March 27, 2018: William Herschel, the Herschel 400, and the NGC – All 7840 of Them

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, […]

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January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!

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 […]

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December 12, 2017: The Lunar X and V! And Some Other Fun Lunar Sights to See

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, […]

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