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Fri Apr 25 @ 6:00PM
RAC Observing Session (RACOBS)
Thu May 08 @ 7:00PM
RAC Meeting
Fri May 23 @ 6:00PM
RAC Observing Session (RACOBS)
Thu May 29 @ 7:00PM
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We will be holding our Imaging meeting this Thursday, April 17th at 7pm


We will meet in the Royal Room down the hall from The Brickhouse Restaurant.


For the presentation with ImagesPlus we will need A/V equipment as it will not be available. If you can
supply a projector for our needs please email Steve Izzo and let him know at sdizzo@nc.rr.com
 

The April RAC Observing Session (RACOBS) is scheduled for Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 7:00pm. Check back on the evening of the observing session for go/no-go status and times.

Statewide Star Party - April 2014

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The Raleigh Astronomy Club was to host 3 venues for the 2014 Statewide Star Party as part of the NC Science Festival.  Due to poor weather, events planned for Friday night were postponed to either Saturday night or later in the year.

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Solar Eclipse Near the North Pole by Michel Tourney

Speaker: Michel Tourney

March Indoor Meeting

Michel Tournay is always a good presenter and has presented to the club before. He travels to many exotic places capturing eclipses.  In addition to capturing the eclipse, he will also capture the interesting aspects of the place.  This presentation was no exception.

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February Club Social

The regular indoor meeting in February was originally designed to be a club social event. However, winter weather had other plans and the original meeting was cancelled and rescheduled to Thursday, February 20. Around 15 members and guests were present to enjoyment the refreshments and good conversations. The discussions varied from topics like the supernova in M82, cameras and dynamic ranges, and one of the founding members of the NCSU Astronomy club talked about their plans. A good time was had by all!

 
Feb 8th Equipment Clinic
Photo by Steven Christensen - click for largerIn 2014, the Raleigh Astronomy Club decided to change the format of their eductional program from a single Telescope Tune Up Clinic to more specialized sessions focusing not just on telescops but rather Learning Astronomy.   Our new offerings include 3 classes in a classroom setting and an Equipment Clinic held in an outdoor setting.  You can find more information about these various sessions on our Learning Astronomy page.

We held our first Equipment Clinic on Feb 8th at the top of the Green Square Parking deck in downtown Raleigh.  We had great views of a quarter moon and Jupiter.  We covered topics such as:

  • Proper set up
  • FInder Alignment
  • Polar Alignment
  • Collimation
  • For some participants - Go To alignment

Despite the glare of the several overhead street lights, it was a great session!  Future sessions are being planned.


 
January RACOBS

 - see red lines for supernovaJanaury’s RACOBs on Friday the 31st started out with some rather pesky high clouds obscuring most of the sky.  However by 8pm the skies started to clear up and stayed mostly clear the rest of the night.  We had about 20 Raleigh Astronomy Club members in attendance and several guests.

One of the most sought after targets of the evening was the type 1a supernova SN2014J in the Cigar Galaxy (also known as M82 or NGC 3034).  It is estimated that M82 is 11.5 million light years away; that means we are just now seeing this supernova explosion even though it happened 11.5 million years ago! 

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Supernova in M82

Recently there was a bright supernova in the galaxy M82. Several members got some really good images of it before it faded.

M81 (left) and M82(right) Image by Jay Hyman M82 Supernova by Mark Lang M82 Supernova Image by Ken Westall M82 Supernova by Mike Mantini
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