WASP
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The Warren Astronomical Society Paper
WAS
Volume 32, Number 6June, 2000

astro chatter Astro Chatter
by Larry Kalinowski

Astronomy day started miserably last month here in Michigan. There was two inches of snow on the ground when I peeked out the window that morning. Deep down inside I was kind of hoping the whole star party would be called off at Stoney Creek Metropark. The members that showed up for the Cranbrook site had the comfort of settling down indoors in the museum and I was tempted to head there instead of Stoney. But, believe it or not, by noon, the snow showed signs of being completely melted and the weather man was talking about clear skies for the evening. It was going to be cold that day but not miserably cold. The clouds began breaking up by mid-afternoon and it looked like one of those crisp winter skies just might develop. I grabbed my five cell flashlight (for pointing out constellations) and CCD camera and headed for Stoney about six o'clock. Sure enough, by the time I got there the sky was clear as a bell. Five or six members had [continued]

icon Minutes of Meetings
by John Herrgott


New Members
by Joe Van Poucker


Borr Telescope Rededication
by G. M. Ross

The Borr Telescope at the James C. Veen Observatory will be re-dedicated on 24 June. Richard Teske, retired from U. of M. will be coming from Virginia to give a second dedication address per June, 1970. There will be a GRAAA [continued]

SMURFS 2000 !
by Joe Van Poucker

Hey everyone....it's here!!! Go to www.aldeberan.com for S.M.U.R.F.S. 2000!

I am in the process of creating a S.M.U.R.F.S. page with a few more details. But for the time being this will have to suffice. Below are a few details that most people will want to know about. [continued]

The Swap Shop
by Larry Kalinowski

This column is for those who are interested in buying, trading or selling items. Call 810-776-9720 (larrykalinowski@yahoo.com) if you want to put an item for sale or trade in this section of the WASP. The ad will run for six months. The month and year the ad will be removed, is also shown. [continued]

Pictures from Club Events
by Larry Kalinowski




astro chatter Astro Chatter, continued

already begun putting their 'scopes together and the public was starting to trickle in. All in all, even with cold weather, the public made a good showing and so did we. I was able to get a few pictures before the Sun went down and they were e-mailed to Jeff Bondono and Jamie Judd for publication. Hopefully, some of those pics will be in this issue of the WASP or available for viewing on our web site.

I was there, only briefly, for the Wilkenson Middle School star party. The lecture portion, given by Ken Bertin, was attended by nearly a hundred youngsters and adults. Observing began before the lecture and continued after, until about 10:30 P.M.. The first quarter Moon and three naked eye planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, made the evening's show. The school donated $50 to our treasury for their evening's entertainment.

New orbital elements for Comet Linear (C/1999 S4) have been downloaded from Harvard University. I'm not going to print a map for this element set yet, but I will include them with this column for those of you that have the ability to display them with a planetarium program. The comet is still in the eleventh magnitude range and won't be visible in small telescopes until June.

Comet Linear C/1999 S4
Perihelion date (T) = 2000 JUL 26.16
Orbit eccentricty (e) = 1.000096
Perihelion distance (q) = 0.765052 AU
Argument of Perihelion = 151.0535 Deg.
Ascending (Node) = 83.1828 Deg.
Inclination (i) = 149.3863 Deg.
Absolute Magnitude = 7.0
Magnitude Coefficient = 10.0
Epoch = J2000

The May computer meeting will be held at Gary Gathen's home on Thursday, the 25th. His address is 21 Elm Park. Three blocks south of the I-696 expressway and about half a block west of Woodward in Pleasant Ridge. The June computer meeting will be on the 22nd. You can reach Gary at 248-543-3366 for further information.

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icon Minutes of Meetings

Macomb, April 20, 2000

Cranbrook, May 1, 2000

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Borr Telescope Rededication, continued

dinner at Cannonsburg Lodge the previous evening. All the great and near-great have been invited, and we are casting the net wide into Michigan astronomy. Kissing Rock Farm, 1 km. from the Observatory, can handle a reasonable number of sleep-overs on a mediaeval level of comfort. Information? Email alexchem@hotmail.com, call (616) 776-7678 or email gmr@wmis.net. See also the web site of the Grand Rapids Association.

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New Members

The thing that makes the Warren Astronomical Society a great are its members. We are very happy to announce the following new members who joined during January of 2000. Please extend them a warm welcome. W.A.S. Anniversaries for March 2000:
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SMURFS 2000 !, continued

The S.M.U.R.F.S 2000 Dates are July 24th-30th The admission Price Will Be $20.00 per individual, and $25.00 per family. (this is the entire time) There will be a Saturday afternoon Pig Roast this year to commemorate SMURFS 11 year anniversary and to give a personal thanks from all of us to all of you for making SMURFS what it is today. Thank You! There will be (hopefully) a new shower system More Porta-Potties A Larger Dumpster An Entire Week Of Clear Skies. (not promised ;) ) We Are In the Planning Stage of alot more kids activities There Will be a 'in-the-works' 69m Radio Interferometer (I hope) Camp Spots will be first come first serve A rocket Launch. We have made arrangements for a 4500 foot ceiling height. Yes, I said 4500 ft. We have a few rockets in the 'H' class requiring level-1 certification. The Current SMURFS committed has ALOT of things in the planning stage Door Prizes Will Be Alot Better Than in the Past More Details To Follow.......

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The Swap Shop, continued

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Pictures from Club Events
(Click on an image for a larger version)

Blaine

Mike

Dave

Steve

Joe and Jeff


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