The three longtime readers of this blog might recognize the title of this post; I wrote another post about the shortcomings of my local observing site just short of two years ago, right after I moved into my apartment in Glendale, a tiny little independent city completely surrounded by Denver. Up until now, I’ve basically […]Read More July 14, 2018: My Local Dark Site Ain’t So Dark, Redux; and No-Detail Mars, Redux
I just flew in from the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner, CO, and boy are my arms tired. Ba-dum-bum. It was great! Well, except for the absolutely lousy stinking cloud-covered skies. It was sort of like, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” Yeah, it was cloudy – all four […]Read More June 22, 2018: The Rocky Mountain Star Stare! . . . Or Not.
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!