Monthly Archives: March 2013

Greg Eckes

APO update & Pictures

Saturday we had our 3rd work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. We really got a lot done. Kimber, Don and I took everything out of the Astro Physics Center and set it outside to be cleaned and dusted. Then we washed down the walls and floor. Butch and Mike cleaned the walls, floor and dome track.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Big Bang

Hey, I just wanted to put a note out there about one of the best books I have read (and I’ve read a few!) on Big Bang Cosmology.  The book is titled “Big Bang” and it is written by Simon Singh.  This book is about 300 or so pages and it reads real fast.  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

March 16 Work Day @ APO

We will be having another work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in Tulare this Saturday. We will be washing walls, and equipment in the Astro Physics Room and the Observatory dome. We will also be working on the landscape. The idea is to make the place as safe as possible for people walking around in the dark.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Comet Pan-STARRS update

Last night we went out to the Arthur Pursell Observatory to view the comet. What a great night. The weather was fantastic. It was hard to view the comet from the observatory because of the trees off in the horizon. Our neighbors, Dean and Hope Martin invited us on to view it through a clearing on their property.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Riverlands Star Party Canceled!

Hey all,  Riverlands star party at Dry Creek is canceled tonight due to persistent cloudiness.   Sorry!!… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Observatory

Hey all,

Greg and I got out to the Purcell Observatory last night for a few hours of viewing through the 10″ dome scope.  I was impressed by the clarity of the images in a scope that has set idle for as many years as this scope has.  M42, M82-81, M78, M97 and others all looked really good!  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Comet Pan-STARRS

March 12-16 is supposed to be the best time to view Comet Pan-STARRS. Follow the link below to see a picture of what it might look like. Make comments on this post if you try to view it and tell us where you were and what you saw.

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Greg Eckes

March Meeting Presentation

Wednesday night the topic “Tides and how they relate to astronomy” will be presented by Marvin Demmers. Greg Eckes will make a presentation on how to use the TAA website.… Read the rest

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