This past Saturday, I had a very full day and night of outreach without a cloud in the sky the entire time. First, in the morning and afternoon, there was the PBS Kids Fun Fest in downtown Denver. Thousands of parents came by with their very young children to go to bouncy castles, meet with […]Read more "September 13, 2016: Outreach All Day, and All of the Night"
WHOOOOOOOOOOA!!! This past Saturday, Digby, the DAS new member coordinator, drove me out to the DAS Edmund G. Kline Dark Site located near Deer Trail, CO, about 60 miles east of downtown Denver. This is a well-equipped site, with fourteen concrete observing pads, each with access to electricity, and half of them with the ability to […]Read more "September 8, 2016: The DAS Dark Site and Messiers galore!"
Monsoon season continues here in Denver practically unabated. Note the use of the word practically there. Just over a week ago, as the moon was about three days past full, there was a slight break in the unending parade of clouds one night. I had a nice look at the moon from off of my […]Read more "August 31, 2016: Plato craterlet! and LPR filters are doomed"
The DAS had their our monthly Open House at the stunning and historic Chamberlin Observatory. This is a beautiful 1894 building with a 20-inch Alvin Clark refractor inside: The Open House is the society’s regularly scheduled outreach session, which takes place in Observatory Park, just in front of the observatory itself. (They also have other outreach sessions […]Read more "August 21, 2016: The Denver Astronomical Society; and The Sky-Watcher 180 Mak"
So, my move to Denver is complete, and after two weeks here, all I have to say is, “Monsoons? No one mentioned any stinking monsoons!” It has been cloudy basically ever since I got here. Denver is supposed to have 300 days of sunshine a year, but apparently none of them occur during the depths […]Read more "August 16, 2016: Monsoon season?!? and The Perseids!"
Well, it’s official! With apologies to Al Jolson, just a quick blog post to note that I’ll be moving from Manhattan to Denver at the end of this month. Yes, it will still be plenty light-polluted in Denver, but obviously nowhere near the same level as it is here in the light-pollution capital of […]Read more "July 19, 2016: D-E-N-ver, Here I Come!"
Astronomy definitely has its seasons. As the months come and go, so do the different objects in the sky. I tend to observe things as they rise high in the east for the first time, and I also like to try to do that as late in the night as possible, after 10pm, or even […]Read more "June 27, 2016: Spring Doldrums; Stock Wisdom and Sage Advice"