One of the problems you might encounter when observing some nebulae and galaxies is that the light that they’re emitting is spread out over a large area – huge, sometimes. This makes them difficult to find and see. The Triangulum Galaxy, M33, is a perfect example of this. Nowadays, it’s risen about 30 degrees up […]Read more "October 14, 2017: Spotting Diffuse Objects – Galaxies and Nebulae – With Dark Adaptation"
EDIT – as this is one of my most frequently referred to blog posts, scroll down to the horizontal break to get to the sections where I dispense my advice. It starts about one-fifth of the way down; you’ll see the headers. Enjoy! Astronomy definitely has its seasons. As the months come and go, so […]Read more "June 27, 2016: Spring Doldrums; Stock Wisdom and Sage Advice"
One thing I missed discussing in terms of “What I did last summer” in the previous two blog posts was going out to see the Perseid meteor shower. The last time I had gone out to see a meteor shower was the Leonids, about 17 years ago, in 1998. The Leonids occur in November, but […]Read more "December 7, 2015: Dark Adaption Really Does Take Awhile . . . So Observe During the Day!"