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New members-Welcome

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

Bas-Astro members, News quickie, we have new members and I would like to introduce them to you.

 

Thomas Wade   wade.thomas@...

and

Jeff Allegrezza      jrallegrezza@...

 

They have just joined, so if you see a request for help or a question from one them, please as always give them a helping hand.

 

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society

Clear Skies

 


Re: BAS Storage Unit Up and Going

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

Great job Fred, Mike,

This is something we all have looked forward to, having all our equipment in one place and actually seeing it.

Can’t wait to take the full tour in person. (❁´◡`❁)

Thanks for the pic’s, appreciate the all the work.

 

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Clear Skies

 

From: Fred Rains
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:59 PM
To: BAS
Subject: [bas-astro] BAS Storage Unit Up and Going

 

Mike put together a substantial set of shelves and we are loading them up.

 

I picked up Russell's donations this afternoon and you can see by the pictures that our imaging members have lots of new toys to play with.

 

I'll update an inventory of all the goodies this weekend and get them uploaded to the groups.io site.

 

Thanks,

 

Fred

 

 

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BAS Storage Unit Up and Going

Fred Rains
 

Mike put together a substantial set of shelves and we are loading them up.

I picked up Russell's donations this afternoon and you can see by the pictures that our imaging members have lots of new toys to play with.

I'll update an inventory of all the goodies this weekend and get them uploaded to the groups.io site.

Thanks,

Fred



Re: NGC 1499 California Nebula

Fred Rains
 

Scott,

This is a great image! Do you mind if we post it on the Club Facebook page?

Thanks and Happy New Year,

Fred

On Monday, January 11, 2021, 05:52:31 PM CST, scott pellet <shpellet@...> wrote:


Details are as follows:
Date Images Acquired: November 18, 2020
All sub-frames at 240 seconds, 15 Lum, 10 R, 10 G, 10 B
Scope : 6" Astro-Physics EDFS, normally at f/5, but focal reduced to f/3.75, which is a FL=813 mm
Camera QSI 683 ws-8
Focuser and Field Rotator: WR35 Moonlite Nitecrawler
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO w/ CP3 controller
Guide Scope: Astro-Physics 80mm f/11.25
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI 120 MM-S
Acquisition software: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding software: PHD2
Post-Processed using PixInsight

This object is big.  Even at this short focal length, I could only capture a portion of it.  This is one of only about 3 objects that a Hydrogen Beta filter is helpful for visually observing.  I do not have and HB filter for astro-imaging.  Next time I image it. I will include Hydrogen Alpha filtered data.

From Wikipedia:

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It can be observed with a Hα filter (isolates the Hα line at 656 nm) or Hβ filter (isolates the Hβ line at 486 nm) in a rich-field telescope under dark skies.[1] It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. Its fluorescence is due to excitation of the Hβ line in the nebula by the nearby prodigiously energetic O7 star, Xi Persei 

The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884

 

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Re: NGC 1499 California Nebula

James Moore
 

That is beautiful, Scott! Thanks for sharing. 


Re: NGC 1499 California Nebula

Bob Sieber
 

Scott, thanks for sharing.  Excellent work.  Glad you are having fun.

All the best,

 

Bob

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: scott pellet
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 5:52 PM
Subject: [bas-astro] NGC 1499 California Nebula

 

Details are as follows:
Date Images Acquired: November 18, 2020
All sub-frames at 240 seconds, 15 Lum, 10 R, 10 G, 10 B
Scope : 6" Astro-Physics EDFS, normally at f/5, but focal reduced to f/3.75, which is a FL=813 mm
Camera QSI 683 ws-8
Focuser and Field Rotator: WR35 Moonlite Nitecrawler
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO w/ CP3 controller
Guide Scope: Astro-Physics 80mm f/11.25
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI 120 MM-S
Acquisition software: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding software: PHD2
Post-Processed using PixInsight

This object is big.  Even at this short focal length, I could only capture a portion of it.  This is one of only about 3 objects that a Hydrogen Beta filter is helpful for visually observing.  I do not have and HB filter for astro-imaging.  Next time I image it. I will include Hydrogen Alpha filtered data.

