Because my plague of bad weather has now stretched on deep into a second month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year – well, the past 14 months, actually – since I bought my Mak, and discuss both of my scopes, and my equipment with […]Read More December 30, 2015: Year-end review, Part 1 – the Mak and the ‘frac
Another of the “what I did last summer” items was to learn about the wonders of Electronically Assisted Astronomy. This is where you attach a video camera to the focuser or eyepiece and observe from a tablet or laptop screen instead. One of the AAA guys at the outreach sessions, Jason, had one of these […]Read More December 21, 2015 – Electronically Assisted Astronomy, Cloudy Nights, and “Cloudy Nights”
One thing I missed discussing in terms of “What I did last summer” in the previous two blog posts was going out to see the Perseid meteor shower. The last time I had gone out to see a meteor shower was the Leonids, about 17 years ago, in 1998. The Leonids occur in November, but […]Read More December 7, 2015: Dark Adaption Really Does Take Awhile . . . So Observe During the Day!
If you weren’t living in a cave at the time, you probably remember that there was a lunar eclipse in September. But, oh, not just any lunar eclipse. No, this was the SUPERMOON, the BLOOD MOON. Actually, I like to call it the STUPIDMOON. It really chaps my ass when the media hypes some astronomical […]Read More December 4, 2015: The Stupidmoon, The Urban Starfest, and The Nethermead