ATM Boot Camp

Posted: March 1, 2010

    Let’s build a large Lightweight Dobsonion Telescope   Part 1 of 4      by Lonnie Robinson      LonRobie@surewest.net   INTRODUCTION  John Dobson really started something with his Dobsonian “DOB” telescope design.  He enabled the average Amateur Telescope Maker “ATM” to create a very large and very stable telescope with common workshop tools.  Since then DOB’s [...]

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Deadly Planets

Posted: March 1, 2010

  By Patrick L. Barry and Dr. Tony Phillips        About 900 light years from here is a rocky planet not much bigger than Earth. It goes around its star once every hundred days, a trifle fast, but not too different from a standard Earth-year. At least two and possibly three other planets circle the [...]

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The Discovery and Rediscovery of Comet Macholz (C2010 F4)

Posted: March 1, 2010

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of the author from his website www.thecomethunter.com Please visit Don’s website for updates. To see this article with photos, view the Classic Observer or visit Don’s website. (Don made his 11th comet discovery Tuesday, March 23. For those who don’t know, SVAS member Don Macholz is America’s premiere [...]

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Meridian: Beehive Cluster

Posted: March 1, 2010

Forrest Lockhart In the first Meridian article last month, I described the observing plan and the scopes to be used for ferreting out interesting objects appearing at or near the meridian that month. There was only one E-mail response to my request for celestial targets for April, but it turned out to be a good [...]

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Bino Voyage!

Posted: March 1, 2010

“Urban Astronomy”: A Great Night for DSOs Margo Schulter ["Urban Astronomy" is my project to encourage the observing of Deep Sky Objects (DSO's) in urban or suburban settings, with a due acknowledgment that these objects will, of course, be yet more impressive in darker skies. Questions or comments by e-mail are warmly invited.] Saturday night [...]

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