From Wikipedia:

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It can be observed with a Hα filter (isolates the Hα line at 656 nm) or Hβ filter (isolates the Hβ line at 486 nm) in a rich-field telescope under dark skies.[1] It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. Its fluorescence is due to excitation of the Hβ line in the nebula by the nearby prodigiously energetic O7 star, Xi Persei 

The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884

 

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Re: NGC 1499 California Nebula

Robert Pitt
 

Beautiful Scott!

 

From: main@bas-astro.groups.io <main@bas-astro.groups.io> On Behalf Of scott pellet
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 5:52 PM
To: main@bas-astro.groups.io
Subject: [bas-astro] NGC 1499 California Nebula

 

Details are as follows:
Date Images Acquired: November 18, 2020
All sub-frames at 240 seconds, 15 Lum, 10 R, 10 G, 10 B
Scope : 6" Astro-Physics EDFS, normally at f/5, but focal reduced to f/3.75, which is a FL=813 mm
Camera QSI 683 ws-8
Focuser and Field Rotator: WR35 Moonlite Nitecrawler
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO w/ CP3 controller
Guide Scope: Astro-Physics 80mm f/11.25
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI 120 MM-S
Acquisition software: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding software: PHD2
Post-Processed using PixInsight

This object is big.  Even at this short focal length, I could only capture a portion of it.  This is one of only about 3 objects that a Hydrogen Beta filter is helpful for visually observing.  I do not have and HB filter for astro-imaging.  Next time I image it. I will include Hydrogen Alpha filtered data.

From Wikipedia:

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It can be observed with a Hα filter (isolates the Hα line at 656 nm) or Hβ filter (isolates the Hβ line at 486 nm) in a rich-field telescope under dark skies.[1] It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. Its fluorescence is due to excitation of the Hβ line in the nebula by the nearby prodigiously energetic O7 star, Xi Persei 

The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884

 

Attachments:


NGC 1499 California Nebula

scott pellet
 

Details are as follows:
Date Images Acquired: November 18, 2020
All sub-frames at 240 seconds, 15 Lum, 10 R, 10 G, 10 B
Scope : 6" Astro-Physics EDFS, normally at f/5, but focal reduced to f/3.75, which is a FL=813 mm
Camera QSI 683 ws-8
Focuser and Field Rotator: WR35 Moonlite Nitecrawler
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO w/ CP3 controller
Guide Scope: Astro-Physics 80mm f/11.25
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI 120 MM-S
Acquisition software: Sequence Generator Pro
Guiding software: PHD2
Post-Processed using PixInsight

This object is big.  Even at this short focal length, I could only capture a portion of it.  This is one of only about 3 objects that a Hydrogen Beta filter is helpful for visually observing.  I do not have and HB filter for astro-imaging.  Next time I image it. I will include Hydrogen Alpha filtered data.

From Wikipedia:

The California Nebula (NGC 1499) is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus. It is so named because it appears to resemble the outline of the US State of California on long exposure photographs. It is almost 2.5° long on the sky and, because of its very low surface brightness, it is extremely difficult to observe visually. It can be observed with a Hα filter (isolates the Hα line at 656 nm) or Hβ filter (isolates the Hβ line at 486 nm) in a rich-field telescope under dark skies.[1] It lies at a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth. Its fluorescence is due to excitation of the Hβ line in the nebula by the nearby prodigiously energetic O7 star, Xi Persei 

The California Nebula was discovered by E. E. Barnard in 1884

 


Re: Helpful hints: Dues

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

Yes automatic renewals for PayPal is fine, this was mostly for new members and to help some that hadn’t signed up for PayPal 
Thanks Y’all 


On Jan 4, 2021, at 16:45, Mark Copper <mlcopper@...> wrote:

This form should work also:
   https://www.bas-astro.com/dues_bas/dues.php

I think if you're signed up for automatic renewal you don't need to do anything.


Re: Helpful hints: Dues

Mark Copper
 

This form should work also:
   https://www.bas-astro.com/dues_bas/dues.php

I think if you're signed up for automatic renewal you don't need to do anything.


Re: Helpful hints: Dues

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

Got it thanks
Rick


On Jan 4, 2021, at 14:49, John via groups.io <jmaxmill@...> wrote:


Rick,

Mine has been coming out automatically every year.  Should it still work that way?

John


On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:13 PM, Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
<hrtyra@...> wrote:

I would like to take this time to say Happy New Year to all our members.

