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Episode 134In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the editor of the new book, Planetary Astronomy: Observing, imaging, and studying the planets- Christophe Pellier.Not since the book “Introduction to Observing and Photographing the Solar System”, by Thomas Dobbins, Donald Parker and Charles Capen, so well des…
 
Episode 133In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Comets Section Coordinator Carl Hergenrother.Carl again comes on the podcast to bring us The Comets of 2022, which is always one of our most popular podcasts and his contact information.You can contact Carl at:carlhergenrother@gmail.comALPO Comets Sec…
 
Episode 132In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Solar Section Coordinator, Rik Hill about telescopes and what first time buyers should look for. You can contact Rik at:rhill@lpl.arizona.eduYou can visit Rik’s website here;https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~rhill/jlobs.htmlFor more information you can visit th…
 
Episode Supplemental 12102021In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids will next peak on the December 13/14, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 78% full. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Shower…
 
Episode 131In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Chief Executive Director of The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), Stella Kafka.The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific…
 
Episode 130In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the President of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society and coordinator of the Winter Star Party, Russ Brick.Russ gives us a brief history of the Winter Star Party and what we can expect at the event this year, and contact information.You can contact Russ at:…
 
Episode 129In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to Keith Spring, the ALPO Eclipse Section coordinator about the November 19, 2021 Partial Lunar eclipse, and contact information.You can contact Keith at:star.man13@hotmail.comSend your eclipse observations to:eclipse@alpo-astronomy.orgLunar Eclipse Danjon Scale:…
 
Episode 128In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Uranus Section Coordinator, Richard Schmude. Richard gives us a brief history of the Uranus Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the various observing programs available, and contact information.You …
 
Episode 127In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Mercury Section Coordinator, Frank Melilo. Frank gives us a brief history of the Mercury Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the various observing programs available, and contact information.You can…
 
Episode 126In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, ALPO Lunar coordinator, Alberto Anunziato from Argentina gives a talk recorded during the recent ALPO Conference.Alberto discusses Amateur studies of Lunar Wrinkle Ridges, and contact information.You can download his charts here:http://www.cometman.net/alpo/Alberto2021.pdfYou can contact…
 
Episode 125In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the President of Meade Instruments and Orion Telescope Peter Moreo, regarding the recent merger of the two companies.Peter gives us a brief history of the two companies and what brought on the merger as well as future plans for the companies, and contact infor…
 
Episode 124In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Jupiter Section Assistant Coordinator, Richard Schmude. Richard gives us a brief history of the Jupiter Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the various observing programs available, and contact info…
 
Episode 123In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Saturn Section Coordinator, Julius Benton.Julius gives us a brief history of the Saturn Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the upcoming opposition of Saturn on August 2, 2021, and contact informati…
 
Episode 122In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids will next peak on the Aug 11-12, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 13% full. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Showers, how and where to obs…
 
Episode 120In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Lunar Section Coordinator, David Teske about the ALPO Lunar section. David gives us a brief history of the Lunar Section, how to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contact information.You can contact David at:drteske@yahoo.comThe link …
 
Episode 121In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Board member Ken Poshedly. Tim and Ken discuss the upcoming 2021 ALPO Virtual conference, and how you can participate!The dates will be Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, 2021. The conference will be on ZOOM and it will also be Live Streamed on th…
 
Episode 119In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to Pam Shivak about the upcoming International SUNday events happening around the world and how anyone can become involved with the section, and contact information.You can contact Pam at:PamelaShivak@yahoo.comFor the latest information from the International SUN…
 
Episode 118In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to Keith Spring, the ALPO Eclipse Section coordinator about two upcoming eclipses, and contact information.You can contact Keith at:star.man13@hotmail.comSend your eclipse observations to:eclipse@alpo-astronomy.orgFor the latest information on the eclipses you ca…
 
Episode 117In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Dr. Jonathan Gardner is the Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space TelescopeJonathan gives us a brief history of the James Webb Space Telescope, and contact information.You can contact Jonathan at:jonathan.p.gardner@nasa.govThe link for t…
 
Episode 116In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Lyrids and eta Aquariids meteor showers peaking the evening of April 21-22, 2021 and May 4-5 2021. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Showers, how and where to observe and details on repor…
 
Episode 115In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Editor of the JALPO Ken Poshedly. Ken gives us a brief history of the Journal and what’s in the latest issue, and contact information.If you would like a FREE PDF copy of the latest Journal of the ALPO, please send me an email at: cometman@cometman.netYou …
 
Episode 114In this encore episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson chats with past ALPO Training Program graduate and ALPO member Steve Tzikas.Steve talks about his involvement in the training program and his experiences in going through it. Steve also give us an insight into his other passion in Astronomy, Radio Telescopes.You…
 
Episode 113In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Youth Section Coordinator Pam Shivak. Pam gives us an update on what’s happening in the New ALPO Youth Section and how anyone can become involved with the section, and contact information.You can contact Pam at:PamelaShivak@yahoo.comFor the latest inf…
 
