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Stephen Krell posted a status
"Tonight's target M 109. N west @ 12;00 or so should work out ok"
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Messier 109

"Thanks Martin! :D"
yesterday
Martin Hrdlicka commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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Messier 109

"Sweet 109 ...great job Rich! "
yesterday
Mark Joyce posted a status
"Went to ASEM's weekly public viewing with my scope last night, Got to do some observing my self and view through other scopes as well!"
yesterday
Richard A Flinn posted a photo

Messier 109

Messier 109 (also known as NGC 3992) is a barred spiral galaxy approximately 60 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. M109 can be seen southeast of the star Phecda (γ UMa), aka Phad. M109 is the brightest galaxy in the M109…
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David Manning posted a discussion

Recent Outreach

Our astronomy club had a public outreach at the Springfield, MO Discovery Center on April 12th.  We had 8 telescopes, including a portable radio telescope that our last guest speaker brought,  his presentation was on Radio Telescopes and the Sun.  The other telescope was a new Lunt Ha solar telescope. The view was awesome.  Even with the obstacles that were presented to us on that Saturday we had 160 guest that were able to view the sun. Our outreach was scheduled to last 7 hours but because…See More
yesterday
Stephen Krell posted a status
"Cloudy , oh well True Detective maybe"
Friday
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Moon 4/15/2014

"Thanks Martin and Stefan. Sorry you guys missed it. :("
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Stefan commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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Moon 4/15/2014

"Very cool thanks for posting. We had clouds here in PA. Clear skies,  Stefan"
Wednesday
Martin Hrdlicka commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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Moon 4/15/2014

"Very cool shot Rich! I woke late and I missed the total eclipse!"
Wednesday
David Manning left a comment for Stephen Krell
"Beautiful moon, I was up at 3:00 am long enough look at the moon, but no 3:00 am breakfast."
Tuesday
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Moon 4/15/2014

"And here is one with Spica. "
Tuesday
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Moon 4/15/2014

"This one is a little longer exposure showing more background stars. It was amazing how many stars popped into view across the sky as the Moon went into totality. The Milky Way was even showing up. :) "
Tuesday
Richard A Flinn posted a photo

Moon 4/15/2014

I was able to get a few shots last night using the CG5 mount with the 80mm apo at 384mm using the AT 0.8X reducer/flattener and Canon T3.
Tuesday
Stephen Krell posted a status
"wow, That's spectacular Lunar eclipse 2014"
Apr 15
Stephen Krell posted a status
"Astronomers, breakfast: bacon and French toast @ 3:00 am"
Apr 14
Richard A Flinn posted a status
"Looks like we got lucky! Skies should clear in time to see the total lunar eclipse tonight! :D"
Apr 14
David Manning left a comment for Clyde Smith
"Welcome to Star Party, Clyde.  David"
Apr 14
Joseph Tocco left a comment for Clyde Smith
"Hi Clyde, welcome! "
Apr 13
Stefan left a comment for Clyde Smith
"oClyde, welcome to the star party. Clear skies, Stefan"
Apr 13
 

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Recent Outreach

Our astronomy club had a public outreach at the Springfield, MO Discovery Center on April 12th.  We had 8 telescopes, including a portable radio telescope that our last guest speaker brought,  his…Continue

Started by David Manning in Observing yesterday.

Test night - March 21/22 2014 4 Replies

I recently upgraded my Orion Atlas mount with the extension tube and installed a GSO 2" Linear Bearing Crayford Focuser for Refractors - Dual Speed on the Orion 90mm f/10 and I have been waiting for…Continue

Started by Dan Acker in Telescope Equipment & Accessories. Last reply by Dan Acker Mar 27.

2014 Outreaches

Our Springfield Astronomical Society is beginning our 2014 Outreaches this Friday evening for a 5th grade science class at the Summit Elementary school in Nixa, MO.  On April 12, we will be having an…Continue

Started by David Manning in Observing Mar 25.

Observing Report 3/15 and 3/16/14 (from a desperate observer) 4 Replies

Well, clear skies, a free night with bright moonlight :( . I had to get some photons (desperately). So at 2100 last night I setup the 12 inch in our driveway to observe some of the Clusters in the…Continue

Started by Stefan in Observing. Last reply by Stefan Mar 17.

Zhumell Telescopes 90 Replies

Does anyone own a Zhumell telescope? I have a Z12 Dob. I purchased it back in the summer. It is a really big telescope, especially compared to the little Meade AZ70 refractor I have. I do like the…Continue

Started by Gary Riley in Zhumell Telescopes. Last reply by Gary Riley Mar 16.

Bad Advertizing. 7 Replies

It really troubles me to see ad's like this.…Continue

Started by Dan Acker in Telescope Equipment & Accessories. Last reply by Dan Acker Mar 14.

What's you favorite eyepiece and why? 12 Replies

I thought this would be a fun discussion. My favorite eyepiece is currently my Meade 24mm UWA. This thing is huge, its a 2" format, and its a fantastic combination with the Meade 2" enhanced…Continue

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Started by John Kramer in Telescope Eyepieces. Last reply by Mark Oine Mar 13.

CPC800 4 Replies

I bought this in the spring of 2006 along with a bunch of really nice accessories to go along with it.  Unfortunately, it's still in my basement in the box.  Seriously, what can I expect this summer…Continue

Started by Mark Oine in Observing. Last reply by Richard A Flinn Mar 12.

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