Happy New Year! This half of the review gets into all those less “necessary” purchases I’ve made over after buying my two telescopes; but they sure seemed necessary at the time. My spending barrage continued as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about both TeleVue EPs and ultra-wide field EPs, too. The […]Read more "January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!"
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"
Right at the same time as I got the Ultrablock, I also received my new Celestron Luminos 10mm eyepiece. I had ordered it in early February, using up the last of my Amazon gift card. For some reason, there was a two-week delay in getting it out to me, which is pretty unusual for Amazon. […]Read more "February 27, 2015 – The 10mm Luminos Eyepiece and EOFB"
The Lyra Double-Double mounting system arrived, and wonder of wonders, I have managed to use it to attach the ST-80 to the Mak. The two-headed Frankenscope is here! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I have the ST-80 mounted pretty much in the middle of the front-to-back axis of the Mak, so as not to affect my balance in that […]Read more "January 5 , 2015 – The Frankenscope is Alive! It’s Alive! And EP dilemmas"
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"