July Meeting, Tuesday, 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".
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,
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.