Posts related to what is currently visible in the night sky or some of the club members’ favorite or most challenging observations

Greg Eckes

Asteroid Occults Regulas

On Wednesday evening, March 19th, a rare astronomical event will take place. The asteroid Erigone will pass in front of the star Regulus in the constellation Leo. For people living in New York and eastern Canada this event will take place at 2:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. They will actually see Regulus disappear for 14 seconds.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

January Reminders

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all planning for a wonderful holiday season loaded with food, fun, friends and family.  I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind our members that club dues are due at out January meeting.  Please come prepared to make your payment, as your dues help our club grow and meet out monthly expenses.  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

October Desert Skies Report

Waiting for the stars

Waiting for the stars

Two weeks ago, Butch, my brother Dave and I went looking for dark skies close to home. Butch had taken a drive to Colonel Allensworth Stat Park, earlier in the year. He noticed that it was located in the middle of nowhere and thought that it would be a great place to view the sky.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Comet Ison

Hey all you star-gazers out there.  Don’t miss out on what could be one of the biggest astronomical events of the year!  Comet Ison (C/2012 S1) is approaching the inner Solar System and should become visible to the naked eye later this month and throughout all of next month.  If predictions are right, the comet could be as bright as the full moon on closest approach to the Sun!  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

TAA August Star Party at Big Meadows

Last weekend, Aug 3, the TAA had their annual Star Party at Big Meadows. It was for members only and it was a big success. Several members came up just for the night, others stayed the whole weekend. It was great to get out of the valley heat! The temps up at Big Meadows were in the high 70’s during the day and low 40″s at night.… 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


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.

http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=567Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Star Charts

Here is a really neat site for free “detailed” star charts:


Check it out!… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Dry Creek

Just thought I would let you all know that Greg and I made an impromptu trip to Dry Creek last night to get a little more eyepiece time in.  Greg is working on a Messier program, and I am embarking on the Herschel 400 list (am I crazy or what?).  We made progress though, and enjoyed the crickets!… Read the rest

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