Inreach? Is that something we shouldn’t be talking about (let alone doing) in front of children? No, it’s outreach directed inwards towards the members of an astroclub. Last night, the Denver Astronomical Society held a terrific inreach event out at our dark site location, 60 miles east of town. Outreach is fun for the general […]Read more "August 13, 2017: Inreach and Perseids"
As you must know by now unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave (say hi to Plato for me!), all of North America will be in the path of a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, just three weeks from now. An approximately 70-mile-wide swath extending clear across the continent, […]Read more "July 29, 2017: My Obligatory Eclipse Post – GET TO TOTALITY!"
Sorry for the bad pun. Ahem. Well, actually sorry, not sorry. This past Sunday night, Digby took me out to the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site, about 60 miles east of town. (I am still carless, but this will be remedied in just over two months when my Jeopardy money finally comes in!) This had […]Read more "July 26, 2017: A Stellar Night at the Dark Site"
Happy Fourth of July! The title of this blog post is from the book written by Mike Brown, “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”. Mike Brown is the discoverer of Eris, the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that is/was larger than Pluto* and sealed Pluto’s fate; in fact, he goes by his […]Read more "July 4, 2017: Another rant – Pluto had it coming."
To paraphrase Sally Field, “I like dobs. I really like dobs!”* Some readers of this blog who follow my posts in various Facebook astronomy groups (like this one, and this one), would think that I have a vehement hatred of dobs, as if one slept with my wife, ran over my dog, or owes me […]Read more "June 24, 2017: I Like Dobs! A Semi-Brief Rant"
Power problems solved! The Celestron Lithium Iron Phosphate Powertank (which I’ll more fully describe below) puts out 3 amps, and powers this mount excellently. No more stutter-slew or stutter-track as I described in my last post. The mount just works great. Finally. But how well does this mount really work? I tested it two ways […]Read more "June 16, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part Two – Great Locating and Tracking! and the Celestron Lithium Powertank"
Well, I finally broke down and bought it, and now it’s here! And my first impression of this mount? Damn, this thing is HEAVY. Don’t get me wrong. This is a good mount. But in comparison to my puny little SLT mount, this thing is massive. But heavy is good. Right? RIGHT? I mean, […]Read more "May 31, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part One – Power Troubles"