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July 2010


July MeetingTuesday,  July 6
Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room

7:00 p.m.  - Casual Conversation and Informal Discussion:  This will be a good time to talk with other members, share observing experiences and ideas, show your favorite astrophotos or astronomical equipment, and ask questions.

7:30 p.m.  - Demo Night
This month, instead of a single, formal presentation, we will have "Demo Night".  Several short (10 to 15 minute) demos have been planned, including demonstration by Steve Plank of his new Meade LT-6 Go To scope, a demo by Mike Woods of the astronomical functions of the iPad and a demo of several websites for predicting sky conditions.  There should be plenty of time, so bring anything of astronomical interest to "show and tell".

Club Business
After the program there will be a brief business meeting.

Club Loaner Scopes
BAS has several "loaner" scopes that are currently stored in Milt Enderlin's garage.  They include the following:

1.   Hy-Score-Goto Model 451,  2.4" Altazimuth Refractor with tripod.  Scientific Instrument Division.  SE Laszlo.
 
2.   Ball Mount Reflector, possibly 3", with tripod, unknown origin or model.
 
3.   Dobsonian, possibly 12".

The best use for these telescopes would be to loan them out and let people use them.  But before we start sending equipment home with people, it would probably be best to establish a few simple rules for the lending process.  Of course, we'll need a way to track where the equipment is and hold the borrower responsible.  Should there be a time limit for loaned equipment?  Should there be a small rental fee, or a small deposit, or perhaps an overdue fine for late returns?  We need someone to volunteer to get feedback from members and make a brief recommendation for our equipment lending process.  Contact John Grismore or email 

Club Scope Upgrade
One of our club scopes is a 12" (maybe 12.5") Dobsonian that was built as a club project decades ago.  Fred Frey oversaw the project, instructing members on grinding the mirror, assembling the scope and testing the optics.  Knowing Fred, I believe the optical quality is superior.  This scope was used at club events for quite a few years, but as far as I know, has not been moved from Milt's garage for a long time.  It has a heavy duty, 
open 
metal truss design and solid plywood rocker box.  As I remember, it was a pretty massive thing to load and unload.  Having seen David Tobola load and unload his 12.5" Dobsonian unassisted at a Sooner Park star party last month, I wonder if this might not be a good time to think about reworking the old club scope to update it and make it more portable, so that we use it more.  David has agreed to assist with such an upgrade, and I think between David and Fred, we could revitalize the scope for a relatively small investment.  This might be a good club project.  Who would volunteer to help?

ACT Adams Ranch Dark Sky Weekend
The Astronomy Club of Tulsa will hold their Adams Ranch Summer Star Party as a joint event with Kansas observers on July 9th and 10th.  The Adams Ranch site is north of Foraker, roughly midway between Bartlesville and Ponca City, but only a few mile south of the Kansas border.  It has some of the darkest skies in our area.  
The event is open to Astronomy Club of Tulsa Members and their families, as well as Bartlesville Astronomical Society members and their families.  For additional information see the June 2010 Sidereal Times Newsletter on our website at:

August Meeting Plans?
It has been suggested that we do something a little bit different for our August meeting.  Suggestions have included a picnic/star party meeting or a dinner meeting.  Any interest in either of these ideas?  How about other ideas?

BAS Logo Update
The BAS Logo at the top of this newsletter, and on most of our other communications, has served us well for many years (decades actually).
  The logo is now used predominantly in club emails and on club webpages, as well as on paper handouts and meeting announcements.  W
ith advances in computer technology and on-line communications, perhaps it's time to consider a redesign.  Therefore, we proudly announce... 

The Bartlesville Astronomical Society Logo Design Contest!

Yes, there will be a prize for the winning entry, so enter early and enter often.  The goal will be a logo that is aesthetically pleasing and appealing without being overstated, representative of our interests, and simple and convenient to use in all our on-line and hardcopy communications.  The winner will be determined by a vote of club members.  The preliminary deadline for entries is September 1, 2010.  Send your entries to John Grismore or

Bartlesville Sky (looking south) July 15, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. (source: Stellarium 0.10.2,  see http://www.stellarium.org/ )

July Astronomical Calendar (Universal Time)
 d  h                                  d  h
 1  9  Moon at apogee                 16  0  Mars 5.6N of Moon
 3 14  Uranus 5.9S of Moon            18  7  Spica 3.1N of Moon
 4 14  LAST QUARTER                   18 10  FIRST QUARTER
 6  0  Uranus stationary              21 18  Antares 1.8S of Moon
 6  8  Mercury 4.9S of Pollux         22 11  Moon furthest South (-25.0)
 6  9  Earth at aphelion              23 15  Pluto 5.8N of Moon
 9 16  Moon furthest North (25.0)     24  3  Jupiter stationary
10 11  Venus 1.0N of Regulus          26  1  FULL MOON
11 19  NEW MOON             Eclipse   27 21  Mercury 0.3S of Regulus 
12 22  Mercury 3.9N of Moon           28  3  Neptune 4.2S of Moon
13 11  Moon at perigee                28 23  Moon at apogee
14 13  Regulus 4.3N of Moon           30 21  Uranus 5.9S of Moon
14 21  Venus 5.4N of Moon             31  8  Mars 1.8S of Saturn 



Bartlesville Astronomical Society - Membership

B.A.S. is an organization of people interested in Astronomy and related fields of science.
The current officers are:

President
John Grismore
Vice President
Mike Woods
Secretary/Editor
Fred Frey
Treasurer
Milt Enderlin (acting)
Member at Large
Joyce Gray - Education Coordinator
Program Chairman
James Vogh
Astronomical League
John Grismore
Newsletter
James Vogh (acting)

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Next Meeting
August 2 in the Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative).  Program to be determined.

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