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.
Well, I’m getting super-psyched to be going to my first star party, the Rocky Mountain Star Stare, on Wednesday! My car is gonna be pretty full for the trip to sustain me for all 5 days. I’ve already packed all my astro stuff, my camping stuff, my clothes, books, and am now planning my meals. It’ll […]Read More June 12, 2018: RMSS Observing Lists!
Happy Royal Wedding Day! (If you care about such things. Otherwise, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, wah wah wah.) A recent post on one of the Facebook astronomy pages got me to wondering about who does what when it comes to customer service in the astronomy biz. Particularly, what are the heavy hitters doing – Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, Orion, […]Read More May 19, 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Astro Customer Service
In my first time out with the scope since Moab in March (lame, yes I know), I got my first observing session with Jupiter for the season at 2am late Saturday night (technically, Sunday morning). I could have gone out within the past month or so and caught Jupiter earlier, but I just didn’t have the […]Read More May 7, 2018: Stunning Io Transit! And Planetary Disappointment with the SCT
Where you from? You sexy thing (sexy thing, you). No, this post isn’t about hot and sexy telescopes. Well, okay, maybe just a little. That banner photo above is the new Skywatcher Skygate 18-inch truss tube dobsonian. They also have a 20-inch that looks the same, but the pictures I was able to find of […]Read More April 26, 2018: Making Astronomy Sexy
Banner photo credit: Greg Riverdiau A couple of weeks ago, I went with friends to what’s looking to become an annual trip to Moab and Canyonlands National Park. This time we biked the White Rim Trail – about 100 miles around Island in the Sky (that is what we are . . . ). Well, […]Read More April 8, 2018: Moab, the Zodiacal Light, and Star Parties Galore! (Well, not quite yet . . . )
I’ve posted about a couple of DSO catalogues, the Messier and the Caldwell, that beginners should start out with. Heck, even supposedly “more advanced” astronomers like myself are still working on these lists, as they represent the vast majority of the most gorgeous items in the sky. But if you’re looking for your next challenge, […]Read More March 27, 2018: William Herschel, the Herschel 400, and the NGC – All 7840 of Them