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Star Party Report – Salisbury Reservation

On Tuesday night, June 14th we held a star party at the boat ramp area at Salisbury Reservation for Newburyport Charter’s 7th grade class. Earlier that day they had kayaked down the Merrimack and were camping over night at the park. About 30 students plus some teachers and chaperones were treated to views of the […]

Sky Object of the Month – June 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – June 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 5 – Globular Cluster in Serpens Caput (Magnitude – 6.2, Dimension – 17’) “Beautiful nebula discovered between Libra and Serpens, close to the sixth-magnitude star Flamsteed 5 Serpentis.” Charles Messier (1764) “This superb object is a noble mass, refreshing to the […]

NSAAC Loaner Telescope – 10″ Dob

NSAAC has a Meade DS-10 10″ f4.5 Dob available to loan to club members. Originally an equatorial mount instrument intended for visual and astrophotography use, it is was converted long ago to a Dob. It came in to the club’s possession when club founding member (and local comedian) Bob Seibel passed away. It was worked […]

Mercury Transit, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, May 9, 2016 – Observing Report

Monday, May 9, 2016 started as most mornings have lately with mostly cloudy skies. Of course the weather folks all seemed to say what a glorious day it would be, with a few clouds, and lots of sunshine. Undeterred, I went out on multiple occasions with my Lunt 8X32 SUNoculars to take a look at […]

NEAF Report 2016

NEAF Report, April 9-10, 2016             Photo:  Kevin Hocker Several amateur astronomers from our area made the four-hour trek to Suffern, New York, site of the annual Northeastern Astronomy Forum.  Among them were Kevin Hocker, Dennis Gudzevich, Ron Sampson, Barry Yamtov, Mario Motta, and Jim Koerth. Kevin was drawn to […]

Sanborn School, Andover, May 2016

We had 11 (eleven) scopes available for observing tonight by the 100+ people in attendance. Thanks go to Michael Deneen, Tom Vozzella, John Gall, Bryan Stone, Charlie Hall (2 scopes!), Dave Aucoin, John Hobbs, Fred Sammartino, and John Brucker for helping. Observing started with Jupiter and the moon around 8:30 and moved on to other […]

Sky Object of the Month – May 2016

Sky Object of the Month – May 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M100–Galaxy in Coma Berenices(Magnitude – 9.5, Dimensions – 7 X 6) M100 was discovered, along with M98 and M99, by Pierre Mechain on March 15, 1781 and catalogued by Messier the following month. Though relatively bright in magnitude, M100 is low in surface […]

Sky Object of the Month – April 2016

Sky Object of the Month – April 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 3077– Peculiar Irregular Galaxy in Ursa Major (Magnitude – 9.9, Dimensions – 5.5’ X 4.0’) NGC 3077 is a small member of the M81 Group, visible in the same low power field as M81 and M82. It was discovered by William Herschel […]

Sky Object of the Month – March 2016

Sky Object of the Month – March 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 2392 “Eskimo Nebula” – Planetary Nebula in Gemini (Magnitude – 9.2, Dimensions – 47’ X 43’) NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula is a bright planetary nebula located in Gemini halfway between the stars Kappa () and Lambda () Geminorum and near the […]

Molin Elementary School Star Party

This event was held at the Parker Wildlife Visitor Center on Plum Island in Newburyport.  About 70 fourth grade students and parents attended. Clouds held off until 8PM, and even then the dark skies to the east provided reasonable views for a while longer.  The Orion Nebula and Jupiter were the highlight of the evening; […]

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