Category Archives: Observing Notes

Observing Notes by John Sabia

Suggestion software for processing your digital images.

I have frequently been asked which software to use to process astronomical photos. The simple answer is it depends on your imaging system, equipment (with or without a telescope), your camera or video, what you are photographing (Lunar, planets or … Continue reading

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Comet Observer’s websites

Monthly Comets and Sky Charts http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/ Visual Comets of the Northern Hemisphere http://www.aerith.net/comet/future-n.html BAA Comets in 2018 http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/preds18 Southern Comets Homepage  Yearly Planner http://members.westnet.com.au/mmatti/sc.htm ALPO Comets Section http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/ Comet Observation Database https://cobs.si/

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Lunar Observing program

Beginning with the April 2017  a Lunar Observing program will be presented at the Regular monthly meeting of the club. The first will be a overview of the moon and the variety of lunar features that can be seen on … Continue reading

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Resources for Observing Mars

In the year 2016 the planet Mars will be at opposition and close to our planet Earth. Listed below are some sites on how to observe the planet Mars and detail information on the 2016 opposition. This information is from … Continue reading

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Searching For Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS

Expectations of the appearance of Comet C/2012 L4 PANSTARRS is running high since the first solution it’s orbit. Magnitudes are expected in the minus range, sporting a long broad tail after sunset. I’ve seen the preview of this picture before, … Continue reading

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Color Filters for the Planets

This PDF file contains the tables and notes used the PowerPoint program that was given at the regular club meeting this year. The first section list each planet and the filters best suited to improve or enhance various visual planetary … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus 2012

   Looking at the LAS 2012 calendar the club published and sold this year, you may have notice two line items for June 5, 2012. The first is the regular monthly meeting of the LAS, followed by the Transit of … Continue reading

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Viewing Comet C/2009 P1 Gerradd

  The next few months comet C/2009 P1 Gerradd will be bright enough to be viewed with small scope. Its peak brightness may just reach 6th magnitude. Don’t expect a naked eye object, as the comet brightness is spread over … Continue reading

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Saturn’s New Feature -The Serpent Storm

As a response to all the attention that Jupiter has been receiving in the news, the planet Saturn is now putting on a show of a major storm in the North Temperate Zone.  Numerous amateur astronomers have been recording the development … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

RESULTS (click picture for larger image) One must be out in the early morning hours on Tuesday morning to see this Total Lunar Eclipse. The full moon will is riding high in the sky during the winter months for northern … Continue reading

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Jupiter’s GRS in December

 Winter is here and with it colder nighttime temperatures. Don’t let that stop you looking at Jupiter; it’s in good viewing position as the night sky appears. I did have a fantastic view of Jupiter in the RC20 f/8.1 telescope … Continue reading

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Follow comet 103P Hartley 2 in September

The first two weeks of September 2010 should be a good time to begin a search for comet 103P Hartley. By that time the should be bright enough to see in a modest size telescope. Depending of course that it … Continue reading

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The GRS in August

More transit times  of the GRS on Jupiter. I suspect that the Oval BA will get close to the GRS a pass by it during this viewing season. Keep an watch on this for any changes than may occur to the … Continue reading

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Jupiter in View for 2010

For observers of the planet Jupiter, who rise early or stay up late, the planet is a prime target in the finder’s crosshair or Telrad circle. This is a good time to see the Great Red Spot,  as it stands … Continue reading

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Lunar Observing Resource Guides

Our Moon, when viewed thru the eyepiece of a telescope shows us a great variety of surface detail. Besides the many craters of all sizes and complexity there are mare, mountains, rilles, and small domes spread across the surface. Under … Continue reading

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The Two Inner Planets

I cannot recall the last time the weather was so good at sunset during April. Our usual rain clouds that prevail mostly during the start of spring weather held back, till the 2nd half of the month. This weather happened … Continue reading

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Resource Material

More times than I can recall club members have ask to shared their digital media with the club at the regular meeting or during social observing nights. Many of items are photographs they have taken; a few are documents they … Continue reading

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Musing on Maps

As I have stated many times, I like looking over printed charts of the sky and maps of the worlds of our Solar System. However, not all maps can be used at the telescope. Moisture from dew, which can damage … Continue reading

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The Globe at Night campaign

The annual event that uses the bright stars of the constellation of Orion to estimate regional brightness levels of the sky at night will get underway again in March 2010. Starting on March 3 and continuing to March 16 you … Continue reading

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Mars Observation Feb 5, 2010 UT

Mars Feb 05, 2010 UT 0:15 – 1:00 UT CM : 349.8 – 1.0 Instrument: 9.5-inch (241.3-mm) f/15 A. Clark Refractor Magnification: 172x and 241x Filters: Blue W80 and Yellow W15 Seeing: 6-7 Transparency (SAC): 4 The first views of … Continue reading

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