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1996 to 2003 index
1996 All-Arizona Messier Marathon This years Marathon was held on March 16th at a new location south of an older observing site south of Arizona City. This is a very dark and secluded location about 20 miles past Arizona City. 1996 Messier Marathon Results A.J. Crayon 5/1/1996
1996 All-Arizona Star Party, Big Turnout, So-So Skies The All-Arizona Star Party at Arizona City was sponsored by the East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) on October 11 & 12. I had been looking forward to this for quite some time and took off Friday from work to get down there in plenty of time and do some observing both nights. (PHOTO'S) Ken Reeves 12/1/1996
1996 Sentinel Star Gaze A BIG SUCCESS There where 42 telescopes and about 60 folks ready to observe with them as darkness approached for this year's Sentinel Star Gaze. Once twilight faded there where even more photos of Comet Hyakutake taken and overhead Leo, Virgo and The Big Dipper invited everyone to visit far-away galaxies by the hundreds. Steve Coe 5/1/1996
1997 Arizona Messier Marathon, Saturday, March 8, 1997 This year's Marathon was held on March 8th at a site south of Arizona City, AZ. It was attended by 66 telescopes and an assortment of anxious observers. This, the fifth consecutive Marathon, was attended by members of four of the more active astronomy clubs in Arizona: East
Valley Astronomy Club, Scottsdale; Saguaro Astronomy
Club, Phoenix; Tucson Amateur Astronomical Association
and the astronomy club at the University of Arizona.
A.J. Crayon 4/1/1997
1997 Starry Nights Festival Thanks to an invitation from the Town of Yucca Valley, California, we will hold the first Western Region, Astronomical League (WRAL) star party, this fall. Robert Gent 8/1/1997
1998 Arizona Messier Marathon This year's Marathon; scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 1998; generated more excitement than in the last few years. It was easily generated due to the fact that chances for observing the entire Messier Catalog were very high. A.J. Crayon 5/1/1998
1998 Leonid Meteor Shower, Report from Florence Junction, AZ A friend I work with is such an avid meteor observer that a condition for taking the job we offered him was that he could be assured of having time off for the 1999 Leonid's. That was in 1994. This year, Bob and I considered driving NW of Wickenberg to view the Leonid's just in case this turned out to be THE YEAR. Bernie Sanden 1/1/1999
2000 All Arizona Messier Marathon Final Standings 6/1/2000
2000 ARIZONA MESSIER MARATHON The Messier Marathon is designed to encourage Deep Sky observing. By joining in with other marathoners you will enjoy companionship of those also involved. It will test your observing
skills. If you are a club member in good standing then join in and do so just for the FUN OF IT.
A.J. Crayon 2/1/2000
2001 All Arizona Messier Marathon, Final Results 6/1/2001
2001 A Year of Sky Events Joe Orman 1/1/2001
2001 All Arizona Messier Marathon A.J. Crayon 6/1/2001
2002 A Year of Sky Events, A Listing of Joe Orman Moments Joe Orman 1/1/2002
2002 All Arizona Messier Marathon Results, Arizona City, April 13th, 2002 6/1/2002
4th Anniversary Celebration: ďAbout Arizona Astronomy" Christine Shupla 4/1/2001
8.4 Meter Spin Casting and Mirror Lab Open House The University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab is anticipating spin casting of the first 8.4 meter blank for the Large Binocular Telescope on the 17th of January. Dean Ketelsen 1/1/1997
A Magical Evening It certainly didn't look like it was going to be a great night under the stars, but A.J. and I were going out anyway! Clouds had built up all afternoon and it did not look good in the direction of the site for the Saguaro Astronomy Club Star Party, near Buckeye, Arizona. But, like I said, A.J. and I were going anyway. Steve Coe 10/1/1996
A Marathon Experience As A.J. Crayon, organizer of the SAC-sponsored 1997
Arizona Messier Marathon, handed me a form and walked off into the sunset, I was undecided about attempting the event this year
Bernie Sanden 4/1/1997
A Night at the Vega-Bray Observatory Joan McGue 1/1/2002
A Night Out with the Schmidt Camera I have been doing guided astrophotography, for about 25 years now. In that time I've seen many changes in films, optical systems, and telescopes. Many fancy optical systems, come and go, however one design remains supreme and has been for many years. Chris Schur 11/1/1998
A Perspective on Arizona Observing & Astronomy Clubs Sometimes, the best view of what you are doing may come from someone just passing through, or happening by. A year and a half may be a bit beyond this but I would like to offer my impressions and expressions about Arizona observing. Russ Chmela 9/1/1997
A Record-Breaking Crescent Moon Sighting The window had just opened. It was 25 minutes after sunset. Six of us, Tom Polakis, Steve Redman, Bernie Sanden, Bill Waltz, Regina Lawless and myself were peering through our telescopes at a spot a couple of degrees above the horizon, just north of where the Sun had set. Pierre Schwaar 3/1/1996
A Second ďNewĒ Telescope A.J. Crayon 2/1/2001
A Spectacular Shuttle Re-entry
Space Shuttle Re-Entry
Tom Polakis and I witnessed a spectacular shuttle re-entry "Friday night" at about 12:20 A.M. Saturday morning. I arrived at Vekol Rd. at about 12 to find that Paul Knauth and others had left because of clouds. Paul Lind & Tom Polakis 3/1/1996
A Story Above Your Heads, Cancer Mark Klosinski 3/1/2002
A Story Above Your Heads, Coma Berenice Mark Klosinski 4/1/2002
A Story Above Your Heads, Mercury Mark Klosinski 6/1/2002
A Story Over Your Heads, Ophiuchus Mark Klosinski 7/1/2002
A Story Over Your Heads, The Pleiades Mark Klosinski 10/1/2001
A Year of Sky Events - 2003 Joe Orman 1/1/2003
Adventures in Sky-Shooting from Arizona For the astrophotographer, Arizona offers the amateur the opportunity to produce shots unparalleled anywhere in the world. Chris Schur 8/1/1996
An Astronomical Banquet, Celebrating 20 Years of the Saguaro Astronomy Club On Friday, May 30th there will be a dinner banquet to celebrate the 20th year since the formation of the Saguaro Astronomy Club. 4/1/1997
An Astronomical Odyssey It all started with a visit by an old friend. Tom Clark and I had met once, at Riverside, but we had corresponded for many years. Tom and his wife, Jeannie were making their way out West to visit some of the scenic parks near the Four Corners area. A 36" f/5 Newtonian is going to stick way up in the air regardless of how it is constructed. Steve Coe 1/1/1996
An Update on Milan Moiston Theory The announcement of Milan Moiston Theory (MMT) was greeted with glee by astronomers everywhere because it explains so well why clouds always seem to form over new telescopes, why dark-moon nights are usually over-cast, and many other phenomena. However, it also left many with a sense of despair because it seemed there was nothing one could do about it. But there may now be cause for hope. Wil Milan 12/1/1997
Angel and Twinkling Stars Other planets are being found that circle their own suns. Roger Angel spoke on new methods of finding and directly observing extra-solar planets on December 3, 2001 in the main lecture hall at the new Learning Center recently completed on (or in) the Quad of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Marjory Williams and Jack Jones 1/1/2002
Another Look at the All-Arizona Star Party On the Friday of the first night of the All-Arizona Star Party, it seems that everything was in disarray. I seemed to be even more disorganized than I was for the Kitt Peak Cook-out the weekend earlier. (PHOTO'S) Paul Dickson 12/1/1996
Arizona Science Center Presents Looking Back to the Big Bang As a special offer to Saguaro Astronomy Club Members, we will be giving a discount of $3.00 off each ticket.
Tod R. Lauer, an astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, will speak on "Looking Back to the Big Bang."
