Well, my Jeopardy appearance was great. ABSOLUTELY GREAT! Of course, I’m not allowed to discuss how I did, but I had a really awesome time. The other contestants were all mah Jeopardy nerds and we bonded nicely, even though we were in competition with each other. The people working on the show were all very nice and […]Read more "March 5, 2017: “I’ll take a new telescope for $2000, Alex”; and Aldebaran Occultation"
Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Obviously, as a preliminary matter, when you’re selecting a new eyepiece, one of the first considerations should be how it fits in […]Read more "February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby"
Having absolutely nothing to do with astronomy – well, almost – I am overjoyed to announce that I have been chosen to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy! I will be going to Los Angeles next month for the taping of the show – or hopefully, shows – with the airdate to be sometime in […]Read more "January 31, 2017: What is “A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled,” Alex?"
Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read more "January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?"
After a truly horrible 2016, both in terms of the number and caliber of notable deaths, as well as the godawful election season we went through here in the US (I won’t even mention the election results), I bid 2016 an angry and well-deserved farewell, and none too soon. But not before taking a shot at […]Read more "December 30, 2016: Goodbye, 2016! Hello Trapezium!"
The Denver Astronomical Society held its annual Holiday Party recently. A fine festival of maple-brined chicken and good company at the swanky Hilton. But the speaker really stood out – Dr. John Bally, a Colorado University professor of astrophysics. He was there to give us a talk on the current state of astronomy. I left […]Read more "December 27, 2016: The BIG PICTURE Current State of Astronomy"
I ordered a 24mm 68 from High Point Scientific on April 30 – the last day of the $99 NEAF sale, a very nice one-third savings off of the normal $149 price. I had a $100 Visa gift card that was just sitting around, burning a hole in my pocket, and I’ve heard very good things […]Read more "December 15, 2016: The 24mm Explore Scientific 68-Degree Eyepiece"