Mark Gibson

Back in the day

On a recent zoom meeting someone mentioned how fortunate we are to have an active astronomy club.  I was a member back when I first moved to North Carolina in 1983 and like they say life happened and dropped out in 1990  but it never really left my thoughts. I rejoined a couple of years ago.  I wanted to put a little of our history on the website and here is my first contribution.  Thanks to Mark Lang for keeping…

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Astronomy Meets Amateur Radio

The photo in the article shows girl scouts using the Itty Bitty Radio Telescope provided to  the Raleigh Astronomy Club by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank West Virginia.  The girls were listening for signals giving off by satellites.  At the time of this event the skies were cloudy and the optical telescopes had to be put away but signals were still being  received by the radio telescope.  On a recent zoom meeting as the speaker was getting…

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Club Elections

Club Elections. As per the minutes RAC Meeting Minutes 8 May 2020 the election for Club Officers will be conducted online. Nominations are open now and will remain open until June 5. If you wish to nominate someone, please contact an officier by email. Remember that to be eligible to serve, you must be a member in good standing for at least 1 year, and you must be at least 18 years old.

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vRACOBS – Success!

All, I want to thank everyone who joined RAC’s 1st virtual observing session last night (4/24/2020). We had a maximum of 28 connections for the session. Which is about what we have for a well attended RACOBS.   Clouds hampered us initially but Steve Goodman and Rob Orr stepped in by presenting their photo accomplishments while Matt, Mike, and I could acquire objects and alignment.  We got some decent images of M44 (Bee Hive), M3, NGC 5907 (Knife edge Galaxy),…

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Brian McVeigh

Above Coma ClusterL 21x150s and 37x180s R 5x600sG 9x300sB 6x200sI shot the coma cluster last night from around 9:30p till 3:20a got 4.5hrs, then I had SGP capture M8 until the sun came up.  Got about 1.5hrs on it making it my first nebula for 2020.  Thankfully I have my rig automated so I was asleep by midnight.  I’m going to try and add more data the coma cluster and get some ha on m8 tonight/tomorrow am.below imageM8R 3x600sG 6x300sB…

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Gerry DiNunzio

Three Planets and the Milky-way Here’s my capture of the planets and milky-way from my backyard in Tyner NC on 4/19 at 0421.   Equipment, Canon EOS 6D Mark II full spectrum modification. With a Samyang lens, 14mm @f2.8. Exposed for 8 seconds at 1250 ISO. 

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April 2020 Officer Nominations are Open

As per the RAC Meeting Minutes 10 Apr 2020  Nominations are open for Club Officers.  Club Elections. Nominations are open for Club Officers. The election may be conducted online if we are still meeting online in June. The current open positions and nominees are: Co-chair person (need 3): Steve Blake, Mike Keefe, Ann Murphy Secretary: Phyllis Lang  Treasurer: Steve Izzo If you would like to nominate someone for an office, please contact one of the current officers or post your…

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