Episode 112In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the recently appointed ALPO Lunar coordinator, Alberto Anunziato from Argentina.Alberto discusses how he got interested in astronomy, and what his role is in the ALPO Lunar Section, and when we can expect in the future, and contact information.You can contact …
 
Episode 111In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Solar Section Coordinator, Rik Hill. Rik gives us an update on what’s happening on the Sun and the latest on the Solar Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the various observing programs available, a…
 
Episode 110In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Amateur astronomer and author Bill Paolini.Color filters are one of the best accessories one can use to bring out the fine details of planetary observing. Bill has written a very good article in Cloudy Nights and he comes on the podcast to discuss it.You c…
 
Episode 109In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Comets Section Coordinator Carl Hergenrother.Carl again comes on the podcast to bring us The Comets of 2021, which is always one of our most popular podcasts and his contact information.You can contact Carl at:carlhergenrother@gmail.comALPO Comets Sec…
 
Episode 108In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Lunar Section Coordinator Jerry Hubbell on a new ALPO Observing Section, Exoplanets.Jerry discusses what that all means and how amateur astronomers can assist in the study ExoPlanets, and when we can expect in the future, and contact information.You c…
 
Episode 107In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Geminids meteor shower peaking the evening of December 4-17 2020. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Shower, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contac…
 
Episode 106In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Comet Section Coordinator, Carl Hergenrother about the upcoming Comets Atlas and Eramus. Carl gives us a brief description of what we might expect and, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contact information.You can con…
 
Episode 105In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, recorded live during our 2020 ALPO Virtual Conference Carl Hergenrother on the Comets of 2020 and OSIRIS-Rex. You can contact Carl at:carlhergenrother@gmail.comThe ALPO YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmixiL-d5k2Fx27Ijfk41A/The link for the Carl’s slides:http://www.comet…
 
Episode 104In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Orionids meteor shower peaking the evening of October 20/21 2020. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Shower, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contac…
 
Episode 103In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Mars Section Coordinator, Roger Venable. Roger gives us a brief history of the Mars Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the upcoming opposition of Mars on October 14, 2020, and contact information.Y…
 
Episode 102In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Board member Ken Poshedly. Tim and Ken discuss the upcoming 2020 ALPO Virtual conference and how you can participate!ALPO Website: http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/Tim Robertson: cometman@cometman.netZOOM: https://zoom.us/ALPO YouTube Channel: https://ww…
 
Episode 101In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Venus Section Coordinator, Julius Benton. Julius gives us a brief history of the Venus Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the upcoming ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury will fly-past Venus in late August…
 
Episode 100In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Comet Discoverer, David Levy about his life and interests.David Levy’s email address:Eureka.insteadofecho@icloud.comFor more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/The ALPO YouTube page:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmixi…
 
Episode 99In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower and the Persieds Meteor Shower.Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Showers, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and co…
 
Episode 98In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Lunar Section Coordinator Jerry Hubbell on a recent paper he published called “A Comparison of the Diffuser Method Versus the Defocus Method for Performing High-Precision Photometry with Small Telescope Systems”Jerry discusses exactally what that all m…
 
Episode 97In this SUPERSIZED episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Saturn Section Coordinator, Julius Benton and Carl Hergenrother on Comet NEOWISE! Julius gives us a brief history of the Saturn Section and discusses what type of equipment is needed to contribute to the section, and also the upcoming opposition …
 
Episode 96In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Astronomer and ALPO member John ONeal.John discusses how he got interested in astronomy, and how he plans and organizes his nightly observing sessions, and contact information.You can contact John at:kohamher1@yahoo.comJohn’s Website:http://www.ncstargazer.…
 
Episode 95In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Greg Bragg from CelestronGreg discusses how he got interested in astronomy, his experiences in telescope sales and all of the star parties that he has attended, and contact information.You can contact Greg at:gbragg@celestron.comCelestron website:https://ww…
 
Episode 94In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Solar Observer, Theo Ramakers. Theo discusses how he got interested in solar observing and some of his techniques, and contact information.You can contact Theo at:theo@ceastronomy.orgTheo’s website:http://ceastronomy.org/tramakersFor more information you ca…
 
Episode 93In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Comet Section Coordinator, Carl Hergenrother about the upcoming Comet Atlas 2019 Y4... and more. Carl gives us a brief description of what we might expect and, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contact information.You …
 
Episode 92In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Lyrids meteor shower peaking the evening of April 21-22, 2020. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Shower, how and where to observe and details on reporting your observations, and contact in…
 
Episode 91In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim has a Round Table discussion with members of the ALPO staff, Julius Benton, Ken Poshedly, Bob Lunsford, and Jim Melka.For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can join the ALPO here:https://store.astroleague.org/index.php?main_page=produc…
 
Episode 90In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to amateur telescope builder Zane Landers. You can contact Zane on Instagram at:@ZDLandersCloudy Nights Article website:https://www.cloudynights.com/articles/cat/articles/a-look-at-the-future-of-amateur-telescope-makers-r3228For more information you can visit the …
 
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