Asteroid (5460) Now Named TseNaatai At the end of September the 1996 Festival of Science was held in Flagstaff. As part of this event, I offered a numbered but unnamed asteroid to be assigned a name chosen from among suggestions submitted by participants in the festival. Brian Skiff 1/1/1997
Asteroid 13006/Schwaar 3/1/2001
Astro Bits In my quest to become a better observer, Iíve looked for ways to improve my drawings and sketches. One thing that Iíve done that I hope will help is I made up a set of "rules" for each of my
Thad Robosson 2/1/2003
Astro Bits Shortly after the purchase of my Discovery Ďscope, I was clued in to one painful fact. A large Dob is nice, but it is no fun when trying to use high powers or doing sketches. For this reason, I decided I was going make myself a tracking board for my new toy. Thad Robosson 10/1/2002
Astro Bits, Simplification, The Big KISS Simplicity is such a great concept. A concept that when used properly, allows us to function with considerably less headache and stress. Tasks become much more enjoyable when simplicity is the basis for completion. Thad Robosson 1/1/2003
AstroByteĖ Freeware You Can Use, A Product Review Rick Tejera 4/1/2002
Astroimage '97 The Orange County Astronomers (OCA) and its special interest group (SIG), the Electronics Oriented Astronomers, with California State University Physics Department are co-sponsoring ASTROIMAGE 97, a one-day seminar on astronomical imaging. 10/1/1997
Astronomy 101, Aperture Fever: Catch It Rick Tejera 9/1/2001
Astronomy 101, Are We There Yet?? Just when I think Iím not going to think of anything to write about, BAM, Inspiration hits. This months tidbits of my mind come to you courtesy of a discussion on the AZ-Observing E-mail list. What started out as Who wants to go to eagle Eye this weekend turned into a discussion on which of our sites are best. For sake of discussion the conversation left out Flat Iron as we were talking about the more distant sites; Sentinel, Eagle Eye and the new Cherry Rd Site. Rick Tejera 10/1/2000
Astronomy 101, For the Record Rick Tejera 3/1/2001
Astronomy 101, Hey Man, I'm Wired Now that Iíve got you wondering about the title of this monthís installment, no it isnít a tribute to Cheech & Chong; weíre going to talk about computers in astronomy. I think Iíll talk mostly about planetarium & charting programs, but Iíll touch on some other uses & topics too. Rick Tejera 11/1/2000
Astronomy 101, How to Win Friends & Influence People It seems that most folks attending their first star party tend to do something that goes against Star Party etiquette. The primary goal of star party etiquette is to maintain a dark observing environment. Secondary to that, but just as important is to ensure
that everyone has fun. Here are some reminders:
Rick Tejera 9/1/2000
Astronomy 101, Makin' a List, Checkin' It Twice 5/1/2001
Astronomy 101, Pushing Glass Rick Tejera 1/1/2002
Astronomy 101, Say Cheese Rick Tejera 1/1/2001
Astronomy 101, Stuff You Donít Want to Learn the Hard Way This will be the first of a series of articles aimed at the beginner. I
could go on about the different types of telescopes and the basics
of celestial motion yada yada, but thatís been done to death. Instead, I plan to let you in the stuff I learned the hard way.
Rick Tejera 7/1/2000
Astronomy 101, That's It??? Most of us got into astronomy due to a fascination with the vastness and grandeur of the Universe. We look up and marvel at those points of light and how far away they are, yet we know so much about them, but at the same time, there is so much we donít know. Rick Tejera 8/1/2000
Astronomy 101, The ETX 60AT & The Urban List Rick Tejera 2/1/2002
Astronomy 101, To Goto or Not to Goto, That is the Question Rick Tejera 7/1/2001
Astronomy 101, What a Long, Strange Trip itís Been Rick Tejera 3/1/2002
Aurora Phoenicia, Moon Photo's How to take good moon photos in "Aurora Phoenicia" on purpose? Alan G. Toleman 7/1/2000
Bits and Pieces, Cruise to '98 Eclipse As many of you know, there is an excellent solar eclipse on Feb. 26, 1998 near the Caribbean island of Aruba. Princess Cruises is planning a week long cruise into the path of the eclipse and you can join in with the Arizona eclipse chasers. Steve Coe 3/1/1997
Bits and Pieces, Western Regional Astronomical League Star Party Greetings from the Western Region of the Astronomical League!
We have made great progress in our first Western Regional star party and convention. The city council of Yucca Valley, California has approved our request and is very enthusiastic about the first annual Starry Nights Festival.
Bob Gent 2/1/1997
Black Holes: Feeling the Ripples 11/1/2002
Chile's Stargazers Protect 'World's Clearest Skyí Reprinted from 7/1/2001
Chris Schur's, Horsehead Nebula AstroPhoto 1/1/1999
Chris Schur's, M6 Region AstroPhoto 2/1/1999
Comet C/2001 A2 LINEAR 8/1/2001
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Hartley 2, Tempel-Tuttle Don Machholz 2/1/1998
Comet Comments P/Machholz 2 Don Machholz 1/1/2000
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Tabur, Tilbrook Don Machholz 9/1/1997
Comet Comments Lee, P/Machholz 2, LINEAR (1999 J3) Don Machholz 11/1/1999
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Williams, LINEAR (M5), LINEAR (U5), Jager, Harrington-Abell Don Machholz 2/1/1999
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Tabur Don Machholz 8/1/1997
Comet Comments Images from the solar-observing SOHO satellite have been searched for comets recently, yielding many comets. Don Machholz 4/1/2000
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Encke Don Machholz 7/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 6/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Wirtanen, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 5/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Stonehouse, SOHO Dan Machholz 6/1/1998
Comet Comments More comets have been found by the SOHO satellite, while LINEAR has discovered a faint, small comet. No bright comets are in our sky again this month.
Don Machholz 6/1/2000
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Meunier-Dupouy, Williams, LINEAR, Howell Don Machholz 11/1/1998
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Williams, LINEAR (M5), LINEAR (U5), Jager, Harrington-Abell Don Machholz 1/1/1999
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy Don Machholz 3/1/1998
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy Dan Machholz 4/1/1998
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy Don Machholz 5/1/1998
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Meunier-Dupouy, Howell, Williams, LINEAR (M5), LINEAR (U5) Don Machholz 12/1/1998
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy Don Machholz 10/1/1997
Comet Comments No bright comets are in our skies these nights so this Comet Comments contains no ephemerides or orbital elements. This gives
us the opportunity to look back at 1999 and to discuss the comets we hope to see this year.
Don Machholz 2/1/2000
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Linear Don Machholz 8/1/1998
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Meunier-Dupouy, Linear Don Machholz 9/1/1998
Comet Comments Giacobini-Zinner, Meunier-Dupouy, William, LINEAR Don Machholz 10/1/1998
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Hartley 2, Utsunomiya, Tempel-Tuttle Don Machholz 1/1/1998
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Wirtanen, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 4/1/1997
Comet Comments de Vico, Bradfield, Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Don Machholz 1/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Tabur Don Machholz 12/1/1996
Comet Comments Hyakutake (95Y1), Szczenpanski, Hyakutake (96B2) , Hale-Bopp, Kopff, Chiron Don Machholz 5/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Wirtanen, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 3/1/1997
Comet Comments Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, Hyakutake Don Machholz 2/1/1996
Comet Comments Hyakutake (95Y1), Szczenpanski, Hyakutake (96B2), Hale-Bopp Don Machholz 3/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Kopff, Brewington, NEAT Don Machholz 9/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, P/Wirtanen, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 2/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Tabur, P/Wirtanen, P/Wild 2 Don Machholz 1/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Hartley 2, Utsunomiya Don Machholz 11/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Meunier-Dupouy, Hartley 2, Utsunomiya, Tempel-Tuttle Don Machholz 12/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Tabur, Machholz 1 Don Machholz 11/1/1996
Comet Comments Hyakutake (95Y1), Szczenpanski, Hyakutake (96B2), Hale-Bopp, Kopff Don Machholz 4/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Kopff, Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Don Machholz 6/1/1997
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Kopff Don Machholz 7/1/1996
Comet Comments Hale-Bopp, Kopff, Brewington Don Machholz 8/1/1996
Comet Comments, How to Better Use Comet Comments Comet Comments is a monthly column that I've been
writing since 1978. I started writing it to inform other amateur astronomers of new comet discoveries and to provide information so that they can find the brighter comets.
