January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!

Well, I’ve finally done it!  I’ve finally bought my long sought after Celestron 9.25-inch optical tube assembly (OTA).  I had been very patient, waiting and waiting for a used one to come up for sale at a reasonable price with the newer Starbright XLT coatings, as they have about 10-15% greater light transmission than the […]

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December 12, 2017: The Lunar X and V! And Some Other Fun Lunar Sights to See

Banner photo credit:  John Chumack One of the things we amateur astronomers tend to hate the most is the moon.  Sure, the moon is plenty interesting when you’re first starting out, and other than the sun, it’s about the only astronomical object to show considerable detail through the scope.  Note the word “considerable” there.  Yes, […]

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October 14, 2017: Spotting Diffuse Objects – Galaxies and Nebulae – With Dark Adaptation

One of the problems you might encounter when observing some nebulae and galaxies is that the light that they’re emitting is spread out over a large area – huge, sometimes.  This makes them difficult to find and see. The Triangulum Galaxy, M33, is a perfect example of this.  Nowadays, it’s risen about 30 degrees up […]

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