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We are pleased to announce Sidewalk Astronomy for May.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:30 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The 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!).

Sunset on May 6th will be at 8:07 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible close-up views of the gas giant planet Jupiter as well as the waxing gibbous Moon. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night. Please note that this will be the final event of the season - - there will be no Sidewalk Astronomy in June, July, or August.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to all!

Hope to see you on May 6th!
Telescope: 10 inch Orion XT10 IntelliScope Reflector and many accessories - $500

Note from Jonathan Sabin: I am posting this on behalf of John Newman, a former member of LGDSO.

If you are interested in purchasing this equipment, or have questions, please contact John directly at 941-448-7904.

This Orion XT10 is eleven years old, but maintained in excellent condition. 
The same model today costs $899. 99. 
This package with accessories cost over $1200. 
Priced to avoid boxing and shipping at $500.   
If interested call: 941-448-7904.

From the original sales info:
This push-to computerized reflector can lead you to more than 14,000 objects.  The large 10 inch aperture gathers more light for brighter views of the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies. The simple Dobsonian point and view design provides stable viewing.  In addition to this telescope and its two original eyepieces and finder scope, this sale includes an accessory case, Stratus wide field 13mm eyepiece, a Barlow 2X lens, lens filter set for light pollution, moon, planets and deep space objects, right angle finder, EZ finder laser sight, laser collimator, Dickinsonís Night Watch 4th ed., Sky Atlas and more.  Explore the current model and accessories at

Just a reminder that our quarterly meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday, April 12) starting at 7:00 p.m. sharp at the Riverview High School Science Center Planetarium.

In addition to an overview of what's been going on with the club as well as some things-to-come, we will be watching one of the Planetarium's shows.

Great images! Thanks for posting!
and a couple more....
Here are a few of the captures from the Crowley Fundraiser night.  During the evening, guests could see these images on my iPad.   It was fun and stimulating to share this type of star gazing. It certainly is an interesting alternative to visual observing - which is still my favorite way of looking at what's out there - mainly because it is more of a direct connection to the sky than looking at a screen.  But the colors and the details are awesome with the DSLR.   Considering that there were dozens of people walking around the scope while shooting these pictures, they turned out okay.  I still have so much to learn about taking good photos of all the different DSO's!
Astronomy Questions and more for LGDSO members and visitors alike! / Re: 2-25-17 fundraiser at Crowley
« Last post by joanmackiewicz on February 25, 2017, 03:51:54 pm »
Sounds good.  See you all shortly!

I couldn't be happier with the weather forecast for tonight. Almost 100% clear skies, fairly dry, and temps in the low 60s. (Which does mean that it may feel about 10 degrees cooler than that, so definitely bring a light jacket!)

But we're not going to be freezing our rear-ends off like we did last year!

See you all out at Crowley!
T-minus 26hrs and counting down.

The weather looks promising for the event, short of excellent, but good enough to give guests a real look at what dark skies reveal. No telling how many telescopes will be there - upwards of 20 I would imagine.  I'm bringing two, because I just couldn't decide which one. Should be chaos for me, lol.   

Most all of the preparations are done, the gear is tuned, batteries fresh, light shield fence ready to go up, foil hat ready....  Let's all hope for clear skies  :-)

Bring a jacket.  Standing outside at night will chill you if you're not prepared.  Or you could huddle like penguins?

Side note:  Iridium flare at 7:47:58 PM in the SSE sky -  Look for it.
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