Celebrate the sky with the AAAP at the Mingo Observatory’s last regular star party of 2014, 6:30 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Looking Southwest just before Sunset, Mars, Moon, Saturn and Sun in that order from left to right. After the Sun sets, followed by the Moon setting Asteroids Ceres and Vesta appear as the sky darkens. Ceres, closer to the Moon, leaves Vesta (Magnitude 7.27) the better target of the two. That is only the beginning of the night’s sky offerings. Marvel at the wonders of the universe using the telescopes inside AAAP’s Mingo Observatory and the member telescopes stationed outside. See the screenshots of www.Stellarium.org sky simulation. Planetarium programs include sky shows and lecture on spectroscopy in astronomy.
Click on the links for specific star party information including driving directions.
Mingo Clear Sky Chart
As skies darken bright planets Mars and Saturn appear. After the Sun sets see the dark sky yield views of “hard to spot” objects, followed by the stunning sight of Moonrise. AAAP opens both Wagman and Mingo Observatories to the public Saturday October 11, 2014 for Moonrise Star Parties. .Observe the autumn skies and watch the Gibbous Moon rise at 9:14 PM, EDT. Marvel at the wonders of the universe using the telescopes inside AAAP observatories and the member telescopes stationed outside. See the two screenshots of www.Stellarium.org sky simulations. The first is a 7:30 PM and the second, showing the Gibbous Moon is at 10 PM.
October 11, 2014, SW at 7:30 PM, bright planets Saturn and Mars above the horizon.
October 11, 2014,, NE at 10 PM, 45 minutes after Moonrise, See bright starts Aldebaron and Capella,
Click on the links for specific star party information including driving directions and on the images above for Stelarium simulations of the sky: 1. SW at 7:30 PM, bright planets Saturn and Mars above the horizon. 2. NE at 10 PM, 45 minutes after Moonrise, See bright starts Aldebaron and Capella,
AAAP star parties at both Wagman Observatory and at Mingo Observatory on Satuday September 27,2014. Public is invited.
Stellarium.org screen capture, looking SW at 8PM: Bright star Antares, Mars, Saturn and the Moon form an interesting grouping. Above and to the right Antares shines.
More AAAP September 27, 2014 Star Party information:
Bill Snyder’s astrophotograph of the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) is the First Place Winner in the Deep Space Category at the 2014 International Astrophotographer of the Year Contest sponsored by the Royal Museums Greenwich. Bill has received many accolades for his astrophotography, including seven APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) wins. Bill’s astrophotographs can be viewed and purchased at his website http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/ and at shows across the East Coast and Eastern Mid-West. Congratulations to Bill Snyder, from the AAAP!
Mingo Observatory Lecture: The Big Bang and Then Some – a Layman’s Perspective
Learn about how everything we now enjoy in the night sky got started.
Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear. No reservation needed.
Four Tuesdays, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.
Observing afterwards, conditions permitting.
Mingo Clear Sky Chart
Wagman Clear Sky Chart
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques(formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled.
Monday, September 15, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques(formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled, by Wagman Director Tom Reiland due to deteriorating conditions. 3:45PM 9/15/2014 Tuesday’s session September 16 is still scheduled.
Better Observing Techniques classes are scheduled Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept 15 and 16 and Oct 13 and 14 at Wagman Observatory. Classes begin at 7 PM.
Tulip Nebula- Bill Snyder
This is an image of the Tulip Nebula in Cygnus it is approximately 6000 light years away. Captured with 17in Planewave and SBIG STXL 11002 camera
Details at http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/?page_id=2030
9/6/2014 – Sunset at Wagman Observatory – By Nate Brandt
It rained part of the way to Wagman as I drove east last night which probably discouraged more people from coming out for movie night. We had a beautiful sunset in the west and at the same time we had a double rainbow in the east followed up by the movie October Sky shortly after.
Double Rainbow over Wagman Movie Night – By Nate Brandt
Cocoon Nebula – IC5146 — in Cygnus
Cherry Springs, PA
Imaging Camera = ATIK 383L Camera
Autoguiding Camera = Atik16IC via an OAG
Telescope OTA = Tele Vue NP127is @f5.2
Mount = CGEM
Home made cross filter
Exposures = multiple 5 min. L and multiple 10 min. each RGB
Software = Maxim DL and Photoshop CS5
From my 1st trip to Cherry Springs 2 weeks ago.
Imaging details are below the image.
Thanks for looking.