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Tech Terrace on a Monday night, 10-10-2016

Gary Leiker called me on Monday night, October 10th, 2016, to go out to Tech Terrace Park. There was a big gibbous moon in the sky, but we were both ready for some astronomy. I didn’t arrive until about 9:30, but went straightway to setting up and was aligning my finders (red dot and 50mm […]

Observation Report 16-Sept-2016

This past Friday night was the 3rd Friday of the month, and supposed to be our Club’s public star party. The forecast was quite discouraging, and I was feeling a little tired, the week’s end and with the kids while my wife was at a Conference out of town. But I got the Orion SkyView […]

Dark Sky Map

Thanks to Steve Maas for producing this dark sky map of the USA, as promised from the September 2016 monthly meeting atlas_of-sky_brightness_2016

Observation Report Saturday, 27-Aug-2016

Scopes: Gary Leiker’s 20” dob Scott Harris’ aide in setup/teardown of the above Your humble narrator’s 4” F/7 ED refractor & AZ-4 mount Other attendees: Steve Maas, Val Jordan, Emma Jordan & Heather Hedge, Islam & his wife, & Lesley, Scott’s girlfriend Despite my best plans, I arrived late anyway, for a very time sensitive […]

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