Pine Mountain Observatory

October 8-9, 1977

On the weekend of October 8th and 9th eighteen Obsidians and guests were hosted by Dr. Jim Kemp and Bob Longnecker of the University of Oregon Physics Dept. at the Pine Mountain Observatory located southeast of Bend near Millican in Central Oregon. The new 81 centimeter (32") telescope has not as yet been installed, but we were able to view the stars through the 24" scope now in use. The major program now being researched at the observatory is tracking Cygnus XI, a binary star system. Dr. Kemp and his students are trying to establish that one of these revolving stars is a “black hole” star. To establish positive identity, the University astronomers are charting computerized data from polarized light received from this star system millions of miles away, through the lens of the 24" scope. This particular study has been conducted for over a year by the Physics Dept. night after night. Also observed at approximately two o’clock in the morning was the Andromeda Galaxy, the Ring Nebula, Jupiter and its satellites, and in the morning lots and lots of deer hunters. Many thanks to Jim Kemp and Bob Longnecker of the University of Oregon for sharing their time and knowledge of the Universe with us.

Sky watchers were Lauri Harris, Ruth McDonald, Dorothy Hayes, Bob Holmquist, Maryanne McNicholas, Glenn Meares, Mike & Al Niems, David Predeek, Arran, Kevin and Parker Riddle, Dolores, Gene and Tammy Thaxton, Andy & Marie-Anne Thompson, Merle Traudt and leaders Jim Kemp and Bob Longnecker.

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