Re: [delmarvastargazers] Observation Report: January 25, 2003 further South
- Hi All! I'm a new member, well witing for approval, any how just wanted to
say that last nite 3 hours south from you it was CLEAR, severe clear. I was
too lazy to take my 12.5, my new scope, so I carried out my Orion 4.5 Short
tube to let cool. About 6:30 I went out and the sky was beautiful - clear &
crisp. I used every eyepiece in my meager collection and accept for barlowed
UO 7, which is unusually hi mag for this scope anyhow, everything was sharp
even in my yard with every lite on in the neighborhood. By the way, since I
became hooked a few months ago I notice every nite more and more lites on..
is this a plot? Even homes that don't even looked lived in now have lites,
plural, on that never did before... well that can't stop me!
Anyhow, I'm sorry I didn't carrry out my Discovery 12.5 as it was one of the
clearest nites I've seen in several months here and I was happily surprised
with the performance of the 4.5. By the way my recent acqisition of UO 16mm
wide and UO orthos are great! For the bucks they are a joy to look thru and
Hope to make meetings soon!!!
Parksley, Va... the other Eastern Shore
>From: Steven Long <selong@...>_________________________________________________________________
>To: " Stargazers, Delmarva" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [delmarvastargazers] Observation Report: January 25, 2003
>Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 12:25:43 -0500
>Doug Norton and I went to the Tuckahoe ball field last night. We only
>stayed about three hours, as the seeing was only slightly above
>average, and neither of us had a list of objects to "discover" -- but
>we both had new eyepieces and wanted to check them out.
>Yesterday morning I had picked up my new Pentax 21 eyepiece from
>Cutler Camera in Dover, so I spent at least half the time last night
>looking through it with my C8. The 21 is excellent. It's as bright as
>the Pentax 40, with twice the magnification -- just shy of 100 power
>with my C8. The 21 was so clear and sharp that both Doug and I were
>able to pick out the 5th star in the Trapezium in Orion with ease,
>hours before Orion reached its zenith. The Cassini Division in
>Saturn's rings was visible with the 21 (though only at the "edges" of
>Saturn, where the rings turn back on themselves.) M77 near Cetus
>actually seemed to have some detail with this eyepiece; in the past
>the Pentax 40 left the image too small, and the P-14 and 10.5 made it
>too faint. Also, bright nebulae and galaxies look great with the 21
>and my new Orion Skyglow filter. Cloud and texture detail in the Orion
>Nebula was extreme. We looked at M82, and could see the dust lanes in
>the edge-on galaxy with the 21 and the filter, even at only 100 power.
>Doug brought his Televue Genesis refractor, and tested his new 24mm
>Televue wide field eyepiece. We looked at M37 in Auriga, and the
>cluster was gorgeous, centered in his field of view and surrounded by
>the background sky. The stars were pinpoints, focused to such fine
>dots that it looked like someone had spent time with an insulin
>needle, punching tiny holes through a piece of backlit black satin. We
>tried his eyepiece on my scope, too, and the star images seemed better
>than my 21's. Oh well. What else could I expect from something named
>Near the end of our evening, about 8:45, we looked at Jupiter with my
>scope and the panoply of Pentax eyepieces I own. The 21 showed surface
>detail with amazing contrast (though the image wasn't very big.) The
>10.5 showed a moon-sized image that was so bright I had to put my
>three-stop moon filter on the eyepiece; then we could see faint
>festoons along the dark/light cloud borders.
>The sky was best to the southeast and up to the zenith. Around the
>horizon the city glow was pretty bright, and the sky was gray rather
>than black to the north and west. Nevertheless it wasn't a bad night.
>A slight breeze was only barely noticeable. The air seemed to be
>fairly stable and was extremely dry. Nothing of mine collected any
>frost or water, an unusual occurrence at the ball field. I probably
>could have seen more, but my eyes/mind were out of stargazing
>practice. A couple of puppies, a matched pair of hunting dog bookends
>that may have been left behind by someone, had wandered in at sunset
>and begged us all night to take them in. The ground was cold, and my
>fingers burned whenever I had to touch anything without gloves. We
>were the only two who showed up, so at 9 we packed up and left. When I
>arrived home at 9:30, my outdoor thermometer showed 20 degrees.
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- The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia, flying STS 107 apparently dissentegrated
over north Texas during re-entry according to CNN, CBS, and NBC TV
reports. Columbia launched on January 16 for that
orbiter's 28th journey. Communication was lost at 8:00 Central Time (14:00
GMT), 16 minutes prior to the scheduled landing, at an altitude of 200,000
feet (61km) and velocity of 12,000 miles per hour (19,000
km/h). NASA advises people to report and avoid debris in the area because
it may inlude toxic propellants.
- I telephoned my parents in Tyler, TX; they said the
shock wave was quite startling. I grew up in
Corsicana and Palestine, TX -- I'm sure I'll hear more
about this from a few friends down there.
--- Mark <dmsg@...> wrote:
> The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia, flying STS 107
> apparently dissentegrated
> over north Texas during re-entry according to CNN,
> CBS, and NBC TV
> reports. Columbia launched on January 16 for that
> orbiter's 28th journey. Communication was lost at
> 8:00 Central Time (14:00
> GMT), 16 minutes prior to the scheduled landing, at
> an altitude of 200,000
> feet (61km) and velocity of 12,000 miles per hour
> km/h). NASA advises people to report and avoid
> debris in the area because
> it may inlude toxic propellants.
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