Tagged: NJAA swap meet
September 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm #4040September 24, 2018 at 2:03 pm #4042
More….September 30, 2018 at 10:09 am #4054marsbaseParticipant
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!September 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm #4057
I’m glad you went, Steve. I guess you won nothing, otherwise you’d be bragging 🙄September 2, 2019 at 10:22 am #5103marsbaseParticipant
This event this year is Sep. 21, 2019 10am-4pm. Rain date Oct 5.
September 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm #5164
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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.
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.
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.September 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm #5166
Here’s a shot of the 26″ classical Cassegrain. The upper section was added to convert the telescope from a Newtonian.September 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm #5168
This shot shows some of the swap meet entrants.September 24, 2019 at 4:53 pm #5170September 24, 2019 at 4:54 pm #5172
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