Graham Bell originally registered NEKAAL up as a Amazon smile charity. For one reason or another it had gone away. Janelle has set it back up. So if you wish you can set your charity to NEKAAL at smile.amazon.com and 0.5% of eligible purchases made by you through smile will be sent to NEKAAL with no extra cost to you.
The easiest way to find it, is to search for “Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers League Inc” in the charity search box.
The recent AAA magazine contained an article on observatories in Kansas. Farpoint Observatory was listed, but the public observing dates they printed were for 2016! The correct public observing dates for this summer are July 15 and 22, and August 19.
Patrick Wiggins in Utah last night appears to have discovered a Supernova in the Galaxy NGC6946 located in Cygnus. I took this image at Sandlot Observatory just a few hours after he found it.. The potential SN is marked in the image and is about 13.0 R Magnitude. Date 5-14-17
On March 11th, Gary Hug, B. W. Whitten, Justin Prochaska, David Cromer, and Russell Valentine worked together to remove the 27 inch mirror from the Tombaugh. Then Gary took it to get re-coated. It needed to be re-coating so much, that if you shined a light through back, you can see the light through the mirror.
On March 25th, Gary Hug, Bruce Caler, Justin Prochaska, David Cromer, and Russell Valentine worked to put the re-coated mirror back in the Tombaugh.
As an added benefit to the re-coating we now have a center point on the mirror to help aid in collimation.
To re-coat the secondary it had to be removed from it’s holder. The last picture is the secondary being glued back into the holder. After the secondary is done being glued, the scope can be collimated and used again.
Previously I often missed when a new post was made to the NEKAAL Observer. It does show up on the front page of nekaal.org and you can also probably subscribe with the observer software itself, but I was wanting another way to announce.
The NEKAAL Observer will now post a message to the Yahoo group when a new post is made.
A few nights ago I was working the early morning hours doing NEO follow-up when I happened upon an interesting variable star. The star seem to brighten within a few minutes then it decayed brightness over a 1/2 hour or so to its previous level. I thought it a nice specimen of a flare star after producing a light curve through Maxim DL software for the 2 hour period. Thing is, I can’t find it in flare star or even variable star catalogs. So It might be previously unknown. Either way I’m quite sure its a flare star (which generally are red dwarf stars with a very unpredictable rate). I’m going to try and monitor it again but it’s possible it only flares a few times a year, or months, or days, or who knows? Without more observations we be able won’t find a frequency. Right now it’s only up high enough 2-3 hours before dawn. But as we get into early 2017 it will be up longer in the night sky. RA = 12 35 39.6 Dec 39 00 30.3. It’s normal pre-flare magnitude is around 18.8 R. Flare peak is about 16.8 R