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David Lee Summers is the author of eight published novels along with numerous short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror. David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, which tells the story of a band of vampire mercenaries who fight evil, and Owl Dance, which is a wild west steampunk adventure. He has two new novels slated for 2016, The Brazen Shark, which is the third in his steampunk series, and The Astronomer’s Crypt, which is a contemporary horror novel set at an astronomical observatory.
His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Apocalypse 13. In 2010, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. In addition to writing, David edited the quarterly science fiction and fantasy magazine Tales of the Talisman for ten years and has edited three science fiction anthologies: A Kepler’s Dozen, Space Pirates and Space Horrors. When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Learn more about David at davidleesummers.com
Getting back to doing some LIVE episodes. Tonight we are going to be covering my observing report for the month of October, of course we will be discussing new products, and wrapping up this episode with recommended objects for the month of November.
All this and MORE, on this episode of At The Eyepiece.
Victoria Blythe combines jazz, folk and pop music into original songs in a style uniquely her own. This Award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist's thrilling vocals have been compared to Alison Krauss, Joni Mitchell and Evanescence. Her song "Dancing with You" won the West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year award and has appeared in a number of movies and on TV. She performs solo and with her Americana band "Calaveras" which she founded with her partner Greg Beattie. She will join us thsi Friday
Polaris Rose is a Los Angeles Alt Rock duo comprised of Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse. They emerged onto the LA scene in the Fall of 2013 with the release of their debut EP, "The Moon & its Secrets" and released their debut single, “Goddess” in February of this year. Their follow-up single,"Hurricanes" was followed by “Ocean Songs” on April 22nd, 2014. Following the release of their third single"OceanEnding", the band was voted ‘LA Artist of the Month’ on LA Deli Magazine. The duo’s debut full-length "Telescopes" is coming this November. The first single, “Perfect View” is currently available and we talk with them this Friday
We cover some new entries into the world of Electronically Assisted Astronomy and discuss the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse
Atik Infinity http://attheeyepiece.blogspot.com/2015/08/atik-cameras-releases-entry-into-eaa.html
Starlight Xpress Ultrastar - http://attheeyepiece.blogspot.com/2015/09/starlight-xpress-introduces-ultrastar.html
Solar Ruler - http://thesolarexplorer.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=42
Opticsmart - www.opticsmart.com
Explore Scientific NEW Dobsonians! - http://explorescientificusa.com/collections/dobsonians
As THOUSANDS of people across the WORLD take part in the WorldWide Solstice Festival, we'll be sharing and discussing just a few of the FANTASTIC images and news of the events here on this episode of At The Eyepiece. We may also have founders of the WorldWide Solstice Festival, Pamela Shivak and John W ONeal II call in as well and share how their individual outreach events are going LIVE on the air!
Have a Solstice Festival, or post solar or solstice related photos! It's that easy!
Join the SOLARACTIVITY Facebook group for more worldwide events and post up your images!
Our goal to share our love of all things solar with as many people as possible, to extend our reach, to cross cultural and ethnic lines, to share with the masses. Art, music, good food and good company will bring many more people to us and our telescopes, than an ad in a local paper advertising an astronomy outreach program.
The festival will encompass BOTH solstice dates. In June, northern hemisphere participants can do outside venues while Southern Hemisphere participants can schedule indoor activities, if weather warrants that. On the December date, we northerners can host indoor or virtual events and presentations while, our southern hemisphere participants can host their WORLDWIDE SOLSTICE FESTIVAL during their local summertime.
If there is no local festival in your area, clubs and individuals can partner with Metroparks, civic groups and/or business interests to start their own festival. You can invite musicians, bands, artists, crafts people, food vendors, solar power representatives, etc. Let your imagination be your guide! You can partner with Metroparks, Museums, libraries, your local NASA office, etc, etc
We have the joy of bringing to you Mike Phillips today to discuss planetary imaging techniques. Mike has been an amateur astronomer for many years, and is quite accomplished for his planetary imaging and even his deep-sky work. In addition to imaging, he was instrumental in launching the Google+ Hangout series called Virtual Star Parties with Fraser Cain (Universe Today Editor) a few years back. You can see Mike, and the Newtonian telescope he BUILT here on the official video that Google used to promote their Hangouts feature for Google+. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agrdjd0nyFo
So get your pencils and notebooks ready gang to learn some great stuff on this special episode of At The Eyepiece!
