To paraphrase Sally Field, “I like dobs. I really like dobs!”* Some readers of this blog who follow my posts in various Facebook astronomy groups (like this one, and this one), would think that I have a vehement hatred of dobs, as if one slept with my wife, ran over my dog, or owes me […]Read more "June 24, 2017: I Like Dobs! A Semi-Brief Rant"
Power problems solved! The Celestron Lithium Iron Phosphate Powertank (which I’ll more fully describe below) puts out 3 amps, and powers this mount excellently. No more stutter-slew or stutter-track as I described in my last post. The mount just works great. Finally. But how well does this mount really work? I tested it two ways […]Read more "June 16, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part Two – Great Locating and Tracking! and the Celestron Lithium Powertank"
Well, I finally broke down and bought it, and now it’s here! And my first impression of this mount? Damn, this thing is HEAVY. Don’t get me wrong. This is a good mount. But in comparison to my puny little SLT mount, this thing is massive. But heavy is good. Right? RIGHT? I mean, […]Read more "May 31, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part One – Power Troubles"
I have pretty much made up my mind as to what I’m going to do in terms of my jump up in aperture. Well, to be more grammatically correct, I had pretty much made up my mind. As I discussed in this blog post a couple of months ago, I was basically looking at using […]Read more "May 15, 2017: Celestron or Meade? PC or Mac?"
Although for some it’s tax season, for we astronomers, Jupiter season is finally here! Hooray! First of all, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who visited my blog over the past few days to read my post about the amazing Dragonfly Telephoto Array. That post was the most viewed post I’ve ever written […]Read more "April 17, 2017: It’s Jupiter season!"
Having moved to Denver last summer, I could not attend NEAF this past weekend as I had the previous two years. However, that didn’t stop me from “attending” the lectures. Unlike previous years, where only select lectures were posted to Youtube a few months afterwards, NEAF live-streamed all of the lectures on both Saturday and […]Read more "April 14, 2017: The Dragonfly Telephoto Array, Galactic Formation, and Dark Matter"
This past week, an old friend (a verrrrrry old friend!) invited me out with him and his son to go out and explore Moab, Utah and the surrounding area: Arches National Park, Dead Horse State Park, and Canyonlands National Park. The geology of this part of the country was formed hundreds of millions of years […]Read more "March 23, 2017: Observing in Canyonlands National Park!"