Upcoming AAS Events

20 Dec 2014 6:00 PM • Canyon of the Eagles, Eagle Eye Observatory
21 Dec 2014 6:00 PM • Art Science Gallery on Springdale Road
09 Jan 2015 7:30 PM • UT Austin Campus ETC Building Rm 2.136

Questar 3.5 with Sony NEX-5N at prime focus ISO 200 for 1/60 sec. Deconvolved in Lynkeos, final adjustments in Photoshop. The plane is about 75 miles away.
Image of the Month - Rob Pettengill
Jet gets a close view of Solar Eclipse

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DIY Exoplanet Detection with a Barn Door Tracker


Are you a "maker astronomer"? David Schneider describes his success in building an exoplanet tracker with a homemade barn door tracker and DSLR in IEEE Spectrum. With an inexpensive 2nd hand telephoto lens, free software, and a simple spreadsheet to do the differential photometery. David compared his target to nearby reference stars and was able to detect the gas giant HD 189733.

 Austin Clear Sky Chart  Eagle Eye Observatory Clear Sky Chart
   

The Sky This Month
by Rob Pettengill

Deep sky observers should check out Brian Cuthbertson's Observing Targets for December.

Fall is a great time for DSOs if you head out of town at a site like Eagle Eye Observatory

There's lot's to see from urban skies as well, with two meteor showers in December and a rare triple transit of Jupiter's moon shadows in January.

Solar System Events
  December
 Full Moon 6
 Geminid Meteor Shower 13-14
 Last Quarter Moon 14
 New Moon 22
 Ursids Meteor Shower 22-23
 First Quarter Moon 29
  January
 Full Moon 4
 Last Quarter Moon 13
 Mercury maximum elongation in evening 14
 New Moon 20
 Jupiter tripple shadow transit begins 12:18AM 24
 First Quarter Moon 26

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