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2 STAR STUFF Page B 2; ;?; C ; #, - /? //#. D # D ( D? 5D ; &,&* ( #? #($ ( # /, /, &. & -* <& ( 2 &, #5. * ( 222 % = > & ( %A % = 7 6E $ ( F G 2 HI11I1 B 2 B 22 )0. J J J J 6 ( Astronomy 101 Retirement by Greg Burnett,, 22 ' 1 % %.5 >440% D % # 2 * ' A ) % 44B% A & % STAR STUFF NOVEMBER-DECEMBER VOL NO. 11 STAR STUFF is published eleven times each year by the FORD AMATEUR ASTRONOMY CLUB P.O. Box 7527 Dearborn MI PRESIDENT: VICE PRESIDENT: SECRETARY: TREASURER: CLUB INFORMATION NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Dale Ochalek Don Klaser Bob MacFarland Gordon Hansen Greg Burnett The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club holds regular general meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month, except for the combined November/December meeting held on the first Thursday of December. Meetings are held in the Administrative Services and Conference Center building at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. Refer to our website for a map and directions. The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club observes at Spring Mill Pond within the Island Lake State Recreation Area near Brighton, Michigan. The club maintains an after-hours permit, and observes on Friday and Saturday nights, and nights before holidays, weather permitting. Observing schedules and additional information are available by calling the FAAC Observing Hotline at , on the Ford Intranet at and on the public internet at Membership in the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club is open to anyone with an interest in amateur astronomy. Membership fees are as follows: Annual New Member: $30 ($15 after July 1) Annual Renewal: $25 ($30 after January 31) Life Membership: $150 Membership includes the STAR STUFF newsletter, discounts on ASTRONOMY and SKY & TELESCOPE magazines, discounts at selected area equipment retailers, and after-hours access to the Island Lake observing site. MAGAZINE DISCOUNTS Do not send money to the FAAC for ASTRONOMY or SKY & TELESCOPE magazine subscriptions. Obtain a discount form from the club secretary and send the form directly to the publisher with your subscription to receive a $10 discount. STAR STUFF NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Your submissions to STAR STUFF are more than welcome Send all items to the editor at preferably in MS-Word format, but in-line text is fine too. STAR STUFF will usually go to press the weekend prior to the week of each general meeting. Submissions received prior to that weekend will be included in that issue.
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6 STAR STUFF Page 6 The Second Annual FAAC Swap Meet Needs a Home by Jim Frisbie $ & $ 8 D % $ ' Q011 % 225 I90BB0B IHK Astronomical Calendar by Jim Frisbie # $ %# 4 Sa Last Quarter Moon 5 Su Venus near Mars 7 Tu Moon occults Jupiter 9 Th Moon near Mars Moon near Venus 11 Sa New Moon 18 Sa First Quarter Moon 21 Tu Solstice - 7:42 AM 26 Su Full Moon 28 Tu Moon near Saturn Mercury near Venus 29 We Mercury at Greatest Elongation West 1 Sa Earth at Perihelion 3 Mo Last Quarter Moon (12:41 pm) Quadrantid Meteor Shower Jupiter near Moon 4 Tu Moon near Spica 7 Fr Mars near Moon 8 Sa Mercury near Moon 9 Su Venus near Moon 10 Mo New Moon (7:02 am) 13 Th Saturn at Opposition Mercury near Venus 17 Mo First Quarter Moon (1:58 am) 25 Tu Full Moon (5:31 am) 31 Mo Jupiter near Moon /#;# 5552 STAR STUFF Submissions by Greg Burnett 2*<,, ), 2 2,22 2* <,, S 8 A 2* <,, T T %&5 *2I 6 = S / ).#4()(' 6 > &$ = 2. %&5 *2I( > 5 Treasurer s Report by Gordon Hansen Bank Accounts Checking $ Savings $ TOTAL Bank Accounts $ Cash Accounts Cash Account $ TOTAL Cash Accounts $ Asset Accounts FERA Ticket Sales $ - GLAAC $ Projector $ Scholarship $ Swap Meet $ TOTAL Asset Accounts $ 1, OVERALL TOTAL $ 2,458.65
7 STAR STUFF Page 7 Eclipse and Aurora Photos / 7- John Kirchhoff John Kirchhoff Dale Ochalek Tony Licata Matt Gasperoni November-December 2004 Copyright 2004 Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Vol. 13 No. 11
8 Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Star Stuff Newsletter P.O. Box 7527 Dearborn MI Store Hours: M-F 10am-9pm SAT 10am-6pm SUN Noon-5pm Gen. Manager: John Kirchhoff Website: Five Mile Road Livonia MI Tele: (734) FAX: (734) Factory Authorized TeleVue Sale Ends December 31st Save big $$$ on all TeleVue Nagler and Radian eyepieces. Type 6 Naglers... now only $240 ea. All Radians $ ea