ASTRONOMY CLUB OF TULSA
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States Region Convention of the Astronomical League
20/21 June 2003
University of Tulsa
June is shaping up to be a busy and important month for the Astronomy Club of Tulsa. On Friday, June 20th the MSRAL (Mid States Region of the Astronomical League) 2003 Convention gets underway right here in Tulsa with our club playing host. Most activities will take place at the University of Tulsa and will include, presentations by three Astronomy Professionals. Our keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet will be Dr. William Romanishin, Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Romanishin studies Kuiper Belt Objects located at the fringes of the solar system. Dr. Clay Sherrod founder of the Arkansas Sky Observatory will be sharing observation techniques for Mars during it's upcoming close opposition. Dr. David Lien, Visiting Professor of Astronomy at Oklahoma State University will be presenting his research on computer modeling of Comet Tails. There will be other presentations from Astronomical League members including our own club member Ian Zedalis. Besides such an outstanding lineup of speakers, there will be vendors present with exciting products and show specials. A convention T-shirt designed by K. C. Lobrecht can be pre-ordered and drawings for door prizes including several telescopes will take place throughout the convention. Chairman John Land and Vice Chairman Aaron Coyner have done an outstanding job preparing our convention and you can get a registration and receive complete information at the Convention web site: http://www.astrotulsa.com/msral2003/2003MSRAL.htm. I've attended about 10 Astronomical League conventions and can tell you that the speaker lineup is as good as the lineups at the National Convention. A bonus in attending will be meeting other Amateur Astronomers from nearby states and learning about their equipment and activities, making the convention a complete learning experience. Let's have a big turnout from Astronomy Club of Tulsa members and with time running out please go to the excellent web site shown above.
We will be having the June Club Star Party on Friday, June 27th with the rain date (or cloudy weather date) of Saturday, June 28th. Summer Star Parties have become very popular so you will want to arrive before dark to secure a parking place to set up and observe. The May 30th Star Party resulted in a packed field with latecomers having to park at the AT&T building next door.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tentatively scheduled dates below are bracketed with question marks. The number of persons expected is in parenthesis.
EVENTS AT RMCC OBSERVATORY
07 Sat 02:00 RMCC Cleanup and Repair
25 Fri 07:45 Club
08 Fri 07:45 Tulsa
Bicycle Club (30)
EVENTS AWAY FROM OBSERVATORY
20 Fri & Sat MRSAL Convention at TU
? 05 Fri 07:00 Public Star Party (200-500) at location to be determined
? 02 Wed 07:00 Back Up for 09/30 ?
DAVID'S ASTRO CORNER
We are just a few days away from the Mid States Regional Astronomical League Convention June 20-22. I hope everyone plans to attend as we have some of the best speakers around lecturing on all aspects of the astronomical field. During the convention there will be two nights of observing at the clubs observatory. I have put together a MSRAL Convention Observing List that I think will be fun for everyone attending. We might even put together a certificate for those that achieve observing all objects on the list. I tried putting together a list that will be different from other observing lists, but achievable and interesting. So here goes. I will also have the list at the convention. Rules for observing and logging each are included by each. There are 25, which I felt were adequate and challenging for two nights of observing, as we don't want to stay up to late and miss the next day's speakers. I will give you hints where each or but you will have to do some research on your own. No GO-TO's or GPS Guiding systems are allowed, just your viewfinders, star hopping, circles, and charts.
1. IC 4756 and NGC 6633 - This is the double star cluster of Serpens-Ophiuchus.
2. NGC 5139 - Omega Centauri Globular Cluster
3. Center of the Milky Way Galaxy
4. M22- Beautiful Globular Cluster Rivals M13
5. Scorpius Jewel Box - Several overlapping star clusters, NGC 6231, Stars Zeta Scorpius 1 and 2.
6. Nu Scorpius - Double Double of Scorpius. Must split each double.
7. Galactic Dark Horse - Dark nebula between Sagittarius and Scorpius.
8. NGC 6960 and 6992 - Veil nebula in Cygnus
9. NGC 6826 - Blinking Planetary Nebula in Cygnus
10. Comets - This is a tough one. You have to find and observe at least one comet - 116P/Wild 4 is in Libra, K4 Linear is in Cygnus and there are others that I will list, but all are dim. No fair getting help from our speakers Dr. Clay Sherrod and Dr. Lien.
11. Satellites - ISS or HST or any other satellite, but must identify. Will have a list of pass for both nights at the convention.
