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"
Mars continues in its opposition, and I continue to go out to observe it whenever possible to see if I can see surface details. A few nights ago, it was clear again (probably a record number of clear nights in one week!), and so out I went. It’s a little hard to overstate how tough […]Read more "May 25, 2016: Mars Part Deux! and Atmospheric Dispersion"
I’ve had a gripe for a long time now, and it’s the lousy stinking weather forecast. No, not the weather itself – that’s a separate gripe. As readers of this blog know, the weather here in New York in particular and the East Coast generally – hmmm, how can I put this delicately? – sucks. […]Read more "May 18, 2016: The Weather Forecast and Mars!"
We had a great outreach session at Carl Schurz Park along the East River in Manhattan yesterday for the Transit of Mercury – all 7 1/2 hours of it, starting from before 7:12am when the transit began, all the way until just after 2:40pm, after it ended. There were half a dozen of us from […]Read more "May 10, 2016: The Transit of Mercury and Eclipse Orbital Mechanics"