Author Archives: Bob Vickers

2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

On the evening of 11 August 2016, I set my alarm for 2 a.m. which came all too soon. I peeked out the back door to see clear skies so I got dressed and went out for a better look. … Continue reading

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Bells Bend Outdoor Center

Back on 13 May 2016, on a business trip to Nashville, Melissa and I took a side trip to nearby Bells Bend Outdoor Center. The center is located on the West side of Nashville, in an oxbow of the Cumberland … Continue reading

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Galaxy Groups & Clusters – April through October 2016

On 28 April 2016, I observed GG&C Trio #17, a string of three well spaced galaxies, two bright and one dim. All three fit into the 21.3 minute field of view of my 9mm Televue Nagler. Both N2856 and N2854 … Continue reading

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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

On April 23 of last year, I looked out my window and saw two Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks on the backyard feeder. Never having seen one here before (or anywhere else for that matter), they were new life birds for me. One … Continue reading

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Ichetucknee Springs and O’Leno State Parks, Florida

Back in late March of 2016, Melissa and I drove to Florida again to visit our son and his wife and their newborn twin girls. While we were there, I took the opportunity to do some hiking in a couple … Continue reading

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Jupiter Double Shadow Transit

On the evening of 14 March 2016 it was a clear and cool 55 degrees. I went out to the observatory to look at Jupiter for a while before going to bed and immediately saw two moons on the following … Continue reading

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Snowbird Partial Albinism?

On 22 January 2016 I awoke to a light snowfall. I estimated it to be about two inches deep when I went out to fill the bird feeder. Returning inside I looked out the window where several Dark-eyed Slate-colored Juncos … Continue reading

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The Great 2016 Sandhill Crane Expedition

Way back in mid January, Melissa and I drove to the Hiwassee National Wildlife Refuge near Dayton, Tennessee to see the Sandhill Cranes that winter there. The weather was cold but clear and the trees and fields sparkled with frost … Continue reading

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Galaxy Groups & Clusters – January through March 2016

Here are some more GG&C observations for early 2016. The first three are from January 1st. Abell #1 (Abell14) was pretty challenging and I could only see two of the six listed galaxies and both were extremely dim. Hickson 22 … Continue reading

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Catch-Up Post #3

I have added twelve sketches to my Galaxy Groups & Clusters page, beginning with Additional Galaxy Group #1 (AKA IC5370 group). This is a small, irregular chain of five galaxies, all of which were only visible with averted vision. Next … Continue reading

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Kayaking on the Santa Fe River, FL

At the end of March, Melissa and I drove to Florida again to visit our son and daughter-in-law Dan and Sunny. While we were there Dan and I went kayaking on the Santa Fe River which is very near where … Continue reading

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Eagle Viewing Trip to Reelfoot Lake, TN

Last Friday, I drove to Reelfoot Lake State Park in the northwest corner of Tennessee. It was an 80 mile drive from home and took about an hour and forty-five minutes. The lake was frozen all around the edges and … Continue reading

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