Kevin sets up to help at the Scope Clinic
Last night's Scope Clinic was very well attended by club members eager to answer questions and offer recommendations to the public and other members about selecting astronomical equipment.
Steve Germann demonstrated telescope anatomy by assembling a Galileoscope in front of a crowd of interested spectators. The assembled telescope was tested and everyone had a chance to look through it before it was raffled off.
Steve assembles a Galileoscope before an enthralled crowd.
Due to the club's efforts, I'm sure Santa will be delivering fewer "trash" scopes this Christmas!
This is the best place to put some of the links and information i mentioned.
First of all, the name of the mystery comet...
C/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami)
and some photos of it, courtesy of Paul Mortfield.
and the link to Cartes Du Ciel
which will help you download a zip, which when unzipped, contains an exe which installs it all.
And finally, a series of star maps for Auriga.
This is for connect-the-dots. Kudos to anyone with a creative line drawing that uses most of the stars. You don't have to make a shepherd, but if you draw something else, let us know why the drawing is as it is (your legend to go with the constellation)
From your browser, right-click on an image and choose 'save picture as'. You should then be able to print it just by double-clicking it and selecting the print toolbar button in your preview program.
A star chart just showing stars in Auriga brighter than Magnitude 4.5
A chart shoing the stars of Auriga brighter than magnitude 5.0
A chart showing the stars of Auriga brighter than Magnitude 5.5
A chart showing the stars of Auriga brighter than Magnitude 6.0
A chart showing the stars of Auriga brighter than magnitude 6.5
The most detailed chart, shows the stars of Auriga brighter than magnitude 7.0
I found this by chance. Its a series of charts with a manual and index of objects. It seems to be very well done and has a lot of deep sky detail. See what you think.
M13 my first glob photo
Here is the finished product of my M13 photo. Not bad for a first try even if I do say so my self.
Many thanks to Kerry for all her help in processing. A special thanks to all those who came by last night for my impromptu photo get together.
Two different Waterdown Cub troops joined together for a fun night of astronomy with members of the HAA. After a creating a human solar system and enjoying the opportunity to look at some meteorites up close, we all adjourned to the parking lot of Guy Brown School for some viewing under clear skies. Jim brought his big Schmidt-Cassegrain, Ann had her fine dob, Andrew also had his large dob, Joe had his 5" Mak, Wayne his large binoculars and I had my small but mighty refractor. Michael ushered the troops to the various instruments, where they enjoyed views of Jupiter, M13 and Alberio. Most of the cubs correctly identified the yellow and blue colours of this lovely binary, and Jupiter showed fine detail on this particularly steady night, with some of the cubs even noting detail within the north equatorial belt.
All of the boys and girls were very keen to look through the scopes, and cub Jonathon was an enthusiastic assistant and helped set up and tear down the instuments.
Well over 30 cubs and many more leaders and parents enjoyed the evening, and so did the seven members of the HAA in attendance. Thanks to all for the great night!
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