The Celestial Observer – September 2013

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From the President

Firstly we extend our best wishes to our friend Jim Bastable for a speedy recovery and hope that he will be able to join us under the stars as soon as possible.

On September 6th, Ryan and Heather Goodson from New Moon Telescopes gave us a presentation on building techniques for large Dobsonians and also shared their experience with the use of these great scopes. On October 4, the legendary Ed Ting will give us an overview of the current retail market of astronomical equipment: “The good, the bad and the ugly”. Please attend these meetings and also the pre meeting dinners at China Blossom on 125 in North Andover at 6pm.

There are upcoming star parties that will be posted on the website. Your participation is always appreciated.

Please email me with questions or comments at

Clear skies,
Bryan Stone

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Eyepiece Review

Hi, eyepiece fans.  Today,  I would like to share with you my opinions of 2 of the eyepieces that I use most frequently in my 8 inch telescope, GoldenEye.  This reviewed has relevance, I believe, because these eye pieces would be appropriate for use in a large number of telescopes from 800-2000 mm in focal length. This would include all of the most commonly used commercial Dobs as well as Schmidt Cassegrains.  As always, I have no affiliation with the manufacturers of any of these products and am presenting my opinion as a consumer. >More.

Movie Review

In July a representative from Start Motion Pictures, a NY based film production company, contacted me to ask if I would be willing to review their most recent production The Europa Report on behalf of NSAAC and share my thoughts on the film with the club.  Two hours prior to receiving their message, I had been wondering with anticipation when this film would be generally available as, I had heard the film portrays a realistic depiction of space travel to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Needless to say I was delighted to receive this request and swiftly grabbed the nearest bag of Doritos and set about watching The Europa Report.  >Read Review.

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