After a brief business meeting, we had an inspiring observing session at Veasey, enhanced by a number of awesome shooting stars spanning over a quarter of the sky and lasting up to several seconds. Joining me were Fred Sammartino, Kevin Hocker, Jim and Peggy Utterback, Ted Blank, Dennis (Bubbles) Gudzevich, Richard Collins, Erik Nugent, Ray […]
I was recently afforded the opportunity to see The Europa Report in advance of its theatrical release on August 9th. The movie tells the story of a manned space expedition to Jupiter’s ice covered moon Europa, and the exploration of the ocean beneath its ice in the search for life beyond Earth. The Europa […]
A book review by Dick Luecke British author Richard Holmes won laurels for his biographies of the Romantic poets. In Age of Wonder he extends his talents to Europe’s second great epoch of scientific discovery—a period roughly from the late 1760s through the 1820s. Holmes describes this fruitful era of science through the lives of […]
EconoDobs Asian Dobs, aka ”EconoDobs” include Synta (Orion, Skywatcherm Buschnell, from China and GSO (Zhumell, Apetura, AstroTech, Lightbridge, DBA and X-Class, from Taiwan How they do out of the box: Usually pretty good optics but hit or miss Low price and good value, bang for the buck Included eyepieces, crayford focusers and finder scopes are OK but not […]
by Donald E. Pensack Collimation is the alignment of the optical parts of a telescope. Though lining up the secondary under the focuser is essential for uniform illumination of the field of view, there are only two critical alignments in Newtonian collimation: the Focuser Axis (aligned by adjusting the secondary mirror), and the Primary Axis […]
By Kandy Rathinasamy I got started with astronomy about a year ago, so I’m a relative newbie. Here are some tips that I hope will help you get started. You don’t need a telescope You don’t need a telescope to get started. There’s a lot to see with the naked eye. Learn about the constellations […]
The eyepiece takes the image produced by the objective and magnifies it and projects it at infinity into your eye.
This time-lapse image was captured in the parking lot one pleasant summer evening. The stars appear to move around a central point, when it is actually the earth that is moving.
The Veil Nebula in Cygnus is my favorite summertime deep sky object. I first observed it with an 8scope many years ago. It is most likely a supernova remnant of a star that exploded 30 to 40 thousand years ago, although remains of the progenitor have never been identified. The Veil consists of three sections spanning about 2.6 degrees.
About the club
The NSAAC is an association of amateur astronomers who meet and observe from a local site on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Our members share in the beauty of the night sky and the belief that observing should be enjoyable.