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The weather forecast for tonight's Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High looks good.

High, thin clouds possible during part of the evening, but otherwise clear.

The event is a "GO!"

(And if you do go, you probably want to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt. The forecast low will be near 60, so it's going to feel a little chilly out there!)



Details:

Saturday, September 17, 2018 
5:45 - 10:00 p.m.

Riverview High School
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, FL

MAP:  www.tinyurl.com/lgdsomap

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The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers is pleased to announce their next Sidewalk Astronomy event.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing at Riverview High School.

Located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota, (just off Proctor Road, 0.8 miles east of US 41), the telescopes will be set up on the sidewalk just outside of the school's Planetarium/Science Center.

<CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE MAP> https://tinyurl.com/y7b8tvu7

This will be the FINAL opportunity (until next September) to observe the spectacular ringed planet Saturn. The planets Mars, Uranus, and Neptune will also be visible as will the waxing gibbous moon. Other deep-sky wonders may also be viewed through the member's telescopes.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.

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 I don't normally get to call it a "go" 36 hours in advance, but the weather forecast for tomorrow night's Sidewalk Astronomy at Robinson Preserve is excellent.

If you haven't been to this new SA location, I can't say enough good things about it. The area devoted to our telescopes and other equipment is huge, there aren't any street or security lights nearby, and there's almost no waiting for objects to clear obstructions on the horizon--it's almost flat 360 degrees around.

Because of the weather and the great location, I anticipate pretty big crowds tomorrow, so if you're on the fence about coming with a telescope--PLEASE-- get off the fence and come on down! We can use every piece of equipment we can get out there!

You'll be glad you did!

BTW... I've mentioned this previously, but I'll say it again: If you've been to Robinson Preserve just to visit in the daytime and used the entrance at the very western end of 17th Avenue NW, THAT IS NOT THE ENTRANCE OR THE PART OF THE PRESERVE WHERE WE SET UP!

To get to the new site, turn west at the traffic light at the intersection of 75th Street NW and 9th Avenue NW. Drive 1.5 miles due west, and 100 yards past 99th Street NW, you'll see the entrance on your right.

Hope to see you tomorrow!!





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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Meade 8" with tripod/equatorial wedge for sale
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:15:02 pm »
FYI...

Here is an older, but very-well preserved Meade 8" SCT (model 2080) telescope complete with tripod, equatorial wedge, and accessories. (Photos attached)
According to the seller, it's only been used a handful of times since new.

He is asking $800 for everything...


Full Description...
Model 2080 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain. The optics were warranted for life by Meade.
Includes tripod, motor drive, equatorial wedge,
6x30 mm viewfinder (with lighted reticle),
Prism diagonal

EYEPIECES:
MA 9mm
MA 25 mm
Televue 40mm (Plossl)
Televue 2.5x (Barlow)


Original shipping box and hard-foam carrying case, plus a map-light metal carrying case and original instruction manual are also included

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASE, PLEASE CONTACT THE SELLER DIRECTLY...


Bill Priesmeyer
(941) 812-8281

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SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY AT THE CELERY FIELDS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

THE WEATHER LOOKS GOOD!


It's not very often that I get to call a "go-no-go" by noon on the day of a scheduled Sidewalk Astronomy event, but my confidence for this evening being REALLY NICE, is pretty high!

The attached screenshot is from a weather tool I use. I've highlighted the "important" blocks in yellow, as that's when we'll be out at the Celery Fields...from a bit before 8:00 p.m. until around 11 or so.

The top row indicates the expected cloud cover. Dark blue squares are good. Light blue are so-so. And if they're white... forget it! But they're blue... so we're good!

The next row shows "transparency," and though I'd prefer to see dark blue squares, the ice-blue squares show that we'll probably have a hazy layer above us for most of the evening--but it's not going to ruin our observing.

The next row shows "seeing," and that refers to how steady the skies are. These range from mid-blue to dark blue, so we should be enjoying some pretty steady images!

See you all tonight!

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Equipment Wanted / Looking for an inexpensive "starter scope."
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:44:23 am »
One of our Sidewalk Astronomy attendees is looking to "dip a toe into the water" and is interested in purchasing an inexpensive telescope.

If you happen to have a piece of equipment you're no longer using that would be fairly priced in the $200-$300 range, please contact him directly at the number below.

Don Huntsinger
941 567-7029

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Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields
Monthly observing of the celestial wonders resumes on September 15th

 
I am pleased to announce the return of Sidewalk Astronomy following our annual summer hiatus!

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 15, 2018 starting at 7:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:15 p.m., the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up high-quality telescopes for your viewing pleasure in the parking lot at the southeastern corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, you'll find parking available in the large parking lot just west of the Nature Center building. Our telescopes will be set up in the smaller lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (Telescopes will NOT be set up at the top of the hill.)

Observing highlights during the evening include the spectacular ringed planet Saturn, as well as the planets Mars, Jupiter and Venus. The first quarter moon and other deep-sky wonders will also be viewed through our telescopes.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is free of charge and is open to all ages.

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We are issuing a (not overly-enthusiastic) "go" for tonight's Mars Opposition Observing event.

It appears that any rain that hits the area may hold off until after midnight... and if we're lucky, we'll be able to catch Mars through breaks in the clouds.