For those of you that my not be sure on how to get your membership dues to us. Here isa couple of ways:

PayPal

Here's how to make a payment:

 

1.   Log in to your PayPal account.

2.   Click Send Money.

3.   Enter the recipient's email address and the amount you want to pay.     payments@...

4.   Make your selection accordingly, then choose the reason for the payment.     Items and Services

5.  Click Continue.

6.  Review the amount, the payment method, and shipping address.   SUBMIT

 

OR

 

Check Payable to Bas-Astro Society

mail to:

Birmingham Astronomical Society

c/o Howard Ricky Tyra

20 Dundee Drive

Oneonta, Al 35121

 

Memberships: Individual $25.00, Family $30.00 , Students- Free must submit membership form with  school  grade or edu level.

 

If you don’t know or not sure when your dues are, just send me a email,   hrtyra@...

We would like to thank all members that have made donations of equipment to the Bas-Astro Society. We very much appreciate the donations and will use the equipment to further our continuing Education and Outreach programs.

Lastly a quick reminder that the dues we receive go to support the programs just mentioned and also our equipment and  facility at Chandler Mnt.

 

Thanks again to all our members and their continued support.

Looking forward to a good year of Clear Skies.

 

Sincerely,

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Clear Skies

 


Re: Helpful hints: Dues

John
 

Rick,

Mine has been coming out automatically every year.  Should it still work that way?

John


On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:13 PM, Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
<hrtyra@...> wrote:

I would like to take this time to say Happy New Year to all our members.

For those of you that my not be sure on how to get your membership dues to us. Here isa couple of ways:

PayPal

Here's how to make a payment:

 

1.   Log in to your PayPal account.

2.   Click Send Money.

3.   Enter the recipient's email address and the amount you want to pay.     payments@...

4.   Make your selection accordingly, then choose the reason for the payment.     Items and Services

5.  Click Continue.

6.  Review the amount, the payment method, and shipping address.   SUBMIT

 

OR

 

Check Payable to Bas-Astro Society

mail to:

Birmingham Astronomical Society

c/o Howard Ricky Tyra

20 Dundee Drive

Oneonta, Al 35121

 

Memberships: Individual $25.00, Family $30.00 , Students- Free must submit membership form with  school  grade or edu level.

 

If you don’t know or not sure when your dues are, just send me a email,   hrtyra@...

We would like to thank all members that have made donations of equipment to the Bas-Astro Society. We very much appreciate the donations and will use the equipment to further our continuing Education and Outreach programs.

Lastly a quick reminder that the dues we receive go to support the programs just mentioned and also our equipment and  facility at Chandler Mnt.

 

Thanks again to all our members and their continued support.

Looking forward to a good year of Clear Skies.

 

Sincerely,

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Clear Skies

 


Re: Helpful hints: Dues

Martin
 

I just sent the payment
Thanks


Martin Rodriguez


From: main@bas-astro.groups.io <main@bas-astro.groups.io> on behalf of Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare) <hrtyra@...>
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 7:13 PM
To: main@bas-astro.groups.io <main@bas-astro.groups.io>
Subject: [bas-astro] Helpful hints: Dues
 

I would like to take this time to say Happy New Year to all our members.

For those of you that my not be sure on how to get your membership dues to us. Here isa couple of ways:

PayPal

Here's how to make a payment:

 

1.   Log in to your PayPal account.

2.   Click Send Money.

3.   Enter the recipient's email address and the amount you want to pay.     payments@...

4.   Make your selection accordingly, then choose the reason for the payment.     Items and Services

5.  Click Continue.

6.  Review the amount, the payment method, and shipping address.   SUBMIT

 

OR

 

Check Payable to Bas-Astro Society

mail to:

Birmingham Astronomical Society

c/o Howard Ricky Tyra

20 Dundee Drive

Oneonta, Al 35121

 

Memberships: Individual $25.00, Family $30.00 , Students- Free must submit membership form with  school  grade or edu level.

 

If you don’t know or not sure when your dues are, just send me a email,   hrtyra@...

We would like to thank all members that have made donations of equipment to the Bas-Astro Society. We very much appreciate the donations and will use the equipment to further our continuing Education and Outreach programs.

Lastly a quick reminder that the dues we receive go to support the programs just mentioned and also our equipment and  facility at Chandler Mnt.

 

Thanks again to all our members and their continued support.

