Join NOVAC for Astronomy Day at Sky Meadows State Park on May 31, 2014. Come out at 3PM to observe the Sun! Stay until nightfall to see some planets and deep sky objects! Entrance to the park ends at 9pm no exceptions! Enjoy the wonderful views of the landscape and night sky from the flanks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. [...]
We are stil looking for volunteers, so am asking that anyone with the least inclination to pitch in and do some relief work to come and do so! Especially needed are any members with solar scopes, or those who have interest in promoting IDA or other Dark Sky initiatives. The Mayfest is a full day of old-fashioned family fun, including live music, local vendors, food and drink, and even a pie-eating contest! For more information visit www.lovettsvillemayfest.com
The Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST) is a wonderful way to look at the sun in Hydrogen-alpha, and has produced a legion of new "solar addicts" in the short time since its release. One of the limitations of this scope compared to Coronado's higher end products was its inability to come to focus with binoviewers, even with fairly significant Barlowing.
Saturday Jim Richberg and I got together with our Coronado Personal Solar Telescopes (PSTs). There were two tests we wanted to test: a side by side comparison of the two PSTs and to conduct a PST eyepiece shootout.
You can’t go to a star party these days without bumping into one of Coronado’s Hydrogen Alpha (Ha) Filters. All it takes is one look and your hooked. Seeing the solar chromosphere come alive in Ha light is thrilling. I have had the opportunity to look through and compare the 40mm, 60mm and 90mm versions as well as a stacked 40mm and a stacked 90mm. When it came time to purchase one, I bought the 60mm.