Don Machholz 1/1/1997
Comet LINEAR, C/1999 S4 Although this is the August issue most of you will have it by mid July. Thus I thought Iíd include information on comet C/1999 S4 (LINEAR). The comet has been eagerly anticipated as it is expected to reach naked eye visibility by mid-July. Rick Tejera 8/1/2000
Costa Rica Eclipse 2001 Glenn Nishimoto 2/1/2002
Crop Circles at the Okie-Tex Star Party Ever wonder about crop circles, where they come from, or who made them? Well, several amateur astronomers in Oklahoma did. Christopher B. Randall 3/1/1996
Dating the Earth In a moment of weakness I turned the TV on (the only screen I usually watch is one with a computer attached to it) a couple of nights ago and watched a religious program on the age of the Earth. The "scientist" was explaining how all of our current methods of dating elements, estimating the rate of erosion, and the rate of sedimentary build up were completely wrong in determining the age of the Earth. Don Ware 1/1/1997
Deep-Sky Objects from the Eclipse Cruise All the follow objects where observed from the deck of the S.S. Dawn Princess while cruising in the Caribbean Sea. Steve Coe 4/1/1998
Delta Geminorum Occultation Gene Lucas 4/1/2001
Discovering Asteroids The asteroids (also known as minor planets) are, together with comets and meteoroids, the small denizens of the solar system. Like the other planets, they revolve around the Sun. Most of their orbits lie between those of Mars and Jupiter and constitute the so-called main belt. Paul G. Comba 11/1/1997
Discovery History of the Deep-Sky Objects, Part 1 Since the earliest times, humans could view stars at night whenever it happened not to be cloudy. As in prehistoric times, there was barely any light pollution in most regions of Earth, our ancestors could view very faint stars, and thus some of those objects we now summarize as Deep-Sky Objects. Hartmut Frommert 10/1/1996
Discovery History of the Deep-Sky Objects, Part 2 Discovery History
of the
Deep-Sky Objects
Historic Deep-Sky Catalogs
Listed are the historic catalogs in chronological order;
the number of objects and, if different, the number of entries (including those which do not correspond to real objects) is given in parentheses.
Hartmut Frommert 11/1/1996
Eagle Eye Observing Site Sixteen SAC members and three visitors showed up to this first time Club tryout of this site which I believe was discovered by Mr. Vice President Steve Coe and A.J. Crayon. This site is an additional 30
miles west of our usual Buckeye Hills Site and well worth the extra miles.
Jennifer Keller 11/1/1999
Enlightened by the Darkness Diane K. Fisher 12/1/2002
FILTER PERFORMANCE COMPARISONS FOR SOME COMMON NEBULAE, Project Summary Version The following is a summary report of visual observations of emission and some larger planetary nebulae, comparing the
performance of various filters intended for such objects. The instrument used was a 10 inch f/5.6 Newtonian, working at 52x,
59x, 70x, 101x, and 141x, as well as a few unaided-eye observations using the filters hand-held and looking up at the sky.
David Knisely, Prairie Astronomy Club 10/1/2000
First Annual GPIDA Light Pollution Symposium On Friday August 25th our newly formed local chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association - the Greater Phoenix IDA - held a symposium at the Arizona Science Center's Dorrance Planetarium. Jennifer Keller 10/1/2000
Flat Iron Confusion It seems that there is some confusion as to finding the Flat Iron Mountain Site. 8/1/2000
Flat Iron Novice Session A novice group session was held at the March 25th star party, which
also officially christened the Flat Iron observing site.
Rick Tejera 5/1/2000
Frisbees in Space Dr. Tony Phillips 1/1/2003
From Brobdingnag to Lilliput: My Travels Through 30 Years of the Space Program Diane K. Fisher 10/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Andromeda Andromeda is the chained maiden, the daughter of King Cephus and Queen Cassiopeia. According to legend, the Queen
boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. Herschel 400 Objects 205, 404, 752, 891, 7662, 7686 SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects 891, 7662
Ken Reeves 10/1/1999
Fuzzy Spot, Aquila Ken Reeves 8/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Auriga Look north in the early Winter skies, and you'll see a bright star. This is Capella, the Goat Star, and is the nearest first magnitude star to the north celestial pole. Herschel 400 Objects
1664, 1857, 1907, 1931, 2126, 2281
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
1907, 1931
Ken Reeves 12/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Auriga Ken Reeves 1/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Bootes Bootes is a prominent northern constellation, containing the premier star Arcturus. cleus occasionally seen, and with some mottling suspected.
Herschel 400 Objects
5248, 5466, 5557, 5676, 5689
Ken Reeves 6/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Camelepardalis Ken Reeves 1/1/2003
Fuzzy Spot, Camelopardalis Take a blank area of the sky, throw in a name that no one can pronounce, and what do you get? Camelopardalis. Herschel 400 Objects
1501, 1502, 1961, 2403, 2655
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
1501, 2403, 2655
Ken Reeves 3/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Cancer We've looked at a couple of zodiacal constellations in the past months, lets continue this month with Cancer, the Crab. Cancer is one of the less prominent constellations in the sky and is probably best
spotted by looking for the hazy naked eye spot which is the Beehive Cluster, or M-44.
Herschel 400 Objects : 2775
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects: None
Ken Reeves 2/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Canes Venatici Spring time means one thing for deep-sky astronomers, galaxies! This month covers the constellation Canes Venatici. Although not a rich as Virgo or Ursa Major, the SAC Deep-Sky Database lists 238 galaxies, enough to keep one busy for a long time.
Herschel 400 Objects
4111, 4143, 4151, 4214, 4258, 4346, 4449, 4485, 4490
4616, 4631, 4656, 4800, 5005, 5033, 5195, 5273
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
4111, 4214, 4244, 4449, 4490, 4631, 4656, 5005, 5033
Ken Reeves 5/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Canis Major Canis Major is a well known constellation in the winter skies, and contains the brightest star in the sky outside of our sun.
Herschel 400 Objects
2204, 2354, 2360, 2362
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 2/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Canis Major Ken Reeves 2/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Cassiopeia Cassiopeia is a well known fall constellation. Usually described as an M, W, or 3, depending on it's orientation in the sky, it is one of the easiest constellations to see, even in the bright city lights. Herschel 400 Objects
129, 136, 185, 225, 278, 381, 436, 457
559, 637, 654, 659, 663, 1027, 7789, 7790
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
185, 281, 457, 663, 7789
Ken Reeves 11/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Cassiopeia Ken Reeves 11/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Centaurus Ken Reeves 6/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Cepheus Cepheus is a north circumpolar constellation with one edge sitting on the Milky Way and the other end stretching almost to Polaris.
Herschel 400 Objects
40, 6939, 6946, 7142, 7160, 7380, 7510
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
40, 6939, 6946, 7129
Ken Reeves 10/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Cepheus Cepheus is a large, though not very prominent, north circumpolar constellation. The house shape is obvious once you see it even though it is lying on its side during this season.
Herschel 400 Objects
40, 6939, 6946, 7142, 7160, 7380, 7510
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
40, 6939, 6946, 7129
Ken Reeves 11/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Cepheus Ken Reeves 10/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Cetus Cetus, the whale, spans a large section of the Fall equatorial sky.
Herschel 400 Objects
157, 246, 247, 584, 596, 615, 720, 779, 908, 936
1022, 1052, 1055
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
246, 939
Ken Reeves 11/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Coma Berenices This is the time of year for galaxy observing, and Coma Berenices is one of the best constellations for galaxies.
Herschel 400 Objects
4147, 4150, 4203, 4245, 4251, 4274, 4278, 4293, 4312,
4350, 4394, 4414, 4419, 4448, 4450,
4459, 4473, 4477, 4494, 4548, 4559, 4565, 4689, 4725
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
4274, 4414, 4494, 4559, 4565, 4725
Ken Reeves 6/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Corvus Corvus, the crow or raven, is a prominent grouping of 4 stars almost forming a square and sitting along the spine of Hydra.
