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  • http://www.amnh.org/programs/programs.php?src=p_h&date=2008-06-17&event_id=921 Next Tuesday, 17 June, Marie Winn delivers a presentation at AMNH of stories from her latest book Central Park in the Dark. Following the presentation she will lead a group through the park with "stations" set up offering nature activities.. Myself and others will be set up on the southern circumference...
    Peter Jun 11, 2008
  • ----- Forwarded Message ---- From: Donna Smith To: tags_p@^$1 Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 9:25:15 PM Subject: News from Sidewalk Astronomers Greetings! We have the date set for the...
    Bruce Kamiat Feb 24, 2008
  • Tom, Ben and myself had a great time at TPO on Sunday. I posted some snapshots and a brief description at http://topofthelawn.blogspot.com/2007/05/20070520-1st-international-sidewalk.html Early on saw Ken and ditto about his language. At one point he stopped a French family in their tracks with his fluent invitation. Like Rich, we concentrated on the planets. I pointed the scope at...
    Peter May 22, 2007
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  • Hi Bruce, I plan to observe down at the south end of the Great Lawn in Central Park. Ideally Charlie & Kin will be there, since I rely on them for providing the facts. I'll first setup in the southeast corner for a better view of setting objects and then move eastward to ole TPO (Turtle Pond Observatory). Would be nice to see ya guys. As others have done, I provide a little write...
    Peter May 11, 2007
  • Anybody else observe the occultation event last night? I recorded my timings and posted them at topofthelawn.blogspot.com. I am interested in comparing with what others may have recorded. Celaeno, Sterope I, and Sterope II were difficult to judge on disappearance since there was a slight glare. All the reappearances were pretty easy. Thanks, peter
    Peter Oct 10, 2006
  • Hi Bruce, Sorry for the tardy reply - just saw this series of messages. Yes, Charlie & I both made the observations. I was so shocked by what we saw, we did three counts at two locations. I suspect that visual acuity plays a large role. I have seen HIP 17776, the mag 5.4 star to the south of Atlas/Pleione, on a number of ocassions. I find it easier to see than Sterope. peter --- In...
    Peter Dec 17, 2005
  • > Could you let me know where 5.64 for Sterope I came from? Planetarium > for the Palm, Tycho-2 and 2Mass all show 21 Tau at ~5.76. I relied on Burnham's for the table data. The sky chart is a modified jpg from TheSky6. ('Asterope' for the pair or 'Sterope I' & 'Sterope II' when > considered individually.) Ah'! Thanks for the tidbit. In a private message sent to Team_TotL, I used...
    Peter Sep 29, 2005
  • Session Name: 20050927.210 Date (time): 27 Sept 2005 (9:00pm ~ 2:15am) Transparency/Seeing (1 worst - 5 best): 4/4 NELM: Zenith - m5.39 (HIP 18396, east of delta Per) Earlier in the evening - m5.24 (HIP 14043, south of gamma & tau Per) Conditions: Moonless, clear night, dark sky in the NNW to NE corridor; S: m4.04 from Water Jar; WSW: m4.3/3.58 Prima & Secundi Giedi (sep 6'24") W...
    Peter Sep 28, 2005
  • --- In guildofmanhattansidewalkastronomers@^$1, "Tony Hoffman" wrote: . . . . . > (and far more impressive than it appears from the city). The Orion > Nebula was brilliant, and I also picked up the fainter nebula M78 > above the Belt. I checked out most of the showcase open clusters: Hi Tony, Thanks for your report. Always impressed by what you pick up with a pair of binoculars. I...
    Peter Mar 16, 2005
  • Last night four astronomy enthusiasts assembled at TotL for a great observing session. About a dozen and half pedestrians and dogwalkers stopped by for some peeks and chats. When the scope was cooling down, Shantall (?sp?), a familiar dogwalker told me that Tom C. was down by TPO, though I never did see him. Location: TotL, Central Park, NYC Site Classification: Urban Date/time...
    Peter Mar 6, 2005