Astrophotography from Manhattan? Are you serious? Well, at least some AP is possible. As long as the object is bright. Really bright. There was a gorgeous triple conjunction of a brand new crescent moon, a gibbous Venus, and a faraway Mars last week, and I was able to get some snaps through my digital camera. […]Read more "February 28, 2015 – Dabbling in Astrophotography with the Triple Conjunction and the Moon"
Right at the same time as I got the Ultrablock, I also received my new Celestron Luminos 10mm eyepiece. I had ordered it in early February, using up the last of my Amazon gift card. For some reason, there was a two-week delay in getting it out to me, which is pretty unusual for Amazon. […]Read more "February 27, 2015 – The 10mm Luminos Eyepiece and EOFB"
I bought the Orion Ultrablock light-pollution reduction filter and received it recently. It is a tiny little thing, but that shouldn’t have surprised me, because my Orion variable density moon filter is also very small. There are four main types of filters that are available to the amateur astronomer. What they do is to selectively remove […]Read more "February 26, 2015 – The Ultrablock Filter"
Last week I went out to once again hunt my elusive quarry, my very own personal white whale, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unfortunately, because of my own ineptitude, I misread Sky & Telescope’s GRS transit calculator and thought I’d be able to see the transit that was to occur a bit after midnight, Eastern Time. Of […]Read more "February 14, 2015 – The Great Red Spot is Mine!"
Lately, the weather gods have been conspiring against me in terms of my not being able to get out to see. It’s been a good couple of weeks since I’ve been able to get out at all. The last couple of times I was out earlier in the month were as sort of a warmup […]Read more "January 31, 2015 – Seeing and the weather"