Herschel 400 Objects
4027, 4038, 4361
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 4/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Crater Ken Reeves 5/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Crater Ken Reeves 4/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Cygnus One of the birds of the night sky, Cygnus, the swan, is a large and beautiful constellation sitting on the summer Milky Way. The other common name for this constellation is the Northern Cross, although this time of year the cross is lying on it's side. NGC 6811, 6826, 6834, 6866, 6888, 6960/6974, 6992/6995, 7000, 7008, 7044 Ken Reeves 8/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Cygnus Ken Reeves 9/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Delphinus Delphinus is a small but very prominent constellation in the autumn sky. The tight "diamond with a tail" shape almost looks like a loose cluster, but in fact, it is not. The stars range from 100 to 950 light years in distance. Herschel 400 Objects
6905, 6934, 7006
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 10/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Eridanus/Fornax Eridanus is a constellation that really reminds me of it's name.
Herschel 400 Objects
1084, 1407, 1535
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
1232, 1535
Ken Reeves 12/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Fornax Ken Reeves 10/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Gemini Ken Reeves 2/1/2003
Fuzzy Spot, Gemini Gemini is one of those constellations that is easy to learn, the two lead stars (Pollux and Caster) with the trail of stars that dangle down west from each star. Herschel 400 Objects
2129, 2158, 2266, 2304, 2355, 2371 2372, 2392, 2395, 2420
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
2158, 2392
Ken Reeves 2/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Hercules Hercules, the demigod or strongman, is the offspring
of the great Zeus and the mortal Alcmene.
Herschel 400 Objects
6207, 6210
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
6207, 6229
Ken Reeves 7/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Hercules Ken Reeves 7/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Hydra Hydra is the largest constellation in the sky, extending through almost 8 hours of right ascension, and covering about 1300 square degrees.
Herschel 400 Objects
2548, 2811, 3242, 3621, 5694
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 4/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Lacerta This month's column covers the small and indistinct constellation Lacerta, the lizard. It appears in the fall Milky Way between Cygnus and Cepheus.
Herschel 400 Objects
7209, 7243, 7296
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
7209, 7243
Ken Reeves 9/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Leo Ken Reeves 4/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Lepus Lepus is a small constellation just under the feet of Orion. The Rabbit or Hare is hard to distinguish, I see it as a lopsided and smaller version of Hercules with Alpha, Beta, Mu, and Epsilon making the keystone. worry, I made sure that these objects were listed in Lugin-
Herschel 400 Objects
Ken Reeves 2/1/1999
Fuzzy Spot, Lepus Lepus is a small constellation just under the feet of Orion. The Rabbit or Hare is hard to distinguish, I see it as a lopsided and smaller version of Hercules with Alpha, Beta, Mu, and Epsilon making the keystone. of the stars pop out using averted vision and the central
Herschel 400 Objects
Ken Reeves 1/1/1999
Fuzzy Spot, Libra Ken Reeves 7/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Leo Minor This time of the year brings us away from the Winter MilkyWay with its clusters and nebulae and into the Spring "Galaxy Zoo." For example, the SAC Deep-Sky Database contains 69 objects in Leo Minor of which only 3 are not galaxies (and these are listed as non-existent NGC objects). Herschel 400 Objects
2859, 3245, 3277, 3294, 3344, 3395
3414, 3432, 3486, 3504
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
3344, 3423
Ken Reeves 4/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Lynx Ken Reeves 3/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Lyra Being a musician, Lyra is a special constellation to me as it is the only musical instrument in the sky. Messier objects: 2 (M56 & M57) Sac 110 Best of the NGC: 0
Herschel 400 Objects: 0
Ken Reeves 10/1/1999
Fuzzy Spot, Monoceros Ken Reeves 3/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Monoceros Herschel 400 Objects - 2185, 2215, 2232, 2244, 2251, 2264, 2286, 2301, 2311, 2324, 2335, 2343, 2353, 2506
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects - 2244, 2261
Ken Reeves 3/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Ophiuchus Ophiuchus is responsible for holding the Serpent safely in the sky and keeping him from striking down on all of us.
Herschel 400 Objects
6171, 6235, 6284, 6287, 6293, 6304, 6316, 6342, 6355
6356, 6369, 6401, 6426, 6517, 6633
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
6369, 6572, 6633
Ken Reeves 7/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Orion Orion is probably one of the best known constellations in the sky.
Herschel 400 Objects
1788, 1980, 1999, 2022, 2024, 2169, 2186, 2194
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
1788, 1973, 2022, 2024, 2194
Ken Reeves 1/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Orion (part 1) Ken Reeves 1/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Orion Part 2 Ken Reeves 2/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Pegasus The great square of Pegasus is a sure sign of Fall. The four stars, alpha, beta, gamma, and delta, form an almost perfect rectangle with delta being slightly out of place.
Herschel 400 Objects
7217, 7331, 7448, 7479
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 10/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Pegasus Ken Reeves 12/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Perseus Perseus is one of the heroes in the sky, who rescued the chained up Andromeda from the great sea monster, Cetus. NGC 650/651, 869, 884, 1023, 1039, 1342, 1491, 1531, Mel 20 Ken Reeves 12/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Perseus Welcome to the first installment of the Fuzzy Spot column. This column is a follow-on to Steve Coe's "What's Up" column. Steve has some new projects he is working on and he asked me to take over the DeepSky column. Herschel 400 Objects
650/651 (M 74), 869 and 884 (the Double Cluster),
1023, 1245, 1342, 1444, 1513, 1528, and 1545
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
869 and 884 (the Double Cluster), 1023, 1491
Ken Reeves 1/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Piscies Pisces is home to faint galaxies. Unlike the spring skies where many galaxies abound including some bright ones, those here are
scattered and will test your observing skills.
Ken Reeves 11/1/1999
Fuzzy Spot, Piscies Austrinus Ken Reeves 10/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Saggita Ken Reeves 9/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Sagittarius Ken Reeves 8/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Sagittarius Welcome to one of the richest constellations in the sky. You can find good examples of every type of deep sky object in this constellation, with globular clusters being especially numerous. Herschel 400 Objects
6440, 6445, 6514, 6520, 6522, 6528, 6540, 6544, 6553, 6568, 6569, 6583, 6624, 6629, 6638, 6642, 6645, 6818
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
6445, 6520, 6818
Ken Reeves 9/1/1998
Fuzzy Spot, Scorpius, Serpens, and Libra When I took up this column, one of the constellations that I was excited about doing was Scorpius. When I looked into it, I was very surprised to find out the there are only two Herschel 400 objects and NO SAC 110 best of the NGC objects!
Herschel 400 Objects
5897, 6118, 6144, 6451
Ken Reeves 7/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Scutum Scutum is a small constellation in the summer Milky Way. The original name given by Hevelius was Scutum Sobiescianum (Sobieski's Shield), but was shortened to Scutum by Flamsteed, both to make the name more accessible, and to avoid favoring certain kings (John III Sobieski, the king of Poland).
Herschel 400 Objects
NGC 6664
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
NGC 6712
Ken Reeves 9/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Scutum Scutum is one of those tiny constellations that doesn't have much going for it in the way of bright stars.
Herschel 400 Objects
6664, 6712
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 8/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Taurus Let's begin the new millennium (or start the last year of this millennium, however you chose) by looking at the bull. NGC 1514, NGC 1647, NGC 1746, NGC 1807, NGC 1817, NGC 1952, Mel 22, Mel 25, Simeis 147 or Sh2-240 Ken Reeves 1/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Triangulum Ken Reeves 10/1/2001
Fuzzy Spot, Ursa Major Ursa Major is probably the first constellation most
people learn to recognize (with the possible exception
of Orion).
Herschel 400 Objects
2681, 2742, 2768, 2787, 2841, 2950, 2976, 2985, 3034, 3077, 3079, 3184, 3198, 3310, 3556, 3610, 3613, 3619, 3631, 3665, 3675, 3726, 3729, 3813, 3877, 3893, 3898, 3938, 3941, 3945, 3949, 3953, 3982, 3992, 3998, 4026, 4036, 4041, 4051, 4085
4088, 4102, 5322, 5473, 5474, 5631 SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
2841, 3077, 3079, 3184, 3675, 3877
3941, 4026, 4088, 4605
Ken Reeves 5/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Ursa Major Ken Reeves 6/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Ursa Major Ursa Major is best known to most people as the Big Dipper, but this asterism is only a small portion of the figure which forms a bear.