The caveat is that this is far from an ideal forecast, but given the fact that it's a pretty unique celestial event, we're going to give it a shot.

In case you missed it, complete details about tonight's event are copied below...


Jonathan



The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers is getting geared up to offer you yet another special summer event at Robinson Preserve (10299 9th Avenue NW) in Bradenton on Friday, July 20th from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

This special Mars Observing event is being held to take advantage of the BEST views of the Red Planet since 2003! It's a don't-miss event!

As with all "Sidewalk Astronomy" events, it's FREE and weather-permitting.
In case of rain or clouds on the 20th, this event will be held the following night, Saturday, July 21st. (Also from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.)

We are thrilled to partner with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, as well as Robinson Preserve for this very special event.

Please note that this will take place in parking lot just off the brand-new 9th Avenue NW entrance to the Preserve --and NOT at the Preserve's "main entrance" at the corner of 99th Street West and 17th Avenue!

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Many of you took advantage of this past weekend's Saturn Observing event and were treated to some spectacular views of the ringed planet.

We'll be offering yet another special summer event at Robinson Preserve (10299 9th Avenue NW) in Bradenton on Friday, July 20th from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

This special Mars Observing event is being held to take advantage of the BEST views of the Red Planet since 2003! It's a don't-miss event!

As with all "Sidewalk Astronomy" events, it's FREE and weather-permitting.

In case of rain or clouds on the 20th, this event will be held the following night, Saturday, July 21st. (Also from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.)


We are thrilled to partner with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, as well as Robinson Preserve for this very special event.

Please note that this will take place in parking lot just off the brand-new 9th Avenue NW entrance to the Preserve --and NOT at the Preserve's "main entrance" at the corner of 99th Street West and 17th Avenue!

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Regarding the weather forecast for tonight's Special Summer Saturn Observing event out at the Celery Fields, it appears that we'll likely have a lot of high, thin clouds - - but the odds of actually getting rained out are pretty slim.

Obviously, I'd much rather be able to tell you that there's a 100% chance of crystal-clear skies, dry air and temps in the low 70s, but this is the summer and those are few and far between here in Florida!

Unless something changes between now and late this afternoon, our event is a "go." And hopefully, we'll have a few really nice clear "holes" through which to observe tonight!

The event details, in case you missed them earlier:

Although Sidewalk Astronomy is currently on "summer hiatus" until September, I am pleased to announce that the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up telescopes for a SPECIAL SATURN OBSERVING EVENT at the Celery Fields (6893 Palmer Blvd) in Sarasota on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

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Although Sidewalk Astronomy is currently on "summer hiatus" until September, I am pleased to announce that the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up telescopes for a

SPECIAL SATURN OBSERVING EVENT
at the
Celery Fields (6893 Palmer Blvd) in Sarasota on
Saturday, June 23rd
from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.


Due to Saturn's 29-year-long orbital period (that's how long it takes to make one trip around the Sun), we are now in the midst of a several-year span where the best viewing of the ringed planet is taking place during the summer months--when we don't offer public events.

This year, the best views of Saturn will occur in late June... so rather than let the opportunity to pass by, we're going to cross our fingers for clear skies and focus our equipment on this spectacular celestial body!

And as with all "Sidewalk Astronomy" events, it's FREE and weather-permitting.

But unlike our regular events, we are offering a "rain date." In case of inclement weather on June 23rd, the Saturn Observing Event will be held on Saturday, June 30th. (Also from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.)

Hope to see you out there!

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Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields
Saturday, May 19th
Canceled


I really hate being the bearer of bad news... (although I suppose this comes as no surprise to anyone), but it's now inescapable that there's no avoiding the rain/clouds/thunderstorms this evening.

*TONIGHT'S SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY EVENT IS CANCELED.*

On a more positive note... I've just made arrangements with the Sarasota Audubon Society, and (weather-permitting) we'll set up our telescopes at the Celery Fields on Saturday, June 23rd for observing Saturn during its closest approach to Earth this year! (see the flyer for details!)

Best,

Jonathan

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I am pleased to announce our final regularly-scheduled* Sidewalk Astronomy event before our summer hiatus.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 starting at 8:15 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:15 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeastern corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, parking will be available in the large lot just west of the Nature Center building.

Our telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill).

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the gas giant planet Jupiter and its moons, as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.


* Although we normally offer no Sidewalk Astronomy events during the summer months, please keep an eye out for an announcement or two from me regarding some SPECIAL OBSERVING EVENTS!

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Here's the WEATHER UPDATE for tonight's Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High.

It's a frustrating forecast to say the least. 🤔

I've checked half a dozen sources and there is no consensus. Some are predicting scattered showers ending by the time we're ready to set up; others are calling for rain potentially all evening... and still others are showing clearing skies after about 7 PM.

So for the moment, Sidewalk Astronomy is still a "go," but be aware that there's a possibility that we might have weather issues during the evening that could bring an abrupt end to the observing.

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If you've ever attended a Sidewalk Astronomy event, you'll relate to this video.

If you've ever brought your own telescope and shared the universe with the public, you'll relate to this video.

And finally, if you've never been to a Sidewalk Astronomy event and/or have never looked through a telescope - - you should definitely WATCH this beautifully-done video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCrJ3NflOpE&feature=youtu.be!

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