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  • #4040
    Fred
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    I might go to this.

    #4042
    Fred
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    More….

    #4054
    marsbase
    Participant

    We went to this event and it was a nice time. There were about 10 venders and Al Nagler and Mike Peoples were there. There was a presentation on DSLR photography that was very good and they did some solar observing in the lot.

    The observatory was open. I believe they said it was a 26″ Cass.

    Thanks for posting this event Fred!

    #4057
    Fred
    Moderator

    I’m glad you went, Steve. I guess you won nothing, otherwise you’d be  bragging 🙄

    #5103
    marsbase
    Participant
    #5164
    Dave Mitsky
    Participant

    Thanks to the above notice Maura and I attended the New Jersey Astronomical Association 3rd Annual Open House & Astro Flea-Market and public observing session on Saturday, September 21st. The NJAA’s Paul Robinson Observatory is located a little more than two hours from my home in the Voorhees State Park near High Bridge, New Jersey.

    After touring the observatory grounds, we bought a few odds and ends at the swap meet, including a large geode and venerable 2x Zeiss opera glasses. A raffle was held and I was lucky enough to win a Kindle Fire HD8 tablet, the first prize that I’ve won in a long time in an astronomy raffle. The grand prize was a 32mm Tele Vue Plössl donated by Al Nagler. Al had a Tele Vue apochromat set up with a not-yet-on-the-market 11mm Tele Vue Apollo 11 eyepiece. Rob Teeter was there as well.

    Tele Vue’s Secret Launch: Apollo 11mm Eyepiece!

    https://www.teeterstelescopes.com/

    Maura and I had supper at the well-known Clinton Station Diner and then drove around the area, stopping in Clinton and at the Round Valley Recreation Area.

    https://www.clintonstationdiner.com/

    https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/round.html

    Solar observing in white light and hydrogen alpha was conducted during the swap meet. When it got dark, the 26″ classical Cassegrain, which was originally an unusual f/4 photographic Newtonian owned by the University of Indiana and which is the largest telescope in New Jersey open to the public, was trained on M57. A smaller dome and a roll-off roof building housed SCTs. A 12″ Meade Lightbridge Dob and some smaller telescopes were set up behind the main building. I viewed Jupiter, Saturn, Albireo, M13, M22, and M57 through the various telescopes operating that night. A bright ISS pass also took place.

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    http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM8CMY_The_Edwin_E_Aldrin_Astronomical_Center_nr_High_Bridge_NJ

    NJAA 26-inch classical Cassegrain

    #5166
    Dave Mitsky
    Participant

    Here’s a shot of the 26″ classical Cassegrain.  The upper section was added to convert the telescope from a Newtonian.26" classical Cassegrain

    #5168
    Dave Mitsky
    Participant

    This shot shows some of the swap meet entrants.NJAA swap meet

    #5170
    Dave Mitsky
    Participant

    NJAA swap meet

    #5172
    Dave Mitsky
    Participant

    NJAA swap meet

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