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Gott Observation Report, 03-July-2016

I arrived at the Gott late, having finished watching the tear-jerker “Angel in the House” with my wife and young daughters. Gary Leiker was already set up and showed us the GRS just before it rolled off the globe. Mark Smith was setting up his 10” F/5.56 dob, and I brought my 8” SkyWatcher dob, […]

24 June 2016, TTU Gott Observatory observation report

Observers: Scott Harris – Celestron NexStar 8 Gary Leiker – Edge C8 on AVX Collin Smith – 4” ED F/7 refractor When I arrived a few minutes before 10 PM, Gary and Scott were getting finalized on setup, with Scott about finished. I jumped into action. The wind was quite strong, stronger than I’d liked, […]

Tech Terrace Park, 17-June-2016

Telescopes: 8” Celestron SCT       Gary Leiker 10” F/5.56 dob          Mark Smith 4” F/7 ED doublet    Collin Smith   I arrived at 9:45 PM, which was a little later than I’d written for the invitation (9:15-9:30), but still early enough to encounter a good deal of twilight and still […]

April Fools + 1 + Muleshoe WF

Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge, Paul’s Lake Observation Site April 2nd-3rd, 2016 Gary Leiker & Scott Harris hauled via rented U-Haul, assembled and setup Gary’s custom tracking 30″ dobsonian Scott Harris — 5″ ES triplet on Explore Scientific Heavy Duty Twilight II Mount Mark Smith — old Club 10″ F/6-ish dobsonian Your humble narrator — Celestron 102GT […]

2015 SPS Fall Star Party

Sat Oct 17, 2015 5 day old moon Society of Physics Students Fall outing I arrived at the Gott late, around 8 PM.  My wife fixed us a huge late lunch, around 3 PM, and I wasn’t even slightly hungry at 6 PM.  But I arrived with my Orion 102mm F/7 ED scope on my […]

October’s Presentation – Project Apollo Archive

Tonight is the October meeting of the club and I am presenting a few of the 10,000 images from the recently released Project Apollo Archive, . I would encourage you to take a look at the archive, which is a collection of unedited images taken during the Apollo missions. 2015-10 Project Apollo Archive

Facebook page

We have recently rolled out a Facebook page to keep the general public informed about events, post photos, etc. We will still keep this website active as a resource for club members, but the Facebook page will allow a wider audience to learn about public events because it will automatically be pushed to their wall […]

An Evening With the Lady Who Discovered Pulsars

This is a different sort of observing report than what I usually post… This evening at the college where I work, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell gave a free lecture about how she discovered pulsars in the 1960s. It was a great talk about how she was doing her PhD thesis and had to build her […]

Sunday night, January 11, 2015 Emma

I arrived late, about 7:15, and too late to catch Mercury and Venus, now setting low in the west, but Maurice Clark, Scott Harris and Gary Leiker had seen them, and Mark Smith may have arrived early enough to catch them, too. Dr. Clark had his Jaegers 5” short tube achromat, an almost 50 year […]

Seeing spots

Last night’s late-forming clouds and wind may have stopped SPAC from having a good time at Gott last night, but you can never keep a good astronomer down.  Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for dark, starry nights, we forget all about the closest star to Earth — the Sun.  Right now, we are […]