Monthly Archives: February 2012

Butch Demmers

Pena Planetarium Observing

We had a good turn out after the planetarium show last Friday night.   Those who came out enjoyed nice telescopic views of the Orion Nebula, the Moon and planets (Mars, Venus, and Jupiter) and several beautiful star clusters.  It’s always exciting to learn about the universe through books, planetarium shows, and others such sources, but nothing compares to the excitement of experiencing the heavens first hand through a good telescope.  … Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

NGC Max Computer For Sale

Excellent condition; asking $350.  Please call 786-7173 if interested.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Cal City Observing

The wind blew, the temps dropped, black clouds rolled in, but we still had a great time.  Greg and I got some eyepiece time on Friday night and had fun looking for the Horsehead (yes, still trying), M42, M1, M81 and 82 and a host of other treats.  After a few hours the clouds started to roll in and we lost it.  … Read the rest

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Meade LXD55 Facelift

Howdy All,

With some prodding from Greg and Butch, I have decided to to begin a small series of posts on the conversion of my scope and the many stages it has gone through on its journey to its current status. I am hoping the posts will be interesting to all and perhaps stir the creative juices for further improvements.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Sky Commander

Hey all!!  I’m looking forward to next weekend in the desert to put my new SC circles to good use.   I’m really excited about the expanded database of objects and the way the database is laid out.  I expect that it will make navigation to various objects much easier.  Oh, by the way, my NGC Max computer will be for sale if anyone is  interested.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Messier Award

At our last meeting our president, David Adalian, suggested that our club members take advantage of the different observational awards that the Astronomical League provides.  These awards are designed to improve ones observational skills. I am proposing that our club work together on the AL’s Messier Award. This will also tie-in nicely with Dan Demmers’ recommendation for the “Night Sky Tracker“.… Read the rest

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Night Sky Tracker Log


Since I am feeling rather prolithic this week, I thought I would share my most recent purchase from my favorite online store, Amazon. I have been attempting to get Austin, my son, involved in this hobby and have been looking for a beginner’s logbook of sorts that would allow him to record his oberservations and learn a bit more about astronomy at the same time.… Read the rest

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Scale of the Universe

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought this little interactive tool would help in the discussion of the complexity of the universe we love. Take some time and scan through it. You wont be disappointed.

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Orion Binocular Viewer First Look

Last evening at the close of our regular monthly meeting, the TAA members adjourned to the Eckes observatory to experience what was a somewhat unexpected pleasure.

Not long ago, in an effort to adjust for my relatively advanced astigmatism, I purchased the Orion bino’s from Amazon for around $200.oo. My first thought given the price for these beauties was I was about to waist a couple of bills.… Read the rest

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