Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Many budding astronomers – including myself, up to a point – think that better eyepieces will show them more. “Oh, if I […]Read more "February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby"
Having absolutely nothing to do with astronomy – well, almost – I am overjoyed to announce that I have been chosen to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy! I will be going to Los Angeles next month for the taping of the show – or hopefully, shows – with the airdate to be sometime in […]Read more "January 31, 2017: What is “A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled,” Alex?"
Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read more "January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?"
After a truly horrible 2016, both in terms of the number and caliber of notable deaths, as well as the godawful election season we went through here in the US (I won’t even mention the election results), I bid 2016 an angry and well-deserved farewell, and none too soon. But not before taking a shot at […]Read more "December 30, 2016: Goodbye, 2016! Hello Trapezium!"
The Denver Astronomical Society held its annual Holiday Party recently. A fine festival of maple-brined chicken and good company at the swanky Hilton. But the speaker really stood out – Dr. John Bally, a Colorado University professor of astrophysics. He was there to give us a talk on the current state of astronomy. I left […]Read more "December 27, 2016: The BIG PICTURE Current State of Astronomy"
I ordered a 24mm 68 from High Point Scientific on April 30 – the last day of the $99 NEAF sale, a very nice one-third savings off of the normal $149 price. I had a $100 Visa gift card that was just sitting around, burning a hole in my pocket, and I’ve heard very good things […]Read more "December 15, 2016: The 24mm Explore Scientific 68-Degree Eyepiece"
Welcome to our 2016 Telescope Gift Guide! This article was a collaboration between Jon Groubert and Sorin (aka the Soggy Astronomer). Jon has been an active contributor to Sorin’s page, How to Avoid the Agony When Buying Your First Telescope, answering reader questions for quite a while there, particularly with suggestions on good telescopes to […]Read more "November 22, 2016: 2016 Telescope Gift Guide"