Archive for April, 2011

Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight For Public Viewing

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

CNY skies are predicted to be clear until (at least) midnight and the clear skies all day have hopefully dried the observatory grounds. The observatory is set to open around 7:30 p.m. tonight (30 April). It is predicted to get down to the low 40’s/high 30’s tonight, so do dress accordingly!

Public Viewing Is CANCELED Tonight (April 29) But Looks Good For Tomorrow (April 30)

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The remarkable CNY overcasts from this past week are predicted to give way to clear skies tomorrow night. In the meantime, Darling Hill is overcast and still quite wet from the rain this past week, so we will try for observing tomorrow night instead. Stay tuned tomorrow (around 5 p.m.) for further updates.

Meade 8 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope With UHTC For Sale In CNY

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Update: The Scope Has Been Sold.

Greetings fellow astrophile!

In the interest of reaching the larger CNY astronomy community, the SAS is happy to post information for people in the CNY area about astronomical equipment for sale. The SAS takes no responsibility for any aspect of the sale itself, but simply provides an outlet to members and nonmembers alike.

For some additional information about the scope, see the product page at telescopes.com.

Here is the Meade I have for sale and what is included in the box:

8 inch scope with UHTC optics
LX90GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain
Auto Star-GPS Smart Finder
8×50 Rear focus view finder spotting scope with mounting bracket and hardware
26mm Super Plossl Lens-1.25 O.D.
8mm Celestron X-Cel Lens for wide Field view
1.25 Diagonal Prism
AC wall adapter and DC car adapter in one
Heavy Duty Tripod
Manual and software

Asking $900.00 $700.00 $500.00(!) or best offer.

April 9 – Saturday Night Observing At Darling Hill, 8:00 p.m. – ???

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

This past Thursday was a generally excellent (and definitely cold) first opening for the observatory, with both lunar viewing and a fair amount of Saturn observed. The brightening Moon will wash some of the fine detail from Messier objects, but it looks to be a clear night for observing well into the very early morning. We hope you can join us!

April 7 – Tonight Is The First Organized Observing Session Of 2011!

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Several members have decided to open Darling Hill tonight and do some early Spring viewing. The Moon is but a sliver (and excellent in binoculars), Saturn will be visible in our Eastern skies shortly after 9:00 p.m. AND, for the dedicated observers, the ISS flies over at 3:49 a.m.

It will be COLD at the Hill, so dress for freezing conditions! We hope to see you!