Fw: Venus and the Pleiades this coming Tuesday
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From: richard rosenberg
To: richard rosenberg
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 11:36 AM
Subject: Venus and the Pleiades this coming Tuesday
If you don't know already, in a few days there will be a terrific celestial event. On Tuesday, April 3rd, the planet Venus will come very close to the Pleiades, the brightest star cluster. Some of us will be at the High Line or other usual AAA locations. Others may want to help people at a star party on the Lower East Side. They have some nice telescopes but are not very familiar in observing. Perhaps you can help. If so, call Felton Davis at 212-777-9617.
By the way, Venus should be high enough to be seen (unless there's a tall building blocking the western sky)..
From: Felton Davis [mailto:davisfelton3@...]
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2012 8:17 AM
To: president@...; vp@...; jasonskendall@...; michael_finger@...
Subject: Greetings Amateur Astronomers
Thanks for your wonderful work helping urban astronomers to keep in touch, and also to avoid the inevitable discouragement of attempting to star gaze in the city!
Here at Maryhouse, part of the Catholic Worker community, located at 55 East 3rd Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, we are experimenting with a 4.5-inch Celestron, and a big bulky 8-inch Orion. Joanne and I and her kids attended a star party in Central Park last fall, and learned a great deal looking through the various scopes on display in the Sheep Meadow.
What impressed me was everyone's ability to set up their equipment even as the sky went dark -- I am at a great loss when it comes to setting up and aligning and attaching eyepieces to ours. (See attached photo: Adaptors and Rings.jpg) If anyone would like to come and visit us on our roof on April 2nd or April 3rd when Venus is passing close by the Pleiades, especially if they have some learned advice, that would be most welcome. Please call me at (212) 777-9617 beforehand.
No combination of T-ring and adaptor worked successfully on the Dobsonian telescope, but the kind folks at Orion Telescopes allowed me to exchange that one for a standard 8-inch reflector, which is supposed to be more camera adaptable. (Time will tell.)
As for the conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades in April, I worry that they will be too low in the western sky for good viewing.
55 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003
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Kitt Peak Observatory 158-inch reflector
McDonald Observatory 107-inch reflector
Yerkes Observatory 40-inch refractor
Allegheny Observatory 30-inch refractor
Maryhouse Rooftop 8-inch reflector
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