General Interest

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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Stellar Spectroscopy

Matt Lochansky will present a talk on Stellar Spectroscopy for this month’s RAC virtual Meeting. Abstract: Without the ability to visit distant worlds, we let the far-away light come to us. By separating this starlight into wavelengths, we can learn and about the speed, temperature, and composition of celestial objects and begin to understand the similarities and differences between them. Low resolution measurements can be taken with the same equipment required for for video astronomy with the addition of a…

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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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Joe Pedit

  Below are three images (Nikon D5500, 10-20mm zoom, tabletop tripod) from my early morning walk around Pittsboro.  To the left of the moon In the 1st and 2nd images are the planets Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. To the right are the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius.Joe     Wind Damage I attempted to image the Lyrid meteors from the dam at Jordan Lake yesterday.  Only two frames out of several hundred captured any meteors.  Unfortunately, a strong wind gust occurred…

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April 16, 2020 Imaging Meeting

April’s  Zoom Imaging meeting was a great success. The topic was Astrophotography A Begginers Story by Andy Grant.  Andy gave a rundown of his trials, tribulations, successes, and victories since he started in the hobby.  According to Chris Cole we had 27 people  attending.  Here is the video to the meeting!

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Why Are RAC Events Cancelled Starting in April 2020

In the interest of keeping a history of the club, I thought a word about why events starting in April 2020 were cancelled by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization declared   “We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. “ On March 27, 2020, The Governor of North Carolina issued an Executive Order for all residents to Stay at Home.  It was at this time the co-chairs…

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RAC’s First Virtual Meeting

It took us over 30 years to accomplish this but the RAC had it’s first virtual meeting.  The topic was Saturn V: The Rocket That Took Us To The Moon. I think it is fitting since it has been 50 years since the Apollo first went to the moon.  It was out of necessity that the RAC had to have a virtual meeting.  Due to the restrictions that the Covid-19 pandemic put us in. In some cases the on line…

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