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General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: July 17, 2020, 04:22:12 PM »
Last night I got a great pic of Neowise (see RAC Facebook page).  I found a really nice spot to get the photo.  Head west on 75th Street NW, past Douglas, to the intersection of County Road 5 NW.  Its quite flat, good horizon, and a nice little gravel pad on the SE side of the intersection to pull off.  You're out in the dark country side and far enough west so the lights of Pine Island don't interfere with the comet.  It's not a big enough place to set up a telescope (or even park many cars) but it's a cozy spot for a camera and tripod.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: January 05, 2020, 03:28:44 PM »
Yes, last night.  Sorry you missed it. 
Clear skies!

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:36:51 PM »
Saturday night should be relatively dry and the sky should be crystal clear.  It looks to be one of the best nights in a while.  I'll see you there!

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: September 27, 2019, 03:54:07 PM »
Does anyone have any information about Star B-Que this weekend?????  I assume it's at Root River but is it Friday or Saturday?

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:47:34 PM »
I'm a little confused.  Isn't Star-B-Q supposed to be the 27th and 28th and not this weekend?  John, maybe you meant to post this weekend's observing event on the board for "Observing tonight" and not for "2019 Star B-Que?"

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 03, 2019, 06:51:05 PM »
Looks like the clouds are not going to dissipate tonight.  I'll have to wait till next year to get those faint fuzzys in Sagittarius.

Did anyone notice that the clock on the Forum is an hour fast?

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:12:05 PM »
I think this is going to be the last chance of season to map M54, M55, M69, and M70 (all in southern Sagittarius).  The moon is starting to stay out too late and Sagittarius will be too far in the west by the time dark skies return in a month.  I'm going out to Root River tonight.

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:06:14 PM »
I liked the locations nearer the Iowa border (like Flatten Farm or Eagle Bluff).  I'd prefer to go there.  However, Root River will work in a pinch.  I'll just pack a gallon of coffee and prepare to stay awake.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: August 31, 2019, 11:42:01 AM »
I had a great night at Root River and I'll report on the cool things we saw at the next club meeting.  So far, I've got 38 Messier objects recorded for the Astro League certificate and I would sure like to get three more that are quite difficult ones (in lower Sagittarius) before they move farther west for the season.  I was hoping to go back out there tonight (31 Aug 19) but the clouds that are blowing in from the weather system originating in the Western Dakotas are going to prevent that.  Maybe tomorrow night.  If I go, I'll post something on this forum. 

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: August 28, 2019, 04:47:16 PM »
Josef and John Attewell are going to Root River Park tonight.  The forecast for tonight looks SPECTACULAR!!!  Join us if you can.

Meetings / Yerkes Observatory Is Closing!
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:31:53 PM »
From Astronomy News:

A piece of astronomical history is closing its doors this year: Yerkes Observatory, which opened in 1897, will cease operations on October 1, 2018.  It’s truly one of the great pieces of scientific history and architecture. Yerkes Observatory is an impressive late-19th-century structure, housing what is still the largest refracting (lens-based) telescope in the world. The primary lens in the main Yerkes telescope is 40 inches (102 centimeters) in diameter.  The observatory stands on the shore of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, just across the border from Illinois. The land it sits on is park-like, and the building itself is a marvel of astronomical architecture and engineering from the dawn of the modern era of big science.  In many ways, this closure isn’t surprising. Yerkes is very much a relic of a past era, not the type of observatory that is used for major discoveries in the modern day. The University of Chicago, which owns and operates the facility, has decided the observatory is not worth the expense of maintaining it. 



General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:59:25 PM »
I'm heading over to the Mayo planetarium.  Hope to see you there!

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:20:02 PM »
I'll won't be there about 11 pm.  I'm in the Byron Sportsman's Club and our big fund raiser banquet is tonight.  I'm on duty running a game table from 5 pm till 9 pm.  As soon as I'm done I'll hustle on down to EB for some good skies and good friends!  See you there.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: June 06, 2017, 12:11:33 PM »
Bob:  Is "Photoshop Elements" something different than "Photoshop CS?"  If so, is it easier to use than CS (CS is pretty complicated)?


General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:59:26 AM »
I think Josef means Saturday May 6th, not April 6th. 

See you there!

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