12. Coathanger Star Cluster
13. Meteors - Must see at least one and identify or at least give constellation location it seemed to come from.
14. Duo Object M13/NGC 6207 - Awesome star Cluster with nearby galaxy. Must see both
15. IZAR Epsilon Bootes - Beautiful Double star of orange and blue.
16. NGC 6210 - Blue Green Planetary Nebula in Hercules
17. NGC 2903 - Galaxy in Leo, west of the sickle.
18. M11 - Wild Duck Cluster.
19. NGC 4565 - Edge on Spiral Galaxy in Coma Bernices
20. Gamma Delphinius - Golden White double star, and in same view Struve 2725 a dim double- Must see both doubles.
21. Planets - Must see at least 3 and log appearance, any moons, belts, dust, etc.
22. NGC 6543 - Planetary in Draco
23. UX Draconis - Carbon star and one of the reddest stars in the sky
24. Kembles Cascade - A chain of stars that cascade down in a straight line to a small cluster near Cassiopeia.
25. Rho Cassiopeiae - Hypergiant yellow white star ready to go Super Nova anytime. Estimate Mg. Hint: look at Julys Sky and Telescope for location.
Rules are, locate the object, write down your observation, time you observed it, and at least one witness that you showed the object to. After each night we will see how everyone did and present MSRAL Observing Certificates at the meeting. It will be fun and a chance to see some different deep sky objects you probably haven't taken the time to look for.
That's it from my astro corner this month. Hope to see everyone at the MSRAL Convention.
(At the May ACT meeting Wayne presented his observing list. Good luck)
All of these should be logged the standard information; one more point: Wayne wanted information on how you went about finding it. All of the objects are brighter or at 13 magnitude.
ASTRONOMICAL VOCABULARY TEST
By Wayne Wyrick
Select the letter of the correct astronomical entity next to the number of its identifying description.
(Answers will be in next months newsletter)
Telescope for sale
I would like to sell my Meade 10" LX 50 with Supper wedge and field tripod excellent condition. Asking price is $1500.00 or make offer. Contact Gary Buckmaster @ 918 486 6722.
By John Land
Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21
Our Astronomy Club of Tulsa is hosting the MidStates Regional Astronomical League Convention this year at TU. The sessions will be held upstairs in the Allen Chapman Activity Center just west of our regular meeting building.
Turn West off Harvard on 5th place and follow the YELLOW SIGNS to the south parking lot.
Friday registration check in runs from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM and starts again at 7:45 AM Sat
A schedule of events is attached below. A registration page and convention information is available at http://www.astrotulsa.com/msral2003/2003MSRAL.htm
NOTE: Do NOT MAIL in the registration page! Notify us by email or phone ASAP and bring your money and a printed page to the convention. < John Land e-mail >
VENDORS of Telescopes and Astronomical accessories will be present so you may want to bring extra spending money for "new toys" ( Wives - You may want to hide the credit cards. )
QUESTION ? Can I just drop in to see what's going on without paying?
ANSWER: ALL persons attending must pay a registration fee. Our club has been planning for this event for two years and it has been in your newsletters since February. There is a considerable amount of expense related to renting space at TU, meals, printing, publicity, mailings and contacting guest speakers and vendors. We have an excellent set of speakers and the cost is not out of line with other conventions. At the door registration is Adult $45 and Student Rate is $35. You may bring a family guest with you for the $7.50 guest rate but not load up a car load of friends at guest rate. Children may attend with a parent at the $7.50 rate and children under 7 are free.
You may attend the Saturday Keynote Speaker Banquet separately for a fee of $ 18 which includes the $12 meal and evening registration. NOTE: YOU MUST CONTACT JOHN LAND directly by Tuesday night June 17 if you chose this option. < John Land e-mail > The meals are catered and we must turn in firm numbers in advance.
QUESTION ? Can I attend the convention Star Parties and not register?
ANSWER: The Star Parties on Friday and Saturday night are primarily to show off our observatory to our convention guests. We expect a large group and parking will be limited. Our Regular Free NEW MOON - CLUB STAR PARTY is Friday June 27 which is open to all members and their guests and members of the public. As a Tulsa Astronomy Club member you are not excluded from the convention star parties but we ask you to NOT bring non-member guests. Invite them to the June 27 session. A donation to the observatory upkeep would be appreciated for all the efforts put into cleaning up the place for this special event.
PARKING at the Convention Star Parties is limited. If you DO NOT HAVE a TELESCOPE and EQUIPMENT to set up PLEASE PARK in the AT&T LOT next door and walk over.
http://www.astrotulsa.com/msral2003/2003MSRAL.htm You can also reach the MSRAL web page from our club page.
Volunteers needed: Well over 300 man hours have already gone into having a successful convention but the real work starts when our guest begin to arrive. Call or email John Land < John Land e-mail > Phone
Schedule of Events
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Astronomy Club of Tulsa, 918.688.MARS
President: Dennis Mishler
Vice President: Craig Davis
Treasurer: Nick Pottorf
Assistant Treasurer: John Land
Secretary: Jim Miller
RMCC Observatory Manager: Gerry Andries
Observing Chairman: David Stine
Web Master: Tom McDonough
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