Banner photo credit: Sarah Fisher, through a 127mm Mak Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! Saturday night, the Denver Astronomical Society held its monthly Open House at Chamberlin Observatory. This is where the DAS invites members of the general public to come on out and look through the historic, 125-year-old 20-inch Alvan Clark refractor. They can […]Read More March 18, 2019: The One Big Drawback to Working at a Telescope Store
Many beginners interested in getting their first scope will often ask about getting one for about $100 to $150 or so. Buying a scope in this price range is a mistake. A big mistake. Scopes in this price range are so bad that they can frustrate you right out of the hobby. To explain why, […]Read More March 3, 2019: Why You Should Stay Far, FAR Away From That $100 to $150 Telescope
One of the very nice benefits of working in a telescope shop is, of course, that you get to play with all the telescopes. There’s no better way to learn about a scope than to physically put it together, set it up, and then point it out the front window of the shop and look […]Read More February 1, 2019: H-alpha Solar Observing
Banner photo credit: Meeeeeee!!!! What, you were expecting me to rant about the “Stupidmoon” all over again? Yeah, I’ve ranted and raved about all these stupid names that the media keeps applying to lunar eclipses – which I refuse to repeat here. But just like Ryan O’Neal was forced to do by a relentless Barbra […]Read More January 21, 2019: Lunar Eclipse!
“Okay, now WTH is he talking about?” It’s an analogy I use to explain the differences between different scopes, and why there’s no one perfect scope that does it all. You have different shoes for different purposes: sneakers, dress shoes, boots, slippers. Yes, even Crocs. They each serve their purpose, and you don’t wear one […]Read More January 10, 2019: Telescopes Are Like Shoes – One Scope Can’t Do It All
Banner photo credit: Jon Greif Just a quick post about the Geminid meteor shower and Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Thursday night, December 13, we got out to the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site, about 60 miles east of town. Thursday was the peak night of the shower. It was actually cloudy when we left, but the forecast […]Read More December 17, 2018: Holy Geminids! and Comet 46P/Wompwomp
Part three? What happened to part one and part two? Oh, there they are. The tl;dr version of those posts from last year is first that I had the wrong power supply for this mount, and then when I got the right power supply, the mount worked very well with my little 8-pound Mak on […]Read More December 12, 2018: Orion Sirius Pro AZ-EQ/G, Part III – Customer Service