Herschel 40 400 Objects
0 2681, 2742, 2768, 2787, 2841, 2950, 2976, 2985, 3034,
3077, 3079, 3184, 3198, 3310, 3556,
3610, 3613, 3619, 3631, 3665, 3675, 3726, 3729, 3813,
3877, 3893, 3898, 3941, 3945, 3949,
3953, 3982, 3992, 3998, 4026, 4036, 4041, 4051, 4085,
4088, 4102, 5322, 5473, 5474, 5631
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
2841, 3077, 3079, 3184, 3675, 3877, 3941, 4026, 4088,
Ken Reeves 5/1/2000
Fuzzy Spot, Virgo Ken Reeves 4/1/2002
Fuzzy Spot, Virgo (west) Virgo is such a large constellation and contains so many objects that I like to split it up into three areas: North, South & West Herschel 400 Objects
4900, 4958, 4995, 5054, 5363, 5364, 5566, 5576
5634, 5746, 5846
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 6/1/1997
Fuzzy Spot, Vulpecula Here is a faint constellation that sits between Cygnus
and Sagitta. It's brightest star, 13 Vulpeculae, is only mag
4.5 with Alpha sliding in slightly dimmer at 4.6.
Herschel 400 Objects
6802, 6823, 6830, 6882, 6885, 6940
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC Objects
Ken Reeves 9/1/1998
Gene Shoemaker Below are two Web sites in memorial of Gene Shoemaker, who died on the afternoon of July 18, 1997. 8/1/1997
Getting Started, Finding Your Way in The Sky, Part 2 In Part 1 of this article we discussed the celestial coordinate system, right ascension, declination, and the "celestial clock." In this installment we'll see how the coordinates of a celestial object, a star, a Messier object, anything, can be used to locate that object. Wil Milan 3/1/1997
Getting Started, Astrophotography for Everyone Sooner or later every budding astronomer starts thinking about taking photos of the night sky. It's a natural progression: Seeing all those splendors in the eyepiece, who would not want to show them to others? And what better way than a photograph? And there are other reasons: The truth is that the human eye, marvel that it is, cannot accumulate light the way photographic film and CCD sensors do. Wil Milan 6/1/1997
Getting Started, Astrophotography for Everyone, Part 2 In the last article we discussed the equipment you need to do the simplest types of astrophotography: with a fixed camera and with an unguided piggyback camera. In this article we'll discuss the how-to of each of these. Wil Milan 7/1/1997
Getting Started, Care and Feeding of Equatorial Mounts This is the second installment of a two-part series on equatorial mounts. The first part ("The Selection and Breeding of Equatorial Mounts") discussed what equatorial mounts are, how they work, and the different types commonly available. In this installment we'll discuss how to use an equatorial mount and how to get the most from one. Wil Milan 12/1/1997
Getting Started, Equipped and Organized As you become more involved with astronomy you soon end up with more and more, well, gadgets. At the outset perhaps you only had some binoculars, then perhaps you bought a small telescope. With the telescope there are of course multiple eyepieces and perhaps a Barlow lens, a diagonal, finder scope, mount, and for the
mount perhaps a separate tripod, drive motors, batteries, cables, nuts and bolts, and more.
Wil Milan 4/1/1997
Getting Started, Finding Your Way in The Sky, Part 1 One of the most frustrating things for new (and often not-so-new) astronomers is being unable to find objects in the sky. You read about wonderful object XYZ and see it plotted on a sky chart, but somehow you just can't find it in the sky no matter how hard you try. Wil Milan 2/1/1997
Getting Started, Now What? An interest in astronomy can be an insidious thing. All your life the sky was always there, but you never noticed it much. Then one day something happened, a science class, a look through a friend's scope, perhaps a bright comet, and you were hooked. Wil Milan 11/1/1996
Getting Started, Selection and Breeding of Equatorial Mounts Sooner or later every astronomer longs for a good equatorial mount. Most of us started with simple alt-azimuth mounts, often a glorified photo tripod or perhaps a simple, sturdy Dobsonian mount. Others may have started with a small department-store telescope on
a cheap equatorial mount, the kind of equatorial mount which drive many to swear off equatorials forever.
Wil Milan 11/1/1997
Getting Started, The Christmas Scope When one first develops an interest in astronomy the natural temptation is to zip right out and buy a telescope. That's particularly true during the Christmas season, when the itch to buy is in the air. I won't try to talk you out of it; a telescope is, after all, a basic implement of astronomy. But if you talk to most astronomers they'll
tell you their first telescope was a mistake.
Wil Milan 12/1/1996
GPIDA, Greater Phoenix International Dark-Sky Association There's a new "club" in town and we're looking for some motivated people who want to make a difference. More on that later. First a quick report on the annual International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
meeting in Tucson.
Sam Herchak 8/1/2000
Grasslands Observatory Dark of the moon, Mitch Stanley, a new SAC member, and I were invited to Grasslands Observatory near Tucson to meet astronomer James McGaha and talk about Mitch's experience of seeing the "Phoenix Lights" through his 10-inch Schwaar reflector. On March 13, Mitch was in his backyard checking things out and at 65 power caught a V-shaped formation of airplanes slowly creeping across
the sky over Scottsdale. He quickly moved on to other things, since he'd already seen way too many airplanes since getting the scope a year ago. He had no idea what a big foo-farrah would develop in the coming months after this one sighting, but that's another story.
Jack Jones 12/1/1997
How to Stay Awake Past Your Bed Time It's three in the morning and you have just completed another night of observing, stowed the equipment, and you are climbing into your car to drive home. David Priest 5/1/1997
Images from the First SAC ATM Subgroup Meeting Photos Paul Dickson 12/1/2000
Images From the Grand Canyon Star Party Paul Dickson 8/1/2001
Images from the November 27th ATM Group Meeting Paul Lind 1/1/2002
In Gratitude to Pierre Dan, Donna, Liz and Amy Ward 4/1/2000
In Memoriam, Curtis L. Taylor, February 24 1944 - May 9, 2002 6/1/2002
In Memorium STS-107, February 1st, 2003 2/1/2003
In Memorium, JOHN E. HOLMQUIST, 1919 - 1996 Electrical Engineer, Telescope Maker & Observer 4/1/2001
In Memorium, Pete Jurca, 1942-1999 2/1/2000
In Memorium, Pierre Pierre-Yves Schwaar, May 14, 1946 - March 6, 2000 4/1/2000
In Memorium, Robert Fulton Goeff, December 23, 2001, Artist in Glass Margie Vin-Williams & Paul Dickson 2/1/2002
In Search of Moon Trees Dr. Tony Phillips 9/1/2002
IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE . . . Dr. Peggy Kain 4/1/2001
Invisible Tornadoes Dr. Tony Phillips 2/1/2003
Jonesí Hexagon Gauging a dark sky is a necessary endeavor in finding the quality of observing one can expect for the coming night. I use Jonesí Hexagon, an eye-catching asterism (star pattern) of my own devise, to quickly check if it has become dark enough to commence serious observing, and also to find out just how good a supposed dark sky site really is. Jack Jones 4/1/2000
Kamakaze Star Hopping I joined a group of 6 other people for a Saturday observing session last November 9th at Sentinel. Five of the group had already spent the night before observing from the site. The evening sky was ominous. High clouds put in a strong appearance, attempting to cover the sky. Paul Dickson 7/1/1997
Kitt Peak Cook-out & Star Party Kitt Peak has allowed the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) to hold occasional cook-out star parties at its picnic area, located at 6500 feet elevation, about 1.5 miles below the summit. While these events are usually limited to about 30 attendees, they are allowing 50 this time, and I thought it would be nice to see if there was any interest in attendance from the Phoenix area. Dean Ketelsen 9/1/1996
Large Crowd at Public Star Party Well, we certainly had a lot of people who wanted to see Comet Hale-Bopp, a lunar eclipse and Mars, all in one night. Just as twilight started I walked around and counted 40 scopes set up and ready. At least another 5 or so arrived during twilight. People to use those telescopes started coming during twilight and seemed to never stop! I estimated 800 people from the length of the lines
at the scopes and the length of time that they persisted.
