Because my plague of bad weather has now stretched on deep into a second month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year – well, the past 14 months, actually – since I bought my Mak, and discuss both of my scopes, and my equipment with […]Read more "December 30, 2016: Year-end review, Part 1 – the Mak and the ‘frac"
The same day as the Levenhuk/Baader solar filter arrived, another filter arrived, too: The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter. Suh-weet! So, between the sun and the night sky, it was really a very full and enjoyable day and night of observing. The M&SG is, in one sense, a weaker version of the Orion Ultrablock filter […]Read more "March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer"
Astrophotography from Manhattan? Are you serious? Well, at least some AP is possible. As long as the object is bright. Really bright. There was a gorgeous triple conjunction of a brand new crescent moon, a gibbous Venus, and a faraway Mars last week, and I was able to get some snaps through my digital camera. […]Read more "February 28, 2015 – Dabbling in Astrophotography with the Triple Conjunction and the Moon"
Tonight it was clear. Or at least it was “clear.” There was a high, thin, persistent haze that never went away all night. Damned Weather Channel, screwed me again! At least I got a chance to test out the Ultrascopic Barlow on the Mak. And it worked perfectly. As I noted in yesterday’s post, I […]Read more "December 26, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, part 4A – mounting the ST-80, Barlow"
I received my GSO dielectric diagonal from Agena on Friday the 19th. The weather reports were for clear skies, and I was eager to go out and have my compare/contrast contest between the old diagonal, which supposedly is only 90-91% reflective, and the new, which is supposed to be 99%. However, the weather reports were spectacularly […]Read more "December 25, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 4 – Diagonals, ST-80"
When I got the Mak, I still had 3 eyepieces that I had used with my Bird-Jones scope – the 26mm and 9.7mm Meade 4000 Super Plossls that came stock with the scope, and a 4mm Celestron Omni Plossl that I had bought to get some high power out of the Bird-Jones. See, back in […]Read more "December 5, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 1: eyepieces, the mount, and dew"