Archive for September, 2009

Rocky Mountain PBS Star Party.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

As most of you know we were contacted from the NASA Night Sky Network, to see if we could help out Rocky Mountain PBS with a Star Party a the Historic Chautauqua in Boulder Colorado. We were able to set up three telescopes for the guest to view through after the presentation in the auditorium. We had our biggest turn out for a star party so far. We had about 350 plus guest show up to look through our telescopes. One of the defining moments of how many guest where there, was when I heard Neal from atop of his 8 foot ladder next to his 30 inch dob towering over the sea of people saying “Wes get out the oars” Wow what a night. Pam from Rocky Mountain PBS made sure we had VIP parking and VIP Tickets for the show in the auditorium.
It turned out to be vary warm it was about 70 degrees that night.
About 10pm the crowd finally died down. The wind starting blowing pretty bad, so about 11pm we called it quits.

I have put some photos up in the Gallery under Star Parties.

This is a great park to visit if you every get a chance.

Thanks to everyone that was able to make it out.

Weekend under the stars star party in Foxpark Wyoming

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This is probably the best site around,at 9200ft and 50 miles from Larimie it is super dark! All 198 people were very friendly and willing to share views all 4 nights I was there.I camped next to a 16 inch Astrosystems and an 18 inch Starmaster with go to.Really nice scopes so I was giving them challenge objects every night.One person let me use his 25 inch Obsession for about an hour once he realized I knew my way around and was an advanced observer.I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I had many people wanting to look through my classic orange C-11 and I gave quite a show.I hunted down extremely tough objects that most thought would be impossible in an 11 inch. This is one star party that I highly recommend.The drive is about 165 miles from Brighton. Take care.Mark Spalding.

Happy fist Day of Fall 2009!!!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Today is the first day of Fall or the last day of Summer, one of those the Glass is half full or half empty things.

Here is a video from National Geography on the changing of the seasons…

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Large, New-Cycle Sunspot

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

FARSIDE SUNSPOT: NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft is tracking an active region over the sun’s eastern horizon that could be a large, new-cycle sunspot. We can’t yet see it from Earth, but the sun’s rotation is turning the region toward us, and it could pop into view as early as Sept. 21st. Readers with solar telescopes should monitor the sun’s eastern limb for developments. Images and updates may be found at

DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT:

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Space Weather News for Sept. 8, 2009

http://spaceweather.com

DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT: On Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 3:26 p.m. EDT, space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS). The two spaceships are now circling Earth side by side, forming a pair of bright lights in the night sky. Check http://spaceweather.com to see if you are favored with a double flyby of your hometown before Discovery returns to Earth on Thursday.

THE FOLLOWING ISS SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM TUE SEP 08 TO WED SEP 23
SATELLITE LOCAL DURATION MAX ELEV APPROACH DEPARTURE
DATE/TIME (MIN) (DEG) (DEG-DIR) (DEG-DIR)

ISS Tue Sep 08/08:47 PM 4 40 10 above WSW 19 above NNE
ISS Wed Sep 09/09:14 PM 1 17 17 above NNW 16 above N
ISS Thu Sep 10/08:03 PM 3 38 36 above NW 10 above NE
ISS Thu Sep 10/09:38 PM < 1 10 10 above NNW 10 above NNW ISS Fri Sep 11/08:28 PM 2 17 16 above NW 11 above NNE ISS Sat Sep 12/08:53 PM 1 10 10 above NNW 10 above N ISS Sun Sep 13/07:42 PM 2 16 16 above NW 11 above NNE ISS Mon Sep 14/08:07 PM 1 10 10 above NNW 10 above N ISS Thu Sep 17/09:21 PM < 1 10 10 above NNW 10 above NNW ISS Sat Sep 19/08:35 PM 1 14 10 above NNW 14 above NNE ISS Sun Sep 20/08:59 PM 1 17 10 above NNW 17 above NNW ISS Mon Sep 21/07:49 PM 3 14 10 above NNW 10 above NE ISS Tue Sep 22/08:13 PM 3 28 10 above NNW 28 above NE ONLY DAYS WITH SIGHTING OPPORTUNITIES ARE LISTED THE FOLLOWING SHUTTLE SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM WED SEP 09 TO MON SEP 14 SATELLITE LOCAL DURATION MAX ELEV APPROACH DEPARTURE DATE/TIME (MIN) (DEG) (DEG-DIR) (DEG-DIR) SHUTTLE Tue Sep 08/08:46 PM 4 40 11 above WSW 21 above NNE SHUTTLE Wed Sep 09/09:13 PM 1 18 17 above NNW 16 above N SHUTTLE Thu Sep 10/08:01 PM 3 39 38 above NW 10 above NE SHUTTLE Thu Sep 10/09:36 PM < 1 11 10 above NNW 11 above NNW SHUTTLE Fri Sep 11/08:25 PM 2 17 17 above NNW 11 above NNE SHUTTLE Sat Sep 12/08:49 PM 1 10 10 above NNW 10 above N SHUTTLE Sun Sep 13/07:37 PM 2 17 16 above NW 11 above NNE ONLY DAYS WITH SIGHTING OPPORTUNITIES ARE LISTED

News Letter for Sept..

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I’m currently working on getting the new letter out for September…

Hope to have it ready by early next week…

Thanks for your support..

Smoke From Station Fire Blankets Southern California – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Smoke From Station Fire Blankets Southern California – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Weather aids firefighters; Mt. Wilson still threatened — latimes.com

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Weather aids firefighters; Mt. Wilson still threatened — latimes.com

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On Mt. Wilson, ‘right now the fire is boss’

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

On Mt. Wilson, ‘right now the fire is boss’

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