For me, it’s practically a dream come true – I am working in an astronomy store! A fellow DAS member, Sorin (like Cher and Madonna, he only has one name), has opened up a brand new telescope shop here in Denver, the only one for 500 miles in any direction. Denver has not had a […]Read More November 18, 2018: Mile High Astronomy
Banner photo: Credit: Richard Yandrick (Cosmicimage.com) Yes! You can see color in some astronomical objects! The planets are paramount in this area. Mars looks orange, with some darker areas (although they’re tough to see without a good filter, like the Baader Moon & SkyGlow). To my eyes, Jupiter is a bit yellow-y, with dark brownish […]Read More October 23, 2018: Colors (And Detail) In Space
Well, the title sure speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Yuck! While I enjoy camping, camping in a downpour sure ain’t fun. And camping in an almost freezing downpour, even less so. We got to Okie-Tex in Kenton, Oklahoma (at the extreme western end of the Oklahoma panhandle) after a slight detour to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. […]Read More October 17, 2018: Soakie-Tex, Yurts, the VLA, and Enchanted Clouds
In my second-to-last blog post, I talked a lot about the Bortle Scale. What is it? Why should you care? Invented by John Bortle in a 2001 Sky & Telescope article, the Bortle Scale is an effective way for you to objectively assess the darkness – or, unfortunately, the brightness – of your sky, or […]Read More September 28, 2018: The Bortle Scale, or Why Gas is Your Friend
With apologies to Inigo Montoya, you killed the word theory; prepare to die. Heh heh, okay, a little more seriously, let’s talk about the word theory and what it means in science. You often see the word bandied about in discussions, with the inevitable “that’s just a theory” thrown in to try to cut off […]Read More September 21, 2018: I Do Not Think Theory Means What You Think It Means
Banner photo credit: Ian Norman . . . deep in the heart of Westcliffe! I just got back from southern Colorado, and boy are my arms tired. Wait, that’s not the joke. My tires are tired. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, thanks to a fellow DASer, Noel, for inviting me and another DASer, Joe, out to […]Read More September 15, 2018: The Stars At Night, Shine Big and Bright . . .
Just a semi-brief “observing report” for the Perseids and some other stuff. I went out to the DAS Dark Site on Friday, Saturday, and wouldncha know it, on Sunday, too. Well, more Monday really, by the time we got there. It was definitely a fun astronomy extended weekend. On Friday night there were about a […]Read More August 17, 2018: Meteors and Coyotes and Rattlers, Oh My! and a Mea Culpa