December 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming major activities beyond Outreach Events Calendar 
Dec 2, 2016, SBAU 1st Friday meeting Farrand Hall:  Members Night presentations; slate of volunteer officers for approval
Dec 8, 2016, 2nd Thursday, SBAU Holiday dinner, 6pm gathering, Sierra Grill ~$20 dinner (RSVP), +$10+ Toys for Tots unwrapped Astro gift
Dec 12, 2016, Wed., LCOGT hosting Tabetha Boyajian, Tabby’s Star is a Dyson Sphere  for more detail. 

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Friday, December 2nd, 7 PM 2016
Members Night

First up Jerry Wilson

Jerry Wilson is a retired Condensed Matter Physicist with a career of R&D on IR focal plane arrays and engineering instrumentation for spacecraft and has been an amateur astronomer since childhood, vaguely recalled as somewhere in the 1950?s. He was a past member of Los Angeles Astronomical Society where he learned to make telescope mirrors and a member of the SBAU for the last fifteen years.

Abstract: The first solar eclipse to cross continental US since Carley Simon released "You're so Vain" in 1972 will occur on August 21, 2017. The eclipse will start in the North Pacific Ocean and hit the US Oregon coast at 10:17 AM. Oregon will experience just under two minutes of totality.  From Oregon the eclipse will move through Idaho then down through the midsection of Wyoming, Nebraska and Missouri, then Kentucky and off the eastern coast of South Carolina. The maximum duration will be 2 minutes and 40 seconds which will occur slightly south of Carbondale Illinois. What to expect as well as techniques for viewing and imaging will be discussed. Images of the annular eclipse of May 2012 as seen from St George Utah and the November total eclipse viewed from Queensland Australia will be discussed.

Next in line is Chuck McPartlin our AU Outreach Coordinator.

Abstract: There's a relatively nearby black hole (V404 Cygni) that is sucking matter from a companion star. Instabilities in the accretion disk cause brightness variations that are detectable with backyard equipment.


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SBAU Telescope Workshop Every Tuesday 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

"Want to learn how to make your own telescope or learn more about astrophotography?  Well, the SBAU has a Telescope Workshop!  At the Telescope Workshop, we cover construction techniques for mirrors and telescopes, but also optics, cameras, and image processing software discussions.  We encourage novice astronomers to come, ask questions, and even build, while  advanced members are re-invited to attend if they want to discuss telescope issues not covered at the monthly meetings or just to help out. Check out for a sample of past weekly Tuesday night sessions at the Broder Building at the Museum of Natural History."

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