Steve Coe 4/1/1997
LBT Mirror Update In early April, after nearly 3 months of cooling, the mirror finally dropped to room temperature. The LBT 8.4m mirror could finally be inspected up close. When the mirror reach maximum temperature (1180Ī C) on the Sunday morning after the Open House, the surface level of the glass in the oven kept going lower and
lower. It was decided then, to end the maximum temperature point early and begin cooling the mirror while there was still enough glass to grind the mirror's surface.
Paul Dickson 6/1/1997
Light Pollution Symposium As this negative from a night satellite photograph illustrates, a tremendous amount of outdoor lighting (and 1.5 billion dollars of electricity in just the US each year) is wasted by lighting nothing but our night skies and outer space. 9/1/2000
Lunar Eclipse at Chaco Canyon Where is Chaco (CHALK coe) Canyon? It is located in the ultimate nowhere. And at first it also looks like nothing, an eroded crevice with sometimes running water and further, back not extremely tall canyon walls such as one would see at Canyon de Chelly (SHAY). Marjory Vin Williams 11/1/1996
M 102 Controversy Charles Messier compiled his "Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters" during the years 1758 to 1781 (or 1782 if one counts the last additions by his colleague Pierre Mechain, which are contained in most modern versions of the catalog). Contrary to prior and contemporary observers who had a large number of errors (nonexistent objects) in their lists, the entries of his catalog correspond to actual astronomical objects in all cases, perhaps with one exception, his entry number 102 Hartmut Frommert 3/1/1998
Magellan II Casting The next Mirror Lab casting is predicted for mid-September. The Magellan II telescope is the second 6.5 mirror for the Carnegie Institute and when combined with Magellan I (on the same mountain top in Chile) will provide a powerful instrument for interferometry, similar to Keck I and II and the VLT. Dean Ketelsen 9/1/1998
Meade ETX90, A Product Review A bit of bad luck while stopped at a red light turned into a bit of money. And being interested in astronomy, that meant that I was soon looking for new astronomy toys to purchase. Thad Robosson 11/1/1999
Memories of Pierre 5/1/2000
Memories of Pierre 4/1/2000
Mirror Cleaning Procedure I have used several different procedures to clean mirrors, but they are mostly experimental and involve special materials and techniques. The following procedure is the classic tried-and-true and easiest method for cleaning an aluminized Newtonian-type astronomical mirror. Jack Jones 6/1/1996
Moistron Theory All Wet Concerning the publication of the "Milan Moistron Theory" in the September, 1997 (#248) issue of the Saguaro Astronomy Club's newsletter, SACNEWS; the theory is misdirected and based on faulty observation at best! In short it's all wet! Michael Lerch 10/1/1997
More Than Heroes Rick Tejera 2/1/2003
New SAC Webmaster 8/1/2002
New Theory Explains Astronomical Weather I've come up with a new theory which explains why it's always clear around a full moon, but often cloudy near a new moon. My new theory also explains why buying a new scope inevitably leads to a long string of cloudy nights. I hereby offer my new discovery for the good of mankind and for the understanding of astronomers everywhere, who will immediately grasp the truth of my theory. Wil Milan 9/1/1997
No Excuse Not to Get Out and Look!, See Mars at its Best with the Right Filter Jack Jones 8/1/2001
No Leonid Storm Last Year The title sort of gives away the conclusion of this article, but quite a bit occurred during the night. It was the last minute when I decided to go out and observe the Leonids on Friday, November 17. Paul Dickson 1/1/1996
Northern Arizona Star Party Observing Site Photo 10/1/1998
Novice Group Meeting Clearly a Success The Novice Group Meeting at the Buckeye Star Party was obviously a success. A short talk in twilight was followed by an observing session of a variety of astronomical showpieces. I counted 42 people at the twilight talk, followed by a question and answer session. Steve Coe 12/1/1997
Novice Group Star Party Results On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Novice Group held a star party at the club's Buckeye site. Steve Coe and A.J. Crayon gave a short talk during twilight on getting started taking pictures of the sky. Steve spoke on using a tracking mount for astrophotography and A.J. gave the group a demo on how to use your telescope for piggybacking a camera with a telephoto lens. Steve Coe 11/1/1998
NY Moves To Regulate Illumination, Turning Out the Lights Pradnya Joshi 10/1/2001
Old Moon Observation Attempt It was a clear, chilly Sunday morning at the Empire Ranch, one of the TAAA's observing sites about 50 miles southeast of Tucson. Set up that morning were six of us: Marjory Williams, Glenn Nishimoto, Hazel Lawler, Bill Waltz, Steve Redman and myself, waiting for an Old Moon to rise, just 14.2 hours from New. Pierre-Y Schwaar 1/1/1997
On a Light Polluted Night, The Urban Observing Program If youíve been wondering what to do with your telescope during the week, or if you donít have the time to get out to dark sky sites to observe, the Deep Sky group has an answer to your problem, The Urban Observing Program. Rick Tejera 9/1/2000
People Wanted For Private Star Parties The Saguaro Astronomy Club does at least three Public Star Parties during the year. Two are usually held in the Spring and another in the Fall. But less publicized are the private star parties. Paul Dickson 2/1/1996
Phoenix Tour of the Moon Alan Tolman 1/1/2003
Pima County Passes Strict Light Law The Pima County Board of Supervisors just voted 4-1 for the revised Outdoor Lighting Code. It sets a relatively strict cap in terms of lumens per acre for any new development, and requires full cut-off lighting for all but the internally lit signs. Wayne P. Johnson 10/1/2000
Planetarium Programs When I first started using planetarium programs on a home computer several years ago, I found them useful but at the same time, disappointing. Disappointing from an observing point of view because they just weren't accurate enough. Sam Herchak 2/1/1999
Ramsden Eyepieces I was at Fremont Peak State Park, near Salinas, California, on September 7{8, 1996. I did something I had been meaning to do for a while, but had kept forgetting: I brought along a set of Ramsden eyepieces, one each of inch, half-inch, and quarter-inch focal length. The Ramsden is a quite old design; it was first described in a 1782 paper by its inventor, Jesse Ramsden. Jay Reynolds Freeman 4/1/1997
Ramsden Eyepieces, How They Work The problem with color correction which Ramsden
eyepieces address so well, so simply, is chromatic difference of magnification, also known as lateral color or lateral
chromatic aberration. The issue is, that if the focal length
of an eyepiece is different in different wavelengths of light,
then the magnification it produces will similarly vary with
Jay Reynolds Freeman 4/1/1997
Rating Eagle Eye Last Month I ran an article about rating observing sites. I promised a review of the Eagle Eye site based on the criteria mentioned in the
article. Here it is along with some of my observations from that night.
Rick Tejera 11/1/1999
Rating Your Observing Site How can you evaluate an observing site? Experience is the best guide, but here is a checklist that will help you rate your site. Rick Tejera 10/1/1999
Reflections, "Thank you" from the first recipient of the Burnham's Celestial Handbook Award Steve Coe 9/1/2002
Reflections, A Leonids Gallery 12/1/2002
Reflections, A Sunday Afternoon At the Very Large Array Jennifer Keller 8/1/2002
Reflections, A VISIT TO HARQUAHALA SOLAR OBSERVATORY, Sunday November 1, 1999 After a night of off and on cloudy skies, accompanied by a friendly group of well lighted hunter/ campers, Jack Jones and I continued down the rest of the dirt road from our Eagle Eye Observing spot as far as two wheel drive would take us toward the top of Harquahala Peak to get a look at the old solar observatory that was abandoned in 1925. Jennifer Keller 1/1/2000
Reflections, Blue Hills & A Rainbow with Three Last Names!!!, Observing from Stan Gorodenskiís Blue Hills Observatory Jennifer Keller 12/1/2002
Reflections, Christmas, an Eclipse and a Bicycle Rick Tejera 2/1/2001
Reflections, Eagle Eye and the Lion The sunset was wooly scarlet with rose color at the north and south ends. The goal was to go west, past the White Tanks and into the
Harquahala Plain which has the spectacular jagged crest of the Eagle Tail Mountains to the south, the Big Horn Mountains to the east, and the Harquahala (mountain with? or without? water, we're not
sure which) Mountains to the north.
