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
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
Ugh. Just ugh. As the eight long-time readers of this blog may remember (although they probably won’t), one of my absolute pet bugaboos is the complete and utter inability of weather forecasts to get it right. They just can’t. Not even frickin’ close. But they give the illusion that they can, this illusion of supreme […]Read More February 20, 2018: Dark Site Disappointment and Mount Mastery
A few months back, I highlighted Charles Messier and his famous catalogue. But because of a number of omissions – you might even say some of them were, ahem, glaring – it was felt that another catalogue was needed for amateurs to hunt down, to expand beyond Messier’s 110 objects. At the request of Sky and […]Read More Feburary 10, 2018: Patrick Moore and the Caldwell Catalogue
Well, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally bought my long sought after Celestron 9.25-inch optical tube assembly (OTA). I had been very patient, waiting and waiting for a used one to come up for sale at a reasonable price with the newer Starbright XLT coatings, as they have about 10-15% greater light transmission than the […]Read More January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!
As many of my 9 loyal readers know, my main scope is a Celestron NexStar 127SLT – a five-inch Mak. I’ve previously described the SLT mount as being “not the best”, to be polite. It’s not a POS either, not even close to being a bad, awful, or poor mount, but it definitely leaves something […]Read More December 29, 2017: Celestron Customer Service Comes Through!
Banner photo credit: John Chumack One of the things we amateur astronomers tend to hate the most is the moon. Sure, the moon is plenty interesting when you’re first starting out, and other than the sun, it’s about the only astronomical object to show considerable detail through the scope. Note the word “considerable” there. Yes, […]Read More December 12, 2017: The Lunar X and V! And Some Other Fun Lunar Sights to See