Solar Eclipse Cruise 1998 Aruba|
by Sandy Kunz
As our cruise ship, the Fascination, loomed into the harbor of Oranjestad,
the Dutch capital of Aruba, the palm trees graciously bowed to the warm
tropical winds. Oranjestad's Dutch architecture, a child's playhouse
of orange, yellow and blue, would host the February 1998 solar eclipse
on this West Indian island off the coast of Venezuela.
The island buzzed in eager anticipation. Numerous astronomical groups
positioned themselves at various optimal sites on the island or at sea.
We all nervously watched as cascades of clouds jealously skirted across
A Tracking Mount for Astrophotography
by Clayton Kessler
As I was planning my recent vacation in Tucson, I realized that the ability
to do some astrophotography while I was there was very important to me.
Unfortunately I was flying, and luggage restraints precluded carrying
my Meade 8" SCT. I spent a fair amount of time researching the portable
At first, I thought I would build a classic "Barn Door" mount. I have
seen these work very well with normal and wide angle lenses. Upon reflection
I thought that a more sophisticated system would be more useful in the
by Larry Kalinowski
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth on May 1, making the month of
April the best time to start observing this mysterious planet. The planet
will reach 16.2 arcseconds in diameter, giving everyone a chance to see
some of those dark surface markings and polar caps that we usually only
see in books and past photos.
Intel, the company that produces a computer chip that every computer should
have inside, really made a big splash. The PENTIUM III, the next improvement
in computer chips, was designed to identify its owner when ever interrogated
Minutes of Meeting
by LoriAnn Skonieczny
by Joe Van Poucker
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
February of 1999. Please extend them a warm welcome.
1 Year Anniversaries for April
- Steve Begovich Orion, MI
- Jim & Mary Moffat Rochester Hills, MI
- Frank J. Poma Fraser, MI
2 Year Anniversary for April
- Bill Bernauer Southgate, MI
- Michael J. Narlock Sterling Heights, MI
- Steven Wasson Livonia, MI
- Victor Singh & Family Redford, MI
NASA's Stardust spacecraft had a successful launch atop a Delta II rocket
from Cape Canaveral in Florida, on Sunday, February 7, 1999, at 4:04 p.m.
This is the first U.S. mission destined for a comet and the first-ever
by Joe Van Poucker
Last month I submitted a Member's Anniversary column to the WASP. It
has been brought to my attention that some off the anniversary dates are
wrong. After further inspection of the Membership Database, that was
handed down to me when I took over the position of treasurer this year,
it appears that there is a big gap in the dates listed for when a member
joined. I would like to get this updated so we have an accurate record
of our memberships. I am going to try and continue posting the members
anniversaries with the information I have. If you see your name in the
article and know that it is wrong please contact me with the correct information.
Although phone calls are not a problem I would prefer an e-mail to
or that you get with me at one of the meetings. Thanks for your cooperation.
Corrections reported to me for this Month are: Doug & Robin Bock -
26 years with club.