Marjory Vin Williams 1/1/2000
Reflections, Eagle Eye Revisited: A Close Encounter With the Beehive Cluster Sixteen extreme optimists appeared out of the clouds for a star party at E2 Saturday September 2nd. Early in the evening we were able to
catch glimpses of Venus peeking out through a massive cloud bank to the west before it finally gave up and settled in for the night.
Jennifer Keller 10/1/2000
Reflections, Flat Iron Mountain June 24 24-25th I counted 19 vehicles at the site around the end of twilight. It was nice to get somewhat cooler (probably 90 deg. F) by 10:00 or so. I really enjoyed the view of the Double-Double (Epsilon Lyrae), both close pairs were split without doubt. Steve Coe 8/1/2000
Reflections, Images of the June 10th Eclipse 7/1/2002
Reflections, March Madness Rick Tejera 5/1/2001
Reflections, My Last Night at Buckeye, 26 February 2000 Everyone who attended this star party knew that tonight will probably be the last evening that SAC would hold a viewing session at the
Buckeye Hills Recreation Area. So, after 17 years of observing the sky from this park, it is time to move on to darker skies.
Steve Coe 4/1/2000
Reflections, Observing at the Grand Canyon Star Party Jennifer Keller 8/1/2001
Reflections, The 2000 Northern Arizona Star Party I had business to attend to on Friday evening, so I arrived at the
Northern Arizona Star Party on Saturday morning. Immediately,
someone told of the wind blowing the night before and how I had
missed a pretty poor night of observing.
Steve Coe 11/1/2000
Reflections, The 2002 Grand Canyon Star Party Jack Jones 8/1/2002
Reflections, The Sentinel Schwaar Star Gaze The Sentinel Star Gaze was renamed to Sentinel Schwarr Star
Gaze in dedication to long time friend, astronomer, optician and
telescope maker Pierre Schwarr. This years event took place on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th.
A.J. Crayon 6/1/2000
Reflections, Trip to Eagle Eye Observing Site Well, the sky had stayed clear for several nights in a row and Saturday did not disappoint a group of anxious observers. About 20
members of SAC decided to try out the new site at Eagle Eye Rd. about 75 miles from central Phoenix.
Steve Coe 11/1/1999
SAC & Seti@Home Eight SAC members have been contributing processing time to the Seti@Home project. Below are the current statistics from midnight
of December 31st.
Paul Dickson 7/1/2000
SAC Observing Programs, Part One, Shallow Sky and Basic Deep Sky After having been the Deep Sky chairman for a long time, the time has come for an article about SAC observing projects. Some of which have been around for over 20 years and as club members you should know what is available. A.J. Crayon 2/1/2000
SAC Observing Sites, Latitude / Longitude A map with lat. / long. Callouts, and radial distances from downtown Phoenix 10/1/2000
SAC's 110 Best of the NGC At the April SAC meeting, copies of the book SAC's 110 Best of the NGC was shown and all copies sold out. Paul Dickson 5/1/1996
Satellite Reentry I believe I've identified the piece of space junk that reentered just after midnight at the Sentinel Star Gaze that made everyone say "WOW!!" Adam Sunshine 5/1/1996
Say No to NEMA Every astronomer dreads the "dusk to dawn security" lights that pop up all the time. My question is, "Why do people put up with them?" NEMA mercury vapor lighting has been outlawed by the State of Arizona for years! Sam Herchak 10/1/1998
Scenes From the SAC Holiday Party 1/1/2003
Seeing Double, It has been said that the road to Disneyland is paved with good intentions, and such is the case of this monthís Seeing Double. All
packed up, I headed out to my favorite dark site, Eagle Eye.
Thad Robosson 10/1/2000
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 12/1/2002
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 11/1/2002
Seeing Double, Hello, and welcome to the first installment of "Seeing Double". To state the obvious, Iíll be writing on double stars. Not just which ones are up in the sky, but on various topics about doubles and their observation.
Doubles are City SlickersÖ
It is entirely possible to view every double on
the SAC Doubles list (and many others) from downtown
Thad Robosson 5/1/2000
Seeing Double, Hello all, welcome to Mayís edition of Seeing Double. As in any type of astronomy, it is the observer who determines to what degree an
observation takes place. Some people may only hunt down the more colorful pairs, while others take very exacting measurements of
quite obscure couples.
Thad Robosson 6/1/2000
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 9/1/2002
Seeing Double, Did you know that the simple act of measuring double stars could yield some important scientific facts? Currently, the only way of pinning down a starís mass is if it has a companion and the orbit of the companion is known. Thad Robosson 8/1/2000
Seeing Double, M40, The Littlest Messier Thad Robosson 5/1/2001
Seeing Double, If youíre like me, the monsoons have you pretty depressed by now. If itís not the clouds, itís all the crud in the air that keeps you from observing your favorite deep-sky objects. I would like to offer a cure from the cruddy sky blues...doubles, lots of them. Thad Robosson 9/1/2000
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 4/1/2002
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 3/1/2002
Seeing Double, The first thing Iíd like to bring up is resources. Most atlases are resources in themselves. Even Sky Atlas has known doubles above a certain magnitude specially marked as double. All thatís left is to find out what the stats are. Thad Robosson 7/1/2000
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 9/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 6/1/2002
Seeing Double, If you take any comprehensive list of double stars, such as the Washington Double Star Catalog, or even the list in Sky Catalog 2000.0, vol. 2, you will find an absolutely staggering number of doubles. Even more staggering is that so few people are responsible for finding this incredibly large number of pairs. Here is a
brief synopsis of some of the pioneers of double star work.
Thad Robosson 11/1/2000
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 7/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 2/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 6/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 1/1/2001
Seeing Double, 21+22 Tau, 27+BU Tau, Theta Tau, Eta Tau Thad Robosson 3/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 4/1/2001
Seeing Double, Thad Robosson 8/1/2001
Seeing Double, After making an alt/az mount with tripod for my little ETX, I can now say that I enjoy that little telescope. Itís only 90mm of aperture, but as I learned one recent Friday night, that 90mm can do some wonderful things. Thad Robosson 12/1/2000
Seeing Double, First Light Thad Robosson 7/1/2002
Seeing Double, First Light Part 2 Thad Robosson 8/1/2002
Seeking the Edge of the Solar System 9/1/2002
Sentinel Cloud Gaze Well, the Sentinel Star Gaze did not turn out for the best this year. The strong storm that dumped 2 feet of snow on Flagstaff just kept bringing in clouds from the south and we only had short periods when the clouds would part of a while to allow some observing. Steve Coe 5/1/1997
Small Meade Equatorial Mounts: Old & New A Product Review Curits Taylor 2/1/2000
Spread the Word About Light Pollution With the upcoming light pollution Symposium almost upon us (see pages 8-9), your chance to help spread the word about light pollution
has arrived with it.
Star Catalogues It's occurred to me that most sci.astro.amateur readers are completely unaware that several major changes are coming along soon in the field of comprehensive star catalogues and star atlases. By about this time next year, whatever you're using now (in both print and machine-readable form) will be obsolete. Here's a summary of what's happening along with some Web links for further
information, in case you want to get a head start.
Brian Skiff 10/1/1997
Star Testing Telescopes, National Magazine Style "Star testing at high power proved the optics to be quite good. The well-known Double Double, Epsilon Lyrae, was cleanly split and, at 600X, all four components were surrounded by diffraction rings. Views of Jupiter and the Moon were also sharp and pleasing" Howard Moore 6/1/1998
Staying Warm on the Cheap, A Primer on Cold Weather Observing Gear Tony Muller 1/1/2003
Stone Mountain Marathon With a cutoff low-pressure weather system hanging over central Phoenix all week, the marathon for 2000 threatened to be a wash.
Right up until it was time to leave, the emails were flying; people were scrambling in search of "official" status and looking for clear skies.
