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Photo of the Month for May, 2017

Thor's Helmet - NGC2359

© 2017 Eric Marlatt

Larger 1200 pixel-wide version

Finally was able to capture this winged gem with the help of some narrowband filters. Telescope used was an Astro-Tech 8" RC operating at F/5.6.

. . . Eric       








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Twin Arrows Star Party

Friday May 26 or Saturday May 27 depending on weather

Hi everybody,

Just a reminder that our Twin Arrows star party is scheduled for May 26 or 27 depending on weather. Although this is hardly an ideal venue for such an event, it promises to be a special program for a select number of casino guests, possibly as many as 200 people. The casino is a major sponsor of the Flagstaff Star Party so we have an opportunity here to show people what astronomy is all about and to promote dark skies with our Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition partners. The casino management is most supportive and will turn off as many lights as possible on the west side of the building.

We will be setting up telescopes beginning around 6 pm in the sheltered patio and road behind the casino. Drinks and refreshments will be served for all participants. Since this will be way before sunset, we can do solar observing and catch the new moon in daylight.

In additions, CAS and the FDSC will have display tables in a set-aside conference room and we can have brief power point presentations for guests about CAS activities, general astronomy, telescopes and basic astrophotography. Here again we have an opportunity to talk about the need for dark skies and the important role astronomy plays in the local community.

What I need now is a head count of how many CAS members can participate and bring telescopes. Ideally, we should have about 10 telescopes of different types and sizes. Jupiter should be a prominent object as well as star clusters, double stars and perhaps one or two brighter galaxies in Ursa Major and Leo.

Please let us know ASAP if you can help, so we can let the casino management know. We will provide directions, parking information and a map of the grounds where we can set. A limited number of outdoor power outlets are available for those who need them. This promises to be an unusual but most enjoyable event for all.

Klaus

Please send responses to info@coconinoastro.org for forwarding to Klaus
(or directly to Klaus if you have his email address).









Activities for May, 2017



Williams Public Viewing ( at Sunset )

Friday May 5, 2017 ( 7:18 pm )

Directions for Williams

Location: Glassburn Park - in the natural area west of Rod’s Steakhouse parking lot. Take I40 west. Exit 165 into Williams. The park is about 2-3 blocks after the hill, just past the edge of town on the right.



Board Meeting

Thursday May 11, 2017 ( 7:00 pm )



Monthly Meeting

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dr. Ethan Dolle, NAU


Title: “Shedding some Light on Dark Matter”

Dark matter is an unidentified type of stuff that could comprise as much as one third of the mass/energy in the Universe that is not accounted for by standard matter, Neutrinos, or Dark Energy. Dr. Dolle will be discussing its evidence, and what it could be beyond the standard models in cosmology and particle physics.

CAS Monthly Meetings and Astronomical Programs are held the Saturday closest to the Full Moon at the Mars Hill Campus of Lowell Observatory, Hendricks Center for Planetary Studies Auditorium (6:45 pm - 8:00 pm., unless otherwise noted) followed by refreshments, and informal discussion. Meetings are open free to the public.



Camp Colton Star Party

Thursday - ( at Sunset ) May 18, 2017 ( 6:30 pm )



Club Observing

Saturday - ( at Sunset ) May 20, 2017 ( 7:30 pm )



Twin Arrows Star Party

Friday May 26 or Saturday May 27 depending on weather













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Thor's Helmet - NGC2359

© 2017 Eric Marlatt




Finally was able to capture this winged gem with the help of some narrowband filters. Telescope used was an Astro-Tech 8" RC operating at F/5.6.

. . . Eric       








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