January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!

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 […]

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March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer

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 […]

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February 28, 2015 – Dabbling in Astrophotography with the Triple Conjunction and the Moon

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. […]

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