Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, May 4, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. On the agenda will be a discussion on ordering AAS shirts for those who have joined since out last batch a few years ago. The parking lot behind the AE building has reopened.
We have two chances for a dark-sky star party this month. The first will be on Saturday, May 12, then again on the following Saturday, May 19, at Cliff Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
May 4, May meeting
Saturday, April 21, was a beautiful clear spring day with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70's and with a mild breeze all afternoon and evening. The Auburn Astronomical Society in partnership with the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their combined efforts in celebrating National Astronomy Day, the planetarium in Oak Park in Montgomery.
Planetarium director, Rick Evans', announcements on National Public Radio's WTSU (and satellite stations) and nice article in the Montgomery Advertiser brought out an estimated crowd of 250 visitors for this year's event. Rick is as good a host as he is a publicist. Rick had name tags for us and later, pizza and soft drinks. Rick also had a huge cake decorated with an image of the Andromeda Galaxy on it for the visitors to help celebrate our tenth year of cooperation.
The following were there with their scopes to help with Astronomy Day:
• Rhon & Joyce Jenkins -- AAS's PST solar scopeScopeless this year, but there for moral support were:
• Gail & Marvin SmithermanSeveral visitors with scopes from a 60mm refractor, to a 12-inch Dobsonian showed up to help. Scores of AAS information handouts, catalogs, and past issues of magazines were taken by our visitors.
Our day's events included:
3:00PM: AAS members and friends began setting up telescopes. Early bird visitors were able to view the four-day-old Moon, and the Sun in the light of hydrogen-alpha with the AAS PST scope, and members filtered white-light images.Many thanks to all who participated, and special thanks to Rick Evans for making this happen every year for the past decade. It was great to visit with our old friends and make some new ones.
Images of the day's activities are at “Field Trips” link from the AAS menu, then to “W.A. Gayle Planetarium Events”. .
Jeff Logue wrote to say that he has ordered an eight-inch Dobsonian.
John Zachry had to get a new computer and will be out of e-touch for a week or so.
John Tatarchuk is going to Huntsville this summer for a co-op position and will be back with us in the fall.
It’s been two years since we placed our last order for AAS shirts. Since then, we’ve had several new members requesting shirts. If you are interested in having one (or more), let me know and I’ll forward the order to Ricky Woods & Scott Thompson, who have so abely handled this for us in years past. We’ll need to know:
Tele Vue Announces new Eyepiece Design
From: "Robert Harris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tele Vue has a page up on its new Tele Vue 13mm
Ethos eyepiece now:
Tele Vue 13mm Ethos Specifications
* Apparent Field: 100º
From: "Victor" <email@example.com>
Through this post I would like to let you all know I put 284 NexTours online, for use with Celestron's NexStar controlled telescopes and software.
Many of you read the Spring 2007 edition of Uncle Rod's Skywatch, for which I wrote an article titled "Guided Observations". The guides on my website have matching Autostar tours for use with Meade's telescopes.
Yesterday I added Nextours to it, 284 in total. The number of tours will continue to grow and will be updated whenever it's needed. I hope you will give the tours a try, with or without the matching observation guide(s). Please let me know how they work!
They can be found on my website www.clearskies.nl,
under Guides, Logs & Tours.
New Astronomy Magazine
From: "Thad Floryan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just heard about this earlier today: Astronomy
A sample article about Hyperstar on a C14 is here:
Sidewalk Astronomy Night (April 19, 2007)
Fresh on the heels of our April program on John Dobson’s push for “taking astronomy to the people”, let’s see if there is interest in doing this: http://home.earthlink.net/~sidewalkastronomynight/
Female Amateur Astronomers
Dear Amateur Astronomer:Hoping to see everyone at the meeting and star party,