February, 2018
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Universal Time Addison Oaks Sky At This Time Tom Hagen, Editor
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CLUB PRESIDENT:   Mark Jeffery  (248-828-4389)                                                             Email

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January 14, 2017

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  • The December meeting was at Dinosaur Hill location with video projector setup.  gave a presentation: 
  • Guests/visitors:  1 guest present
  • The February meeting will be held on the SECOND Sunday as usual,  February 11, 7-9 PM
 Past Events:  

      No Club events were scheduled, there was no Observing Report was received from Addison Oaks:  
Club Activities - Future
  • West Bloomfield Parks & Rec Full Moon Walk. Tuesday Jan 30 7:00 – 8:30 pm 4640 Walnut Lake Rd. West Bloomfield
  • Red Oaks Nature Center Astro Evening March 16 6:00-8:00
  • SEVEN PONDS ASTRONOMY CLUB- (click link)  John Lines invites OAC & Warren Club members to their observing events and activities.
  • Ford Multi-Club Picnic Island Lake       
  • Brandon Public Library (Indoor)           
  • Indpendence Oaks, Nature at Night        
  • Bald Mountain Rec Area (Meteors)        
  • Marshbank Campout, W Bloomfield      
  • Great Lakes Star Gaze                            
  • Astronomy on the Beach, Kensington     
  • Marshbank Star Party, W Bloomfield     
  • Red Oaks Nature Center, Madison Heights

Observing Night Contacts  -  Addison Oaks Site
These are nights for public and member viewing with the Club 17.5" scope available.   Designated members below should be contacted to meet at the site and open the gate to the observing deck.  Other dates by arrangement.    
                        February 16 or 17; Dana Tousley, 248-841-6528
February 9 or 10; Gary Dietz, 248-425-5753
Bill Girardin's sent his monthly roundup (see below) given with video projections.

Sky at a Glance


1-Feb Moon near Regulus.

9-Feb Zodiacal light at dusk. Look for pyramid of light.

11-Feb Mars Near Antares before dawn. Saturn above teapot.

23-Feb moon near Aldebaran. Occults

28-Feb Moon leads Regulus. Occults.


Snow (Sucker Fish) Moon

7-Feb Last 15-Feb New 23-Feb First No new
Interesting object to look for:

Oceanus Procellarum

2592 Diam/km

Ocean of Storms .
Largest Mare, very old.
10N 47W

Planets Even/Morn Direction Brightness Location

MERCURY Dusk WSW MAG -1.1 Superior conjunction on 2/17.

VENUS Dusk WSW MAG -3.8 Just past superior conjunction & difficult to see.

MARS Dawn S MAG 1.2 lower left of Jupiter above Scorpius.

JUPITER Night S MAG -2.1 Rises 2 AM first of month. In Libra.

SATURN Dawn SE MAG .5 Above Sagittarius.

URANUS Night WSW MAG 5.8 In Pisces.

NEPTUNE Dawn WSW MAG 7.9 Aquarius. Lost in Sun's afterglow


6 9 UT

Constellation Name & Background

Object Type Distance Name
LYNX The Mountain Cat

Nothing there. 7 stars non bright.
Named by Johannes Hevelius

Needed eyes like mountain lion.

The Twins
Alpha Star 46LY Castor. The horseman. Sextuple, Bright white.
Sons of Zues

Beta Star 36LY Pollux. The boxer. Brightest star. Golden color.
Brothers of Helen of Troy

M35 OC 2800LY 120 Stars.Western edge of Gemini.
Sailors asked for protection from storms

The Crab
Delta Star 52LY Multiple Star middle of constellation.
Summer Solstise, Tropic of Cancer

M44 OC 515LY Praesepe (Beehive). 75 stars.
Crab distracted Hercules in his fight

M67 OC 2700LY 65 Stars. Near Alpha Star.
with Hydra.

Little Dog
Alpha Star 11.4LY Procyon. Meaning before the dog(Sirius).
Smaller Constellation. Just 3 stars.

Next to Milky Way. Winter triangle with Betelguese & Sirius

The Unicorn
M50 OC 3000LY 1/3 Way between Sirius & Procyon.
Created 1624 by Jacob Bartsch

NGC2264 OC 2600LY Christmas Tree Cluster. E of Betelguese.
Creature played in rain as Noah loaded Arc.

Great Dog
Alpha Star 8.8LY Sirius. Fifth closest star. Brightest Apparent Mag.
Dog Days of Summer. Orion's hunting dogs

M41 OC 2400LY 50 stars. S of Sirius.
Sirius rises for Egyptian's new year.

Coincided with Nile flooding.

The Stern
M46 OC 5400LY Just above M47.
Part of Heavenly Waters area of the sky.

M47 OC 1600LY 9 deg. E of Sirius.
Stern portion of old constellation of Argo.

M93 OC 3600LY S of M46/47 almost of horizon.
Divided portion of Ptolemy's original 48

It was used by Jason & Argonauts to steal

Golden Fleece.

October Meeting Minutes     

Oakland Astronomy Club Monthly Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2018
D. Tousley, Secretary


President Mark Jeffery called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. An agenda was provided to all.
8 members and 1 guest were in attendance.

Observations & Presentations
Mark Jeffery – Wabar: Learning from the Middle of No-Where

Observing Night Contacts
View through the club’s 17.5” Dobsonian Scope at the Addison Oaks County Park, or bring your own.
Call the numbers listed below to verify viewing opportunities. (Weather permitting, one of the two nights will be chosen)

Jan 19-20 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Feb 19-20 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Feb 16-17 Dana Tousley 248.841.6528
Mar 9-10 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Mar 16-17 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753

Upcoming Events

West Bloomfield Parks & Rec Full Moon Walk. Tuesday Jan 30 7:00 – 8:30 pm 4640 Walnut Lake Rd. West Bloomfield
Red Oaks Nature Center Astro Evening March 16 6:00-8:00
FAAC Astronomy Conference & Swap Meet April 7 details tbd
MSU Tollgate Farms June 22-23 details tbd
Great Lakes Star Gaze September 6-9

Break time
Next month snack, tbd

The Sky-at-a-Glance
Dave Holt gave the report.

Club business:

Investigating trip to tour National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab at MSU
Gary showed completed end cover for club scope, will be crafting another for other end.
Next presentation: Comfortable cold weather viewing.

Adjournment: 8:45 p.m.

Next Meeting: February 11, Monthly OAC meeting – Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester




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