Sorry for the bad pun. Ahem. Well, actually sorry, not sorry. This past Sunday night, Digby took me out to the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site, about 60 miles east of town. (I am still carless, but this will be remedied in just over two months when my Jeopardy money finally comes in!) This had […]Read more "July 26, 2017: A Stellar Night at the Dark Site"
Happy Fourth of July! The title of this blog post is from the book written by Mike Brown, “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”. Mike Brown is the discoverer of Eris, the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that is/was larger than Pluto* and sealed Pluto’s fate; in fact, he goes by his […]Read more "July 4, 2017: Another rant – Pluto had it coming."
To paraphrase Sally Field, “I like dobs. I really like dobs!”* Some readers of this blog who follow my posts in various Facebook astronomy groups (like this one, and this one), would think that I have a vehement hatred of dobs, as if one slept with my wife, ran over my dog, or owes me […]Read more "June 24, 2017: I Like Dobs! A Semi-Brief Rant"
Power problems solved! The Celestron Lithium Iron Phosphate Powertank (which I’ll more fully describe below) puts out 3 amps, and powers this mount excellently. No more stutter-slew or stutter-track as I described in my last post. The mount just works great. Finally. But how well does this mount really work? I tested it two ways […]Read more "June 16, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part Two – Great Locating and Tracking! and the Celestron Lithium Powertank"
Well, I finally broke down and bought it, and now it’s here! And my first impression of this mount? Damn, this thing is HEAVY. Don’t get me wrong. This is a good mount. But in comparison to my puny little SLT mount, this thing is massive. But heavy is good. Right? RIGHT? I mean, […]Read more "May 31, 2017: The Orion Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G mount, Part One – Power Troubles"
I have pretty much made up my mind as to what I’m going to do in terms of my jump up in aperture. Well, to be more grammatically correct, I had pretty much made up my mind. As I discussed in this blog post a couple of months ago, I was basically looking at using […]Read more "May 15, 2017: Celestron or Meade? PC or Mac?"
Although for some it’s tax season, for we astronomers, Jupiter season is finally here! Hooray! First of all, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who visited my blog over the past few days to read my post about the amazing Dragonfly Telephoto Array. That post was the most viewed post I’ve ever written […]Read more "April 17, 2017: It’s Jupiter season!"