Although for some it’s tax season, for we astronomers, Jupiter season is finally here! Hooray! First of all, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who visited my blog over the past few days to read my post about the amazing Dragonfly Telephoto Array. That post was the most viewed post I’ve ever written […]Read more "April 17, 2017: It’s Jupiter season!"
Having moved to Denver last summer, I could not attend NEAF this past weekend as I had the previous two years. However, that didn’t stop me from “attending” the lectures. Unlike previous years, where only select lectures were posted to Youtube a few months afterwards, NEAF live-streamed all of the lectures on both Saturday and […]Read more "April 14, 2017: The Dragonfly Telephoto Array, Galactic Formation, and Dark Matter"
This past week, an old friend (a verrrrrry old friend!) invited me out with him and his son to go out and explore Moab, Utah and the surrounding area: Arches National Park, Dead Horse State Park, and Canyonlands National Park. The geology of this part of the country was formed hundreds of millions of years […]Read more "March 23, 2017: Observing in Canyonlands National Park!"
Last week I had my Oberwerk 12×60 binoculars out for the moon’s occultation of Aldebaran. I hadn’t used them in a while, and I had been sort of unsatisfied with them for a longer while. Why? Because they were giving me double images, as well as eyestrain and headaches as a result from not being […]Read more "March 11, 2017: Astronomy Binoculars"
Well, my Jeopardy appearance was great. ABSOLUTELY GREAT! Of course, I’m not allowed to discuss how I did, but I had a really awesome time. The other contestants were all mah Jeopardy nerds and we bonded nicely, even though we were in competition with each other. The people working on the show were all very nice and […]Read more "March 5, 2017: “I’ll take a new telescope for $2000, Alex”; and Aldebaran Occultation"
Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Many budding astronomers – including myself, up to a point – think that better eyepieces will show them more. “Oh, if I […]Read more "February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby"
Having absolutely nothing to do with astronomy – well, almost – I am overjoyed to announce that I have been chosen to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy! I will be going to Los Angeles next month for the taping of the show – or hopefully, shows – with the airdate to be sometime in […]Read more "January 31, 2017: What is “A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled,” Alex?"