Matt Lochansky

Renewing Your Membership

Renewing your membership is easier than ever before! 1. Log into your account using your account email and password. If you forgot your password, click here 2. Scroll down the members page and find the “Renew, Upgrade, or Update Billing” button, See Fig-1. If you are an individual member, it will say “Individual Member” If you are a Family Member, it will say “Family Member” If you are the second member in a family membership, it will say Family Member…

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Resetting Your Password

Your old username and password will not work with the new website (Dec 2018). To reset or recover your password: 1. Click the “members” link along the menu bar. 2. Click the button to “Request Password” 3. The screen will change and request your email address. Use your account email address (the primary address you used when you signed up) If you are not sure about your email account, you will need to contact the treasurer or webmaster 4. A…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 26 Oct 2018

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 28 members, 4 guests attended. Speaker RAC member Doug Lively presented “Glorious Globulars”, an overview of globular clusters. He included the history of their discovery, current understanding of their distribution and cosmology,  how charts indicate them and some favorite Messier globulars. Business Upcoming speakers for 4th quarter include: November 30: Dr. Katie Mack of NCSU, topic to be announced December 14: RAC holiday social and swap meet. Venue will…

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October 26 Indoor Meeting: Glorious Globulars

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: October 26, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Talk Title : “Glorious Globulars” Speaker : Doug Lively Doug will give an intro to globular star clusters RAC Business: After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business. We will then adjourn for dinner at a Sammy’s Tap and Grill on Avent Ferry Rd.

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OCTOBER IMAGING MEETING: ASTRO PIXEL PROCESSOR

Our next imaging meeting will be Thursday the 18th at 7:30pm and we will be returning to our new location, Manchester’s Grill. It is located at 9101 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613 and we will be using the same meeting room in the restaurant. For this month’s topic, member Rowland Archer will talk about his experiences using the Astro Pixel Processor Software in his imaging workflow. As usual, bring by your astrophotos to share.

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 28 Sep 2018

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 33 members, 4 guests attended. Speaker RAC member Doug Lively presented “Deadly Stars: The Top Ten Ways the Stars can Kill, Maim or Really Really Hurt You”, a professional risk analysis of the various cosmic dangers that may affect Earth. Extrasolar threats were discussed as well as solar ones. There were lots of questions and answers during the presentation. Business Upcoming speakers for 4th quarter include: October 26: speaker…

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September 28 Indoor Meeting: Deadly Stars

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: September 28, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Talk Title : “Deadly Stars: The Top Ten Ways the Stars can kill, maim or really really hurt you” Speaker : Doug Lively   RAC Business: After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business. We will then adjourn for dinner at a Sammy’s Tap and Grill on Avent Ferry Rd.

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September Imaging Meeting *NEW LOCATION*

Our next imaging meeting will be Thursday the 20th at 7pm and we will be trying out a new location called Manchester’s Grill. It is located at 9101 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613. There is a separate meeting room in the restaurant that we can use and have our projector and screen setup. As usual, bring by your astrophotos to share.

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 24 Aug 2018

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 30 members, 2 guests attended. This meeting had two short topics. “Grazing Occultation of the Moon” by RAC member Mark Lang. Mark discussed the team of RAC members that he organized to view the July 2 occultation of Delta Capricorni by the moon. Some members attempted to image the event which was made difficult by the bright gibbous moon. RAC member Mike Keefe shared some of his video results…

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August 24 Indoor Meeting: Grazing Occultation of the Moon and Telescopes Part I: Reflectors

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: August 24, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm August 24 Indoor Meeting: Grazing Occultation of the Moon & Telescopes Part I – Reflectors Talk Title : “Grazing Occultation of the Moon” Speaker : Mark Lang Description: The August indoor meeting talk will be a short recap of the successful July 2 grazing occultation of the star Delta Capricorni by the moon observed from the Cary Crossroads shopping center. Mark will give an overview of the planning, execution, and…

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August 2018 Imaging Meeting: Do-It-Yourself

Join us this Thursday, August 16 for our monthly imaging meeting in the back hallway of the Raleigh Brickhouse Restaurant.  The topic will be about Do-It-Yourself projects.  Members are encouraged to bring in their creations to share with the rest of the group.  As always, we will have the usual presentation of images since the last meeting.

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 27 Jul 2018

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 27 member, 5 guests attended Speaker: Shannon Morgan, RAC member and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Shannon gave an excellent talk entitled “Mars! Dust Storms, Opposition and Observing”. She explained the history and future of Mars oppositions, the dust storm that is affecting the planet during the present opposition, and some pointers the help observe Mars. Business Treasurer Steve Izzo gave a treasury report: $527.19 in business checking $12,521.39 in…

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July 27 Indoor Meeting: Mars! Dust Storms, Opposition, and Observing

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: May 18, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Talk Title : “Mars! Dust Storms, Opposition, and Observing” Speaker : Shannon Morgan Description: Shannon Morgan, who is a Solar System Ambassador, will talk about Mars. This talk encompasses three sections on Mars and its opposition. The first part will be a brief discussion of the current historic dust event and what that means for the rovers. The second part will be about the upcoming opposition and why 2018…

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July Imaging Meeting: Image Acquisition

Join us for our July Imaging Meeting. Member Michael Fulbright will be giving a presentation on his workflow of he sets up his telescope and cameras for a night of imaging. We’ll be meeting in the hallway behind the Brickhouse Restaurant on Hillsborough Street at 7pm. As always, bring your new images by to share.

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Successful Lunar Graze on July 2

On Sunday night / Monday morning, several members of RAC met at the Crossroads shopping center to observe a grazing lunar occultation of the star Delta Capricorni. Rarely do we observe in a location bright enough for a photo, but this graze was observed under lots of light as you can see below. Mark L coordinated the event for us and devised a well-prepared plan. We had 4 observing stations spread across the shopping area. This was necessary to produce…

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