News Archive


MHO amateur radio astronomers attend the 2011 Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers Conference at the Green Bank, West Virginia NRAO site. More info on the blog.


MHO 'cooks' get married. Congratulations to Wes Fowler and Kris Harmon!


MHO has a new blog for posting SID radio data and other observations. See it here. Special thanks to Brian and Debra Chaffin for getting it online.


New McMath Hulbert Facebook page now online. See it here.


Observatory volunteers successfully complete repairs to the vacuum chamber enclosure. See the project archive page for the details.


Observatory volunteers successfully complete masonry repairs. See the project archive page for the details.


The annual Lake Angelus fireworks show was thrilling for the many visitors at McMath-Hulbert Observatory. See photos.


Skies were clear for the the transit of Venus with several visitors enjoying the show. See photos.


Observatory volunteers visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Very Large Array) near Socorro, NM. See photos.


Conditions were excellent for the total lunar eclipse with several visitors enjoying the show. See photos.


Several members of the University Lowbrow Astronomers club visited the observatory to learn its history and current activities. See photo.


The Second Sunday SIG had its first meeting. The discussion involved using wireless data communication as a cost effective method for gaining internet access. Thanks to Ken Grundberg and Tom Hagen for setting up the Second Sunday SIG.


A newer 10" Meade LX-200 computerized telescope is installed in tower 2 for continued development of remote science capabilities.


New hydrogen-alpha images and video are available. The alignment of the energy-rejection filter and rear filter was corrected and contrast is reported to be much better.

Still images captured using afocal method with a Nikon Coolpix 995 camera attached to a 32mm eyepiece.

Prominence still 1
Prominence still 2

Video captured with a SuperCircuits PC23C black and white video camera. Some circular patterns are noted in the contrast-enhanced sunspot video. This is usually caused by some dust on the glass that covers the camera's CCD chip.

Prominence Time Lapse Video
Sunspot Time Lapse Video


Bill Blevins installed the Daystar ATM hydrogen-alpha filter on the Meade LX-200 telescope in tower 2. He captured video of a small prominence and sunspot. The specks on the sunspot video are dust on the video camera CCD chip.

Prominence video
Sunspot video


Tom Hagen and team successfully imaged the sun with the 50-foot spectroheliograph in tower 2. See Tom's story in the project archive.