Cancelled: RACOBS November 25

RACOBS is cancelled, primarily due to a forecast with more clouds than clear sky Black Friday turns into the Raleigh Astronomy Club’s monthly observing session at our usual dark sky site.  Check back for a go/no-go decision and timing to open the gate.    This is our first peak at the winter sky close to dark!  It’s also the first session since DST ended, so we have an extra hour of darkness in the evening. Date:   Friday, November 25,…

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November Indoor Meeting: Swap Meet

When:  November 11, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm Where:  NC State Crafts Center (directions) Who: The meeting is open to the public! We will have a short business meeting at 7:30 followed by a swap meet and social. There should be quite a bit of gear there available for purchase. If you have spare gear you want to get rid of, be sure to bring it in. If you need a table to display your items, please let us know.  If you have any…

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Recap: October RACOBS, Oct 28 is a GO!!

We had one of the best showings that I’ve seen in a while for RACOBS. Sky conditions were above average and everyone was petty excited to be out there. There were at least 10-15 people there. Some members of the NCSU astronomy club showed up, and we had a chance to talk and help them out. Mike M. offered to do an imaging class for them on campus sometime. Thanks to David K. who spent most of the the evening with…

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October Indoor Meeting: Solar Observing

When:  October 14, 2016, 7:30pm Where:  NC State Crafts Center (directions) Who: The meeting is open to the public!   The October RAC indoor meeting will feature RAC Solar Astronomers presenting some of their latest work. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating beauty of our nearest star. This meeting is intended to be an informal presentation/discussion, a chance to show off some of solar observing talent, and an opportunity to share some excellent solar observing tips and practices! Our own…

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Recap of September RACOBS.

Date:  September 23, 2016 Time:  7:30pm RECAP: About 15 club members and guests ventured out to RACOBS this month.   Once dark, the skies were unusually steady.  Mars, and Saturn were sights for the first hour, but unfortunately Jupiter set soon after the sun.  The milky way was obvious with some structure visible.  Some of the objects observed include M31 Andromeda Galaxy, M57 Ring Nebula, the double cluster (NGC 869/884), NGC 6760, M8 Lagoon, M17, Swan nebula, and more.  Several new…

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RAC Business Meeting – September 9, 2016

About 25 members attended the club’s monthly indoor meeting.  Many thanks to the club members who presented some of their astrophotography work during the presentation portion of the meeting.  From single photos to time lapses, the galaxy (and beyond!) was well represented.   Club Business: BBQ: A club Barbecue is being planned for October 15.  Chris Cole is organizing.   At least 20 participants are needed to lock in the catering.   The club will provide barbecue, wings, ice cream,…

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Member’s BBQ and Solar Observing – October 15

All RAC members are invited to an outdoor club barbecue.  The club will provide midwestern style pork barbecue, hot wings, homemade ice cream, and maybe hot dogs.   Members are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. Host/Organizer:  Chris Cole When:  October 15, Time TBD (late morning/early afternoon) Where:  Apex, NC (see member’s email listserv for address) Please RSVP via the club email discussion.   We need at least 20 attendees to make this happen and an accurate headcount for…

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RECAP: September 9 Indoor Meeting – Astrophotography

Recap:  What a wonderful meeting where several club members got up in the front of the group and presented some of their favorite photos they’ve taken.  We saw great views of many objects including the Eagle nebula, Orion Nebula, the Sun and Moon, Pleides star cluster, the Shark Nebula, and much more.  What was also impressive was the many different approaches club members take the capturing photographs…  From multi-night LRGB images to very short video captures, to wide field DSLR…

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Recap: RACOBS – August 26

Despite getting off to a cloudy start, last night’s RACOBS was quite enjoyable.  11 people in attendance.  The weather was hot and humid.  However, over the course of the evening the temperatures started to drop and clouds began to dissipate.  The sky conditions were not ideal but allowed for good viewing of Saturn, Mars, nebulae and clusters.  However, transparency was quite bad and limited galaxy viewing. Mike Keefe reported using video astronomy and getting a nice capture of the Eagle…

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Call for Speakers and Topics

As RAC builds our 2016-2017 indoor meeting schedule, we are looking for ideas for meeting topics as well as speakers.  It can be anything astronomy related, from beginner to advanced.This club belongs to us all and we want to make sure you get the most out of it.      If you are willing to give a talk, let us know! No idea is too simple – please tell us what you’d like to hear! Please email any ideas or…

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Future RAC Meetings – POLL

All, RAC is looking to freshen up our indoor meetings due to dwindling attendance.   On August 12 the club held a test meeting at the NC State Crafts center and are now collecting feedback. The poll doesn’t allow for text responses, but please respond either on the RaleighAstro yahoo group or via an email to the co-chairs ([email protected]) if you have ideas or want to share your thoughts in more detail. [poll id=”5″]    

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All, August promises to be a very special month as Jim Pressley, Carl Moreschi, Al Hamrick and Michael Searle team up to give us their impressions of the OzSky Star Fest held in Australia this April!  They traveled together, roomed together and observed together on an excellent 25″ f/5 Obsession.  The southern skies must have been excellent. Most important, RAC is trying a different location and time.  Plus, this meeting is being moved back to Friday.   Currently, this is only for…

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RAC Meeting and Business – July 28

Chris Cole ran the meeting 32 members and guests signed the attendance log Speaker:   Dr. Chris Richardson, Assistant Professor of Physics, Elon University Dr. Richardson showed the explosion in the number of known exoplanets.  He used a graphic (right) to show all 786 known exoplanets… as of June 2012.  Now, in 2016 that number is over 3,000. Looking at the drake equation, most of the variables are reasonably well known, with the exception of the last variable “L” which describes…

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Recap: Elections and Exoplanets: July 28!

Recap: The July meeting of the RAC featured a talk by special guest Dr. Chris Richardson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Elon University. Dr. Richardson gave a lively and engaging presentation about Exoplanets. He discussed recent results in this popular area of research, especially the enormous amount of data coming from the Kepler Space Telescope. He also discussed the various components of the famous Drake Equation. Dr. Frank Drake created the equation in 1961. It attempts to compute the number…

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RAC Outreach at Governor’s School

Several RAC members gathered on the roof of the Science and Math building at Meredith College to provide an observing session for teens attending the Governor Morehead School. The weather looked threatening throughout the afternoon, but storms held off and we were able to observe despite the clouds. Daniel Murphy was our Governor Morehead School coordinator.     Over 125 of North Carolina’s brightest rising seniors enjoyed views of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, the moon and stars through telescopes ranging from…

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