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
No, no, this isn’t yet another anti-dob rant; longtime readers will know that I actually do like dobs. No, this is more of a heads-up as to the differences between these two popular sizes of dobs, the 8 and the 10, and why, unless you’re a gym rat, you might not want to buy a […]Read More August 11, 2018: Don’t Buy A 10-inch Dob Over An 8 . . . Yet! Magnitudes Explained
Well, for the past few weeks, the annual monsoon season has completely descended on Denver, leaving me more time to write my blog and catch up on my astroreading. Mars opposition? What Mars opposition? Unless “Mars” is now the new name for “cloud bottom”. Which, given the global dust storm on Mars, I wouldn’t be […]Read More August 1, 2018: Annals of the Deep Sky; Blank Mars?