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Photo of the Month for July, 2019
Rho Ophiuchi
June 7,2019
@ 2019 Anthony Quintile

My goal with this photo was to capture Jupiter while it was near the Rho Ophiuchi Nebula and neighbors. I was excited to also capture Callisto at 2:00 next to Jupiter, I think M4 is pretty good, considering the focal length, and, given the short exposure, I was glad to get some of the Blue Horsehead. I was also glad that M80 turned out to be a star cluster and not something I screwed up in processing.

This was my first real effort with a guided SLR lens shot, (as opposed to a telescope). I was hopeful that the “vintage” Pentax lens I bought for $30 would deliver, and I really feel it did! This image is uncropped, and although it has some distortion in the corners, I think it is pretty acceptable.

This image was shot at Doney Mountain Picnic Area near Wupatki National Monument. The bottom right corner was showing light pollution from Flagstaff. It took a lot of work in processing to get that part of the sky relatively neutral, but I learned a few new tricks. It’s still not perfect. I did learn that widefield AP is far more susceptible to light pollution gradients, which is obvious I guess, but I hadn’t dealt with this yet.

Anthony Quintile

Club member Andy Odell passed away on May 10th

Andy Odell passed away suddenly on May 10th of a massive heart attack. He was scheduled to speak at our Sep. 14th meeting. Instead there will be a Celebration of Life for him at Lowell Observatory this coming Sat, June 29 starting at 11 AM in the Hendricks Center for Planetary Studies. A light lunch will served, after which I will give a brief PP review of Andy's life, achievements, friends, research and other interests. Then anyone wishing to will be invited to share anecdotes and experiences about Andy.

Activities for July 2019

CAS Board Meeting

The next board meeting is at 6:00PM on July 11, 2019 at the Lowell Obsorvatory


Monthly Meeting for July

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Mr. Barry Malpas, Past Dir., UACNJ Obs., NJ


Title: “A Woman’s Place is in the Dome”

Mr. Malpas has been interested in astronomy since childhood and studied engineering, mathematics and Physics at Rutgers University, NJ and teaches astronomy at CCC. He also collects antique astronomy books and has researched the history of women in astronomy for over 40 years. Historically, women were usually excluded from educational pursuits, let alone doing Astronomical research. However, many still made major contributions and now even lead science programs. Mr. Malpas will review women astronomers from the antiquity, and also display some antique astronomy books authored by women.


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 and free to the public.


What's New

A tour of the Discovery Telescope (DCT) was a great success.

Photos and a brief description can be found at this link: DCT Tour Photographs

Asteroid (25226)Brasch is named after our member Klaus Brasch

"I was totally flabbergasted and delighted today, at a special luncheon that an asteroid (25226) Brasch was named for me by Lowell Observatory to commemorate my 10 years there as a volunteer in the public program, and for writing numerous magazines articles about astronomy and the Observatory's contributions therein. Several of the other long standing volunteers were similarly honored."

Klaus Brasch


Announcement: The 2019 Club Calendar is Available

The 2019 club calendar with images submitted by our club members based on a lunar theme is available for order.

2019 Calendar Thumbnail Image

It can be ordered on the Join Us web page

Use the CAS club email info@coconinoastro.org to request an alternate payment method


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