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Starbugs to replace spectrograph drill plates in telescopes

At our August meeting I presented a short on some new tech in astronomy. The featured device was something called a Starbug, which is a piezoelectric driven small robot. They are called bugs because the piezoelectric locomotion makes a buzzing sound when in operation. It is being applied to a system for configurable fiber optic … Continue reading Starbugs to replace spectrograph drill plates in telescopes

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BASS Meeting Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at SBO

Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at Sommer-Bausch Observatory (SBO), in the downstairs lab/classroom. The guest speaker will be Jacqueline Loerincs, from the Colorado School of Mines, on her experience at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, observing T Tauri stars in Orion. T Tauri’s are very young stars in the early stages of their formation … Continue reading BASS Meeting Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at SBO

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BASS Meeting Friday, July 15th, 7PM at SBO

Our guest speaker will be University of Hawaii researcher and professor, Dr. Bo Reipurth. He will talk about the creation and evolution of multiple-star systems (binary and triple stars, think Tatooine).  The telescope observing deck will be open for the standard Friday night open house after the meeting, weather permitting. Dr. Reipurth became fascinated by … Continue reading BASS Meeting Friday, July 15th, 7PM at SBO

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BASS Meeting Saturday, June 18th, 7PM at SBO

Flying a Satellite Our guest speaker will be David Wescott, a Software Engineer at Laboratory for  Atmospheric and Space Physics. He will be discussing his experience as a flight controller for  the commissioning of the  Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) spacecraft. After the talk, we will go up to the telescope observing deck, weather permitting. Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are all … Continue reading BASS Meeting Saturday, June 18th, 7PM at SBO

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BASS Meeting this Saturday, March 19th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Amateur Astronomy Series, Part 3, The Mount To start out 2016 on a fresh foot, we are linking a series of meetings on the practice of amateur astronomy and the making and testing of telescopes. We will approach this from the perspective of the hobbyist, for amateur in it’s classical definition means “for the love of … Continue reading BASS Meeting this Saturday, March 19th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

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BASS Meeting this Saturday, February 20th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Amateur Astronomy Series, Part 2, Building Up A Newtonian Telescope To start out 2016 on a fresh foot, we are linking a series of meetings on the practice of amateur astronomy and the making and testing of telescopes. We will approach this from the perspective of the hobbyist, for amateur in it’s classical definition means … Continue reading BASS Meeting this Saturday, February 20th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

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BASS Meeting this Saturday, January 16th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Amateur Astronomy Series, Part 1, Foucault Testing To start out 2016 on a fresh foot, we are going to link a series of meetings on the practice of amateur astronomy and the making and testing of telescopes. We will approach this from the perspective of the hobbyist, for amateur in it’s classical definition means “for … Continue reading BASS Meeting this Saturday, January 16th, at 7PM, Sommers-Bausch Observatory

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BASS Meeting this Saturday 12 December, 5-7:30 PM at Hartung’s

Annual Holiday Potluck Meeting 5:00-7:30 PM at the Hartung house in the Gunbarrel neighborhood of northeast Boulder. We are trying the idea of holding it a little earlier in the evening this year to allow people to move on to other holiday events if they find their calendars full of opportunities. Bring a dish, beverages … Continue reading BASS Meeting this Saturday 12 December, 5-7:30 PM at Hartung’s

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BASS Meeting this Saturday 21 November, 7PM at SBO, “The Big Picture”

BASS Meeting this Saturday 21st November, 7PM at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (SBO) on the CU Boulder campus. The feature talk will be “The Big Picture”. Some of you may be aware that BASS President Dr. Steve Hartung has taken a new position as a research scientist in a satellite imaging company. He will present on methods … Continue reading BASS Meeting this Saturday 21 November, 7PM at SBO, “The Big Picture”

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