Banner photo credit: Jon Greif Just a quick post about the Geminid meteor shower and Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Thursday night, December 13, we got out to the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site, about 60 miles east of town. Thursday was the peak night of the shower. It was actually cloudy when we left, but the forecast […]Read More December 17, 2018: Holy Geminids! and Comet 46P/Wompwomp
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
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
The three longtime readers of this blog might recognize the title of this post; I wrote another post about the shortcomings of my local observing site just short of two years ago, right after I moved into my apartment in Glendale, a tiny little independent city completely surrounded by Denver. Up until now, I’ve basically […]Read More July 14, 2018: My Local Dark Site Ain’t So Dark, Redux; and No-Detail Mars, Redux
I just flew in from the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner, CO, and boy are my arms tired. Ba-dum-bum. It was great! Well, except for the absolutely lousy stinking cloud-covered skies. It was sort of like, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” Yeah, it was cloudy – all four […]Read More June 22, 2018: The Rocky Mountain Star Stare! . . . Or Not.
On Wednesday night, after last month’s windy failure, I finally got a good night out at the DAS Dark Site. Well, half a night anyway, before I felt like a popsicle and packed it up and went home. I was out for three hours, but what a three hours! The afternoon was glorious in the […]Read More March 9, 2018: Finally! A Clear But Cold Night at the Dark Site