Welcome to NEKAAL (Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers’ League Inc.)

To find out more about NEKAAL see who we are or schedule for info on attending one of our general meetings or public astronomy nights.

NEKAAL has an observatory in Northeast Kansas, named Farpoint Observatory. Come for a visit sometime.

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  • M87’s black hole
    Here’s M87 taken with my 22″ Reflector and an ST-8 CCD camera. The image show the jet of material traveling at some percentage of the speed of light while being squeezed out before reaching the event horizon . This does correlate with the black hole at M87 center that was recently ‘imaged’ and publicized. The …
  • Asteroid 6478 Gault sprouted a tail.
    A long known asteroid suddenly sprouted a long narrow tail. This is a 22 minute (45 secs  x 30) cropped imaged taken with the Tombaugh Reflector at Farpoint 01-10-19 about 8:00 U.T.   The tail was visible faintly in each of the 45 second images.  This asteroid may have developed the tail through an impact with …
  • NEO Follow-up Targets
    I originally thought A/2018 V3 was an asteroid (although it may end up being a comet) with a very long perihelion distance. But I was wrong; its max distance is just 4 A.U.’s but the eccentricity is .989( 99 times longer than wide orbit) and its inclination to the solar system is 165 degrees (almost …
  • Comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner returns
    This 5 minute image of the returning comet 21P (Giacobini-Zinner) was taken Sept 16, 2018 using a Cannon EOS coupled to an Apogee 80mm F6.25 refractor.    The mount was a SST EQ-25 HPFD .   At the time of this image,  the comet was in the middle of the constellation Auriga.
  • Correction for Farpoint's phone number it is 785-203-8077

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