Ugh. Just ugh. As the eight long-time readers of this blog may remember (although they probably won’t), one of my absolute pet bugaboos is the complete and utter inability of weather forecasts to get it right. They just can’t. Not even frickin’ close. But they give the illusion that they can, this illusion of supreme […]Read More February 20, 2018: Dark Site Disappointment and Mount Mastery
A few months back, I highlighted Charles Messier and his famous catalogue. But because of a number of omissions – you might even say some of them were, ahem, glaring – it was felt that another catalogue was needed for amateurs to hunt down, to expand beyond Messier’s 110 objects. At the request of Sky and […]Read More Feburary 10, 2018: Patrick Moore and the Caldwell Catalogue
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 […]Read More January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!
As many of my 9 loyal readers know, my main scope is a Celestron NexStar 127SLT – a five-inch Mak. I’ve previously described the SLT mount as being “not the best”, to be polite. It’s not a POS either, not even close to being a bad, awful, or poor mount, but it definitely leaves something […]Read More December 29, 2017: Celestron Customer Service Comes Through!
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, […]Read More December 12, 2017: The Lunar X and V! And Some Other Fun Lunar Sights to See
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 […]Read More October 14, 2017: Spotting Diffuse Objects – Galaxies and Nebulae – With Dark Adaptation
Heh heh, sorry, not sorry for the bad pun. It’s what I do. After looking at the moon and the same old planets for a short while, beginners quickly ask, “What else should I look for?” The answer is the Messier Catalogue. I first came across Messier as a kid when I asked the very […]Read More September 23, 2017: Who was Messier? Messier than who?