Steve Dodder 7/1/2000
Successful Novice Group Meeting The April star party at Buckeye Hills was designated a Novice Group meeting to allow those new to astronomy to ask questions and get some answers about getting started observing the sky. There were 30 vehicles at the site by the time it started to get dark and approximately 50 people ready to take advantage of a nice, clear night. I gave a short talk on star party etiquette and a quick introduction to which constellations were starting to appear as the sky got dark. Steve Coe 5/1/1998
T.A.A.A.'s Kitt Peak Cook-out & Star Party Early October was a time of Star Parties. I skipped SAC's star party at Buckeye Hills on October 5 in favor of the Tucson Amateur Astronomical Association's (TAAA) Kitt Peak Cook-out & Star Party. I figured the sky would be a lot better on Kitt Peak at 7000 feet than at Buckeye Hills at 1300 feet. I figured it correctly. Paul Dickson 12/1/1996
Taming the NGC's How many NGC objects can I see with my telescope? How many planetaries are in the NGC catalog? How many NGC objects are double stars? Triple stars? What IC object is a photographic plate defect? Rainman Software has created a program called NGCView that they call the premier observational planning and logging software for the deep-sky astronomer. Jack Jones 7/1/1996
Telescope Cradle A cradle to safely transport your telescope tube can be easily fabricated. I came up with the idea and several members of the Sun City West Astronomy Club now have them. The photos show the final result. Chuck Hilliker 4/1/1998
Telrad Hopping How do I find M75! It's out in the middle of nowhere without any bright guide stars to start from! I've been spending hours trying to find it! Ken Reeves 9/1/1996
Texas Star Party '95 Night life in West Texas takes on a special meaning every May as hundreds of dark sky seekers converge on Prude Ranch, located just outside Fort Davis, Texas. The [people at TSP] impressed
me as being highly-knowledgeable deep sky observers
Bernie Sanden 2/1/1996
The 1996 Messier Marathon at a Glance Well the 1996 All-Arizona Messier Marathon has come and gone. It was a lot of frustrating, tedious work, but I saw one more object than my one and only previous marathon two years ago. Paul Dickson 4/1/1996
The 2000 All-Arizona Messier Marathon Final Standings A.J. Crayon 6/1/2000
The 2002 All-Arizona Messier Marathon A.J. Crayon 6/1/2002
The 90mm Refractor, A Serviceable Piece of Merchandise (Meade Polaris EQ-90) I am up to my old antics again and have done another consumer test of inexpensive locally available, yet fun-to-use astronomical telescopes, while at the same time testing Service Merchandise's patience and liberal return policy (See "The Tasco Caper," April 1996 SACNEWS). This time it's the Meade Polaris EQ-90 equatorial 90mm f/11 refractor, being offered at Service merchandise for $500, usually on sale for $450. Jack Jones 9/1/1998
The Big Melt About a decade ago, as I hear the tale, a man by the name of Roger Angel charged off to a Tucson K-Mart and bought a bunch of Pyrex pie plates. He then proceeded to melt melt them. He was pleased with the result. On Saturday, January 18, 1997, he melted 41, 942 pounds of Pyrex-like glass to make the first of the two primary mirrors for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), a joint
U. of A. / Arcetri Observatory project, being erected on Mount Graham.
Marjory Vin Williams 6/1/1997
The Diffuse Nebulae Complexes of the Southern Winter Sky Diffuse nebula are not randomly strewn about in the sky, rather they are confined to a narrow region centered on the Galactic Plane. A particularly fascinating area for telescopic study can be found in the southern winter Milky Way. Richard Jakiel 2/1/1998
The Dugas Star Party, A.K.A. "I can't make it to the Grand Canyon Star Party" Saturday, June 15th was a star party at the Dugas Road meadow for those of us who were not able to get all the way up the Grand Canyon for the observing session there. Steve Coe 7/1/1996
The Perseids are Coming! The Perseids are Coming! If you're talking about meteors, then the shower to talk about is the Perseids. This year, the moon will factor very little into observing the shower with the shower occurring just 2 days before the new moon. Paul Dickson 8/1/1996
The Pierre -Yves Schwaar Scholarship Fund Rick Tejera 9/1/2001
The Tasco Caper It occurred to me the other night, as Mars sat up there looking back at me and I contemplated lugging Big Boy out of the workshop and setting it all up to have a peek: What do I really know about those little light-weight cheapy refractors except what the authoritative sources have told me? Jack Jones 4/1/1996
The Times, They are AíChanginí Rick Tejera 3/1/2001
The Twin Points Observatory Under Construction 4/1/2002
The Urban List Num Name CON RA(2000) Decl Typ Mag Notes 9/1/2000
Thoughtful Donation Kick Kick-starts the SAC ATM Subgroup Several weeks ago, a thoughtful person contacted Peggy Kain about a "telescope" that had been left behind by the previous inhabitants of her home. As it turns out, the "telescope" was actually
several boxes of telescope pieces that the donatorís sister was getting ready to throw away.
Thad Robosson 9/1/2000
Training for The "Other March Madness" Mention March Madness to most people and they think of basketball, me, I think of the Messier Marathon. Rick Tejera 4/1/2000
Uranometria 2000.0 Second Edition, a BOOK REVIEW Thad Robosson 1/1/2002
Vekol Lions Scientific discussion, regarding the Leonid Meteor Shower, conducted the night of November 16th and early morning of the 17th, at Vekol Wash, Arizona, among members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, Missouri, and Arizona's East Valley Astronomy Club and Saguaro Astronomy Club: Marjory Vin Williams 1/1/1999
Viewing Pluto It is approaching that time of the year when Pluto is closest to the Earth and thus at its brightest. To the right is a coarse finder chart, with a much more detailed chart given below. Paul Dickson 4/1/1996
Walter Scott Houstonís ďDeep Sky WondersĒ, A book review Thad Robosson 2/1/2002
What's Up, Aquila Aquila is a constellation that has always presented a puzzle to me. That is: why isn't there a nice, bright Messier object located within its' borders? Steve Coe 9/1/1996
What's Up, Best Tips Well, here we are at the last "What's Up" for a while and I think I will end with some of the most important things I have learned about going out to observe the night sky. These are in no order of importance, just some things to think about. Steve Coe 12/1/1996
What's Up, Cancer I have been using Position Angle (PA) to mark the angle of elongation of deep sky objects for several years. I find it useful to make certain that I am observing the same object seen by Herschel or other observers. Steve Coe 3/1/1996
What's Up, Centaurus I have always loved a good view of a globular cluster. No other object for me seems so three dimensional as a these beautiful globes of stars. Steve Coe 5/1/1996
What's Up, Delphinus NGC 6891, NGC 6905, NGC 6934, NGC 6956, NGC 7006, PK59-18.1 Steve Coe 8/1/1996
What's Up, Draco I have had a chance to take a look at the Cambridge
Atlas of Galaxies, thanks to Gerry Rattley for bringing
this two volume photographic atlas to the Deep Sky
meeting. A.J. Crayon and I were both struck by the wild variety of galaxy shapes.
Steve Coe 6/1/1996
What's Up, Leo Leo is another of those constellations that seems to be a bottomless pit. Several of the Spring constellations are so full of galaxies that even after several good nights in Leo, Virgo or Ursa Major, there are still plenty of objects to observe. Steve Coe 4/1/1996
What's Up, Ophiuchus Planetary nebulae have always been a source of fascination for me. I know that the first time I saw the Ring Nebula and then the Dumbbell Nebula in one night with my first telescope, an 8" f/6, I was hooked. Steve Coe 7/1/1996
What's Up, Piscies Austrinus If you are observing galaxies in Pisces Austrinus, then it is probably getting chilly while you are observing. Steve Coe 10/1/1996
What's Up, Puppis Puppis is one of those constellations that just comes along with the Messier catalog. As observers decide to learn the sky more thoroughly, many set out to see the list of Charles Messier for themselves. Steve Coe 2/1/1996
What's Up, Sculptor Sculptor is one of those constellations that have few bright stars, but there are some very nice deep sky objects to pick out, even in such a star-barren area of the sky. Steve Coe 11/1/1996
What's Up, Taurus The constellation of the Bull is easily recognized because of the fact that it is composed of two, large, bright open clusters. Steve Coe 1/1/1996
Why Not Start With A Pair of Binoculars? Steve Willis 10/1/2001
You Know Youíre a Deep Sky BuffÖ WHEN 10/1/2002