Archive for 'Observation Reports'

Observation Report: November 17, 2012 @ Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Ipswich, MA

                      NSAAC Returns to IRWS Due to the Girl Scout camporee take over of Veasey Park we were forced to find an alternate observing site for Saturday the 17th. Fortunately for us Gary Meehan had extended an invitation for NSAAC to join him in observing […]

Double Star: Albireo

Observation Report: October 26, 2012 @ Veasey Park in Groveland, MA

We had an observing session at Veasey Park on Friday evening October 26 which was fun and successful in spite of an almost full moon. Attending were Ron Sampson, Jim Bastable, Ed Burke and myself. The telescope was GoldenEye (extensively upgraded XT8). We observed Jupiter which showed abundant surface detail and open clusters like the […]

Observation Report: October 5, 2012 @ Veasey Park in Groveland, MA

After our monthly meeting a few of had an impromptu observing session at Veasey. Present were Ron, Fred, Dennis, Rick, Kevin and yours truly. The scope was GoldenEye, the premier outreach instrument of NSAAC. Conditions were a bit hazy but we saw M27, 57,31,32,110,45 as well as double stars like eta and iota Cass(a triple), […]

Observing Report August 22, 2012 Mendel Observatory

20” Ritchey–Chrétien telescope, four day crescent Moon, seeing fairly steady, transparency decent, no sports events on campus. The website showed about forty three hits of people checking if we were open. We had a mixture of return visitors and new folks totaling about twenty people. Fred and Bill were on hand to give me a […]

Observation Report: July 21, 2012 @ Veasey Park in Groveland, MA

We had a beautiful evening for observing this past Saturday at Veasey Park. There were seven telescopes and a few bino’s on hand. Several club members were present, some from as far away as Medford and Watertown. We also had a handful of visitors. Melvin Graham brought his 10” dob with recently cleaned mirrors and […]

Starport Observing Report June 15-16, 2012

Observing Report, June 15 to June 16, 2012. Location Starport, NH. Present were Barrie Sawyer, Kevin Ackert, and the 36-inch DOB AKA Godzilla. Moon not in sky, no clouds, seeing pretty decent and transparency was good. As twilight faded we aligned the scope on Arcturus. Barrie went inside to make coffee and I was head […]

Observation Report: June 16, 2012 @ Veasey Park in Groveland, MA

  Last evening John Hobbs and I were the only two people at Veasey Park and enjoyed some nice views during occasional times of good seeing.  Mars, which was great a few months ago has gotten a lot further away and therefore smaller, so not much surface detail was seen. Saturn, however, put on a […]

Observation Report: June 15, 2012 @ Veasey Park in Groveland, MA

  We had a great turnout and an excellent night for observing at Veasey Park last night. Many of the “regulars” with some newcomers and visitors enjoyed the evening until the dew set in. At least two scopes were we able to operate dew free past midnight. There was a variety of telescopes and binoculars […]

Venus: Thermal Imaging

by John Boudreau. I was essentially clouded out of the Venus transit back on June 5th, only getting about 5 minutes of visual with a pair of filtered binoculars only minutes before sunset. However in the weeks leading up to that event, I was observing and imaging Venus regularly as it was becoming an ever thinning […]

Observation Report: 5 June 2012 – Venus transit of the Sun

Report by Kevin Hocker, Membership Director, NSAAC What is a transit of Venus? When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. When was it? Observers in North America could see Venus transit the Sun on June 5 […]

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