Unfortunately, with the triumph of continued roof access comes a little tragedy. My SLT mount, which has never been all that great of a mount to begin with, has broken. Not badly, mind you; it still works. Two of the three plastic center leg spreaders that spread out the tripod legs and hold onto the accessory […]Read more "October 3, 2016: Broken Mount and New Observing Chair"
It looks like the sky has cleared at last. My long national monsoon nightmare is over. So I got off my ass and took my scope out to my “local dark site”, the aptly named Creekside Park, which I had scoped out (pun intended) a few weeks ago. This is a nice, grassy, tree-studded park, […]Read more "September 28, 2016: My Local Dark Site Ain’t So Dark, and Three Tough Messiers"
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!"