Looking forward to a good year of Clear Skies.

 

Sincerely,

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Clear Skies

 


Helpful hints: Dues

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

I would like to take this time to say Happy New Year to all our members.

For those of you that my not be sure on how to get your membership dues to us. Here isa couple of ways:

PayPal

Here's how to make a payment:

 

1.   Log in to your PayPal account.

2.   Click Send Money.

3.   Enter the recipient's email address and the amount you want to pay.     payments@...

4.   Make your selection accordingly, then choose the reason for the payment.     Items and Services

5.  Click Continue.

6.  Review the amount, the payment method, and shipping address.   SUBMIT

 

OR

 

Check Payable to Bas-Astro Society

mail to:

Birmingham Astronomical Society

c/o Howard Ricky Tyra

20 Dundee Drive

Oneonta, Al 35121

 

Memberships: Individual $25.00, Family $30.00 , Students- Free must submit membership form with  school  grade or edu level.

 

If you don’t know or not sure when your dues are, just send me a email,   hrtyra@...

We would like to thank all members that have made donations of equipment to the Bas-Astro Society. We very much appreciate the donations and will use the equipment to further our continuing Education and Outreach programs.

Lastly a quick reminder that the dues we receive go to support the programs just mentioned and also our equipment and  facility at Chandler Mnt.

 

Thanks again to all our members and their continued support.

Looking forward to a good year of Clear Skies.

 

Sincerely,

Rick

 

Howard Ricky Tyra
Treasurer, ALCOR Coordinator
Birmingham Astronomical Society
Clear Skies

 


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Sterling DeRamus
 

It’s certainly plausible that we could detect biosignatures coming from certain exoplanets, given a very large space based interferometer.  I know NASA has considered such ideas, but I suspect that they would like to narrow down the candidates from Kepler first.  It’s an expensive idea.  


On Dec 29, 2020, at 3:24 PM, Mark Copper <mlcopper@...> wrote:

While I don't expect a call back from ET, I'm excited about a future in which we might detect signs of life elsewhere in the universe. We might need a broader definition of life, like Richard Dawkins' proposal of heredity, and we might need bigger light gatherers so to collect enough photons from exoplanets. But inferring from our own example where life is billions of years old, it presents a bigger target.


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Mark Copper
 

While I don't expect a call back from ET, I'm excited about a future in which we might detect signs of life elsewhere in the universe. We might need a broader definition of life, like Richard Dawkins' proposal of heredity, and we might need bigger light gatherers so to collect enough photons from exoplanets. But inferring from our own example where life is billions of years old, it presents a bigger target.


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Tyra, Howard R (GE Healthcare)
 

Don ur so right and we have sad proof on that fact. 


On Dec 29, 2020, at 09:48, Don Waters <donwaters201@...> wrote:

Steven Hawking was correct when he opined that he hoped that the earth would not be discovered by an advanced civilization. The history of advanced civilizations encountering a more primitive civilization has not been good for the latter.
Don Waters


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Don Waters
 

Steven Hawking was correct when he opined that he hoped that the earth would not be discovered by an advanced civilization. The history of advanced civilizations encountering a more primitive civilization has not been good for the latter.
Don Waters


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Fred Rains
 

Mark,

I love the article. It led me to a great quote:

astronomer and SETI co-founder Jill Tarter eloquently put it in an interview with National Geographic in 2000: “The Drake Equation is a wonderful way to organize our ignorance.”

They also reference a "Pessimism Line" .when discussing how changes in the variables affect the outcome. I think that's a great concept although an "Optimism Line" would have worked just as well. :-)

One of the many assumption variations that was kind of scary was one that an advanced civilization would not last longer than 300 years without killing itself off. This is the one that resulted in a super low likelihood of contact... kind of what we've actually observed. :-)

Thanks for the article!

Let's all have a better year in 2021! 


Fred






On Thursday, December 24, 2020, 04:04:58 PM CST, Mark Copper <mlcopper@...> wrote:


Updated Drake equation!
   https://phys.org/news/2020-12-likelihood-extraterrestrial-civilizations.html
Inclusive of rats on an island!


Re: Strange signal coming from Proxima Centauri

Mark Copper
 

Updated Drake equation!
   https://phys.org/news/2020-12-likelihood-extraterrestrial-civilizations.html
Inclusive of rats on an island!

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