehicle is a Chevy s-10
AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?
MB: Working in a print shop
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
MB: Hilton Head Island
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of
the U.S. or another country? Where?; When?
MB: I was born in falls church, VA. I lived
there until I was seven years old.
I’ve always liked astronomy. I would like to get
more experience in the subject, and learn to do more things in astronomy.
From: Bob Cook email@example.com
Hi my name is Bob Cook I live in Selma,
AL I would like to know if there are any clubs in Selma or anyone I
could talk to here about astronomy?
From: Laura Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for any help.
I got your name off your Auburn Astronomical
Society webpage. I am new to the area (Ft. Rucker, Alabama)
and I am looking for a astronomy club to get involved with. I am
a helicopter pilot that has been assigned to Ft. Rucker. A few years
ago I was involved with the Denver Astronomical Society and really enjoyed
it. I have my own telescope (Orion 90mm). Can you please give
me information about the club (when are the star parties)?
And I replied:
Thanks for taking the time to look us up.
I'm afraid our little club pales in comparison to DAS, but we'd love to
have you as part of the group. Our star parties are normally scheduled
on the weekend nearest the New Moon of each month. We schedule both
Friday and Saturday nights; Friday being the primary date with Saturday
as a cloudy weather date. You've just missed the December star party.
I don't have my January 2002 calendar yet, but the star party should be
around mid-month. I'll add your name to our e-mail list so you'll
know exactly when the next one is. Click on the "Star Party" menu
icon for maps and directions. Our current site is the Cliff Hill
Farm in Macon County. It would be a really good site except for his
neighbors' "security" lights. We're always looking for the perfect
It's quite a drive to Auburn from Ft. Rucker unless
you're flying up. Do you think the Army would mind if you borrowed
a 'copter for the evening? ;-)
Marcus Howell email@example.com
who lives in Enterprise, was a member of AAS a few years back. You
might want to check with him to see if he's started a group in the Wiregrass
area. He has a Web site at:
He has a 6-inch f/8 home built Dobsonian.
If you have any questions about AAS that aren't
covered on the Web pages, just drop me a message.
From: Scott Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Scott for his space-art demonstration
at our December meeting!
Here’s a picture of the solar eclipse that took
place December 14, as the sun set.
Filter for my 14.5
From: Lacy Thomas email@example.com
I thought this might be of interest to
y'all. Ginger is one of the most accomplished amateur astronomers
that I know of and a major binovue user! She's also a digital photo
Lacy and anyone else interested,
made a Baader solar filter for my 14.5 (also my 10" SM, my little
refractor and my binocs) using foam board (I would get thicker if
I were doing it again). After cutting a piece of foam board the diameter
of the top of the secondary cage, I cut an approx 5" hole, just like
for an aperture mask, and put the Baader material over the hole with
double sided scotch tape. I cut another piece of foam board to hold
the Baader material in place and secured with duct tape (should have
been black) - note, the material is NOT supposed to be tight.
Also note, the hole must be positioned between the outside edge of the
primary mirror and the outside of the secondary mirror (make it a little
smaller so you have a little room to play with). I then made
covers for both sides of the filter, held in place with Velcro to protect
the Baader material when the filter is not in use. (I keep it in
a medium sized good quality plastic store bag.) The 3 pieces of duct
tape on the edges are holding 3 little pieces of Velcro to hold the filter
to the top/side edge of the secondary cage. Note the hole for
the secondary bolt to come through in the middle. With the filter
attached using the Velcro to the sides and the secondary bolt coming through
it's very secure on the scope. Here are the links to the pics which
are in our Files/Accessories folder. You may have to copy and
paste the links if too long. Otherwise just to our Files area
look for them. Here are the direct links. Hope this all makes
filter close up
filter with covers in place
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,