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Sep 13

Skyward for October 2021 By David H. Levy

Fond memories of Carolyn Shoemaker One clear evening during the summer of 2019, I was using Pegasus, one of my childhood friend Carl’s telescopes, at our annual Adirondack Astronomy Retreat. When my cellphone began to ring, I picked it up with some surprise. At the other end of the line was Carolyn Shoemaker. I was thrilled to hear from her, as it had been some time since our last contact. Carolyn was doing well, except for a mild loss of hearing. She had called to say that since her daughter and son-in-law had moved to New Mexico, she would be living at the Peaks, a comfortable assisted living facility in Flagstaff. My colleague Brent Archinal gave me her cell phone number. I was able to speak with her again a few months later. I wanted to find a way to increase the frequency of our conversations. “You speak with your brother Richard every Monday,” Wendee commented, and suggested, “Why not call Carolyn every Monday as well? For the next 18 months that’s what I did. Carolyn would pick up the phone and announce, “It is David. It must be Monday!” Wendee would often join the discussion as well. But when […]

Aug 18

Skyward for September 2021. Astronline. By David H. Levy.

Skyward for September. Astronline. By David H. Levy. During the last almost two years I have been busier than ever, meeting many new people, giving lectures, quoting poetry, and advocating observing the night sky. And Wendee and I have barely left home. Obviously, I have not been able to give lectures in person since the Covid 19 pandemic began. On the home front for me, our local Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association meets the first Friday of every month online over the Zoom cloud. (see www.tucsonastronomy.org) But almost every day, I reconnect with friends in astronomy clubs around the world. On Tuesdays, I am a part of Scott Roberts’ weekly Global Star Party. (For more about this, visit https://explorescientificusa.com/products/explore-alliance-global-star-party) Scott has now had more than 60 of these wonderful events, and I enjoy each one. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, I am part of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, where I meet people I’ve known for years, especially Carl, one of my best friends since we were teenagers in 1964. As a graduate student at Queen’s University in the 1970s, I also was active with the RASC’s Kingston Centre. I have also reconnected with the Denver Astronomical […]

Aug 7

Meteor Shower Party – Canceled!

Well, it looks like we will be clouded out tonite, so the Meteor Shower Party at Pleasant Valley Junior High School has been canceled… The Perseids can be seen for another week or two, so get out side and look up… head to a dark area if possible… We’ll hold the event again next year! Clear Skies, Jeff

Aug 1

07/31/2021 at Menke

The night started out quite a bit clouded than expected… fortunately Robert and I completed a multistar alignment of the 14″ SCT by sunset… we talked with Sam and Rolando, who had first light with a new 210mm f3.8 Explore Scientific Newt that he just bought… We checked to see how well the WiFi worked out on the field, and we were able to use zoom and walk the perimeter of the site successfully… very cool! Guests Byron and Jen showed up shortly after and they brought 4 scopes with them that they set up… 2 smaller refracrors, a 12″ and a 17″ dob… pretty cool! Shortly thereafter the skies did some clearing and the visual astronomy began. Here is what Robert and I viewed: + Albierio + M56 + Dumbell Nebula  + M71 + Eta Cas… Achird… double star + Mu Bootes double double star… b is 2.25″! + Xi Bootes double star  + 1962 Struve double star + Saturn + Jupiter + Andromeda  The last couple hours were pretty humid for the guys outdoors, but it seems like everyone had a great time… luv those binaries! Tomorrow nite, with a little luck… we’ll give it another shot as […]