NEAF 2015 Links
SkyWatcher USA - http://www.skywatcherusa.com/maksutov.html
Meade LX70s http://www.meade.com/products/telescopes/lx70-series.html
Denkmeier L O A 21 - http://www.deepskybinoviewer.com/
Televue Delites - http://www.televue.com/engine/TV3b_page.asp?id=238#.VT6n12TF_FY
iOptron CEM 120 - https://www.astronomics.com/ioptron-cem120-goto-computerized-wifi-mount-head_p20289.aspx
NEAF 2015 YouTube Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcVuXLKQJwBcy2SpcE9PmHGtGMCdjdY-t
Galaxies on the Edge
NGC 3115, NGC 3190, NGC 4565, NGC 4754, NGC 4302
Lunar X Date - May 25 10:55 EST 07:55 PST
NEW Mallincam SkyRaider-DS http://www.mallincam.net/skyraider-ds.html
NEW and IMPROVED SmartAstronomy Clearview Portable Observatory Tent http://store.smartastronomy.com/poobte.html
NEW Astronomics Astro-Tech 14" Carbon Fiber RC f8 https://www.astronomics.com/astro-tech-14-f8-carbon-fiber-truss-ritcheychrtien_p20181.aspx
ZWO ASI Imaging Cameras NEW Website http://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/
Saturn at Opposition May 22nd http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/splashy-saturn-at-its-best-and-brightest05202015/
July 5th 2015 Global SUN-Day https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalSUNday/
SolarActivity Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/solaractivity/
NEAF 2015 April 18-19 ! http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.html
Astronomy Day April 25th with the Astronomical League https://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astrodayform.html
Global Astronomy Month Events by Astronomers Without Borders! http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/
NEW astro-stuff from Orion! http://www.telescope.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&siteCode=US&keyword=new
Best messier marathon planning site! http://www.richardbell.net/marathon.html
Jupiter Events part 2 (Times for Central Daylight Savings Time)
Jupiter reached opposition February 6th, so that means its prime time for viewing and imaging this fascinating gas-giant. Tonight I cover all the interesting events visible on Jupiter for the first half of March 2015. These will include Great Red Spot Transits as well as Galilean Moon Transits. All times are in central time zone, which is easier for beginners to understand and adjust for their own locality than giving these times in Universal Time in my opinion, and for seasoned observers, well you can figure that out as well.
So get out and observe Jupiter my fellow backyard stargazers!
The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project (CBSAP) is the worlds LARGEST astronomy outreach 501(c)3 nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting science literacy by sharing the fascinating science of our Sun. This organization brings observatory quality, narrowband solar telescopes and imaging equipment to over 150 schools and events per year. In 2012 they personally reached over 150,000 students and adults in 5 countries. They share, completely free of charge, live views of Sunspots, Solar Flares, Prominences, Filaments and other fiery magnetic phenomena near the surface of our nearest star, safely, and in three different wavelengths of light. Everyone are usually blown away by the incredible views of the Sun through these state of the art telescopes and cameras. Participants receive solar viewing glasses absolutely free at the event too, and in some cases can even bring home their own images of the Sun taken with these instruments!
This organizing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so in order to keep these public events completely free of charge, they need your help financially. Stephen Ramsden, the director and creator of CBSAP, will be live on air to answer your questions about science, solar astronomy, our Sun, his equipment etc. He is PASSIONATE about solar astronomy folks, and you will be captivated by hearing more about what he does, and his organization does each and every year to promote science, and in particular Solar astronomy to anyone and everyone.
In addition to Stephen, we will be joined by some of his busiest Solar Ambassadors from around the WORLD that will call in and share their own personal stories about sharing our Sun with others.
Their official site is http://www.solarastronomy.org/ check them out!
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