Thursday, January 21, 2010

Comet, Northern Lights, Space Weather Alerts

Space Weather News for Jan. 21, 2010

SUNGRAZING COMET: NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft has discovered another bright sungrazing comet. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has a good view of the comet's death plunge, which is happening today. Check for movies and updates.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: A solar wind stream hit Earth on Jan. 20th sparking the first geomagnetic storm of the year and an intense display of polar auroras. Images from around the Arctic Circle may be found here:

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS: For less than the cost of a night at the movies, you can turn your cell phone into a space weather alert system. Sign up for Spaceweather PHONE ( to receive instant notices of geomagnetic storms, CME impacts, and strong solar flares.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Lots of Astro Equipment for Sale in Scottsdale


1.Orion XT10 Intelliscope-Autographed. Excellent condition. Autographed by David Levy. Have shipping box for OTA but not for rocker box. As a result I prefer pickup but will consider shipping. Also includes Telrad finder in place of 9x50, computer, computer holster, telescope manual, computer manual, 20mm Orion Expanse eyepiece, Starry Night software. Located in Scottsdale, AZ 85255 $495 obo. Cash, Paypal + 1.5%, plus shipping costs if shipped


2.I bought the 10” new and never used it as I felt it was too heavy for the LXD 55 mount. Still have the original shipping container. As new except for some dust. Stored inside house. The OTA includes UHTC, original finder, 2” eyepiece extender, 1¼” adapter, rings and dovetail. $500 obo

3.The 6” SN is in excellent condition with 2” focuser with 1¼” adapter. Used little. Includes rings and original finder but no dovetail. $275 obo

4. 6” AR6 Refractor. In very good to excellent condition. Purchased with some enhancements from WarpsCorp(David Sherfly). See Warpscorp at Yahoo Groups. However I don’t remember what the enhancements were! Very nice scope. Includes cage, dovetail, Warps finder with quick release base, standard base on OTA, 2” focuser with 1 ¼ ” adapter, and standard finder base mounted on the cage. $425 obo

5. I have a number of other astro items for sale that are unpriced at this point such as SBIG STV with efinder, Meade Deep Sky Imager, Meade Deep Sky Imager Pro, Meade CCD Color Filter Set, CG5-AT mount complete, LXD55 mount complete which includes uninstalled Hypertune kit and Warps Drive Conversion Belts-all like new & unused. Have an orange tube C8, 110 v, tripod, wedge with upgrades, storage trunk-all in fair condition; C5++, 9v, JMI Decoders, padded case-all in v.g. condition. I am the original owner of all the items in this group.

Reason for having to part with this equipment is age and I am selling the Scottsdale house(hopefully). Any reasonable offers considered.

Photos can be seen in PDF doc at:

Call John at 480-419-8054 or email with questions

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Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's new with the Sun?

Space Weather News for Jan. 19, 2010

FARSIDE SOLAR ACTIVITY: Over the past two days, NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft has detected two eruptions from an active region just behind the sun's eastern limb. The source of the blasts appears to be old sunspot 1039. The sun's rotation will begin turning the spot toward Earth this week, so there could be some Earth-directed solar activity in the offing. Check for movies and updates.

ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE: On Jan. 15th, the Moon passed directly in front of the sun, producing a "ring of fire" solar eclipse over the Indian Ocean and surrounding lands. The eclipse gallery contains many must-see images. Start browsing here:

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Monday, January 18, 2010

Telescope Training Workshop - CANCELED!!!

The Telescope Training Workshop for 1/21 has
been canceled due to weather.

Please have a super evening!

Next Workshop will be Feb 11.

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society