Jul 18

July 19 Club Meeting and August 7th Meteor Shower Party

Hi all! We will again be holding our annual Meteor Shower Party at the Pleasant Valley Junior High School this year! The event starts after sunset on Saturday, August 7th… come a bit early to set up your lawn chairs for a wonderful evening under the stars… we hope! Club members sometimes bring telescopes and binoculars for viewing, but these are not required for enjoying the meteor shower… so guests, lawn chairs and non-alchoholic beverages are sufficient! Of course if we are clouded or rained out, the event will be canceled… We will be selling raffle tickets for a nice, new, intro level telescope at the event… $2 per ticket… three for $5… need not be present to win! The scope is an Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro Reflector, and has all the accessories needed to get you off and running! To prepare you for the event, you are also welcome to join us at our virtual club meeting on Monday, July 19th at 7PM… we will be giving a presentation on space rocks and Meteor showers and then a few more details specifically about the August Perseid Meteor Shower! Questions, as are guests, are always welcome! Here is the link […]

Jul 18

Skyward for September 2021. By David Levy

Skyward for September 2021. By David Levy Rebirth of an Observatory. “How would you like to go to prison?” was one of the first things that Frank Lopez asked me. My stunned expression prompted Frank to clarify: “The Federal prison off Wilmot Road has an astronomy club.” That was enough: we enjoyed two wonderful evenings down there, and even showed Orion to the group using one of my favorite telescopes. I dealt with Frank once again in the last few months, as our Jarnac Observatory’s Shaar house, the major observatory building in my back yard, threatened to collapse earlier this year. The Shaar name is from the Hebrew word for “gate” or “opening” and I use the name because the structure resembles a miniature version of our Shaar Hashomayim synagogue in Montreal. The observatory is as much a temple for me as the Shaar was. Frank brings a lifetime of experience to the observatories he builds and repairs. He came up with a plan that would restore my building with a brand new sliding roof. Working occasionally with assistants but mostly alone, the construction took several months, virtually all last winter and spring. (Actually my sliding roof is the entire […]

Jul 8

Virtual Public Meeting Sat, July 10… 8pm

Well, it looks like our Public Nite is going to be weathered out again… But hey, let’s do a virtual one anyway! A perfect time to ask intro level questions about the hobby… what scopes would be best for you… where to buy them… what you can expect to do with them after you get them… accessories… good ones… better ones… why it gets cloudy when you get yours! Zoom in this coming Saturday… 8PMish: https://zoom.us/j/92166254560?pwd=UHBPZEpoQk05MmI5RExsWnFBazIydz09 Jeff

Jun 13

June 12th at the Menke

Pretty nice turnout for tonites event. At the observatory we had  Jeff S, Steve S, Robert M, Byron D, Ken B, Rusty C, Mike D, and a few guests. Joining by Zoom we had Ron M, and Cecil W. The guests and club members wandering into the dome were shown Venus, Mars, the Moon, Albireo, M13, M92, M57 – Ring Nebula, M81, M82, M27 – Dumbell Nebulae, and NGC 7543 – Cats Eye Nebulae. After the guests left we found quite a few of the many Virgo galaxies… we topped off the evening with M51 – the Whirlpool Galaxy. The Zoom portion of the meeting was a bit boring, so for next time we can try to add a live view scope and camera on top of the 14″ SCT so virtual attendees can watch us work on Stellarium and talk to us and then view what we are looking at thru the piggy back rig. We keep getting better! Thanks to all that attended, and club attendees, please do a reply to all letting us know how things worked for you! Clear Skies! Jeff

Jun 6

The move has begun!

Wow! Nice work guys… the below is from Mike: Hi Guys , John B and myself, Mike D, had a fantastic day at the Menke roll off. Jim R marked the holes in the 4″x6” steel beams yesterday. I brought it home with me last night and drilled all 8 holes this morning. Then since John B was out there I decided to bring the steel out today, couldn’t believe all the holes lined up the first time. Jim R can mark holes to be drilled any time for me, unbelievable first time fit 🙂! Now all we need is Steve V to come out and align and fine tune for polar alignment and any other fine tuning. The black protective box clears, could take a small portion of the black rubber pad away and give a little more room. I would keep the mount as low as it can go and yet the black box clear the floor or even cut a quarter to maybe a half inch off the bottom and lower the top for mounting bolts as low as they can go. More solid the shorter the all thread bolts are. Made really good progress today ! […]

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