Jeff Delmas images and processes Barnard 33, The Famous “Horse Head” Nebula just off of Alnitak in Orion’s Belt in color and the nebula that surrounds it IC 434 with 21 inch f/4 Newtonian Reflector and the SBIG CCD camera and processed it with SBIG software.

Frank Schenck also captured this picture of Ganymede and Jupiter with the Celestron 16 inch f/11.25 Schmidt Cassegrain Reflector with his planetary video camera and processed with Registax 6.

Saturday evening starting after program and regular observing 10 P.M. until 2:00 A.M., 11-12 August (peak evening according to Sky & Telescope, note change of date), at the VBAS field watch the Persied Meteor Shower, the Moon will be a waning crescent, estimated between 110 and 90 meteors per hour, a great evening for observing meteors given the weather holds. Come join us for a great display of the bright Persied Meteor Shower.

Target Date: Tuesday evening, 14 August, Saturn, Mars, and Spica conjunction – call Doug Horacek at 256 772-6788 will serve pizza and root beer at Doug’s Condo. Bring binoculars and scopes with a wide field of view – will start at 6:00 P.M. to set up. Event happens at dusk and a little beyond. Alternate bad viewing dates due to weather are Monday evening 13 August, or Wednesday evening 15 August.

Target Date: Tuesday evening, 21 August, Grouping of Saturn, Mars, Spica, and the Moon at the Space and Rocket Center, event occurs at dusk and a little beyond, stay posted for more details.

Early Notice: For early risers, the Beehive Cluster (M44), Venus and the Moon will be very close together in the sky at around 4:00 A.M. on the morning of 12 September, Wednesday Morning, the only morning this happens, well worth getting up to see.

Taken by John Young at 6:50 CDT with Nikon L110 behind Orion 6″ solar filter

Taken by John Young at 6:50 p.m. CDT with Nikon L110 camera behind Orion 6″ solar filter.

Venus transit

Frank Schenk captured some video of the Venus Transit betwee 19:40 and 19:45 CDT, 0:40 and 0:45 on the 6 June 2012 UT caught Venus near a Sun Spot Group Cantina 68, sunspot number is from the Cantina Obseratory in Italy, no NOAA number was referenced the next day. Frank obtained this shot with Doug Horacek’s 3.5 inch 90mm Orion Refractor, Doug moved the scope Frank took the video. These pictures were obtained just before the Sun set.

This picture of Saturn was taken with a 3X barlow and one neutral density filter and one yellow filter. Taken on the evening of 28 April 2012 23:30 CDT or 4:30 UT on the 29 April 2012. Jeff Delmas took the Video Frank Schenck did most of the post processing and Doug Horacek put the finishing touches with gamma, histogram, brightness and contrast.


This shot was magnified and cropped to better show Jupiter, the Moon, and Venus above.

On the evening of 25 March 2012 the Crescent Moon passed close to Jupiter in the sky and above was the planet Venus. Jeff Delmas captured this view with his CCD camera. On the evening of 26 March 2012 the Moon was even with Venus and Jupiter shined below the Moon and Venus. Click on the picture to get a better View

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