Banner photo credit: Sarah Fisher, through a 127mm Mak Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! Saturday night, the Denver Astronomical Society held its monthly Open House at Chamberlin Observatory. This is where the DAS invites members of the general public to come on out and look through the historic, 125-year-old 20-inch Alvan Clark refractor. They can […]Read More March 18, 2019: The One Big Drawback to Working at a Telescope Store
Banner photo credit: Jon Greif Just a quick post about the Geminid meteor shower and Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Thursday night, December 13, we got out to the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site, about 60 miles east of town. Thursday was the peak night of the shower. It was actually cloudy when we left, but the forecast […]Read More December 17, 2018: Holy Geminids! and Comet 46P/Wompwomp
Well, for the past few weeks, the annual monsoon season has completely descended on Denver, leaving me more time to write my blog and catch up on my astroreading. Mars opposition? What Mars opposition? Unless “Mars” is now the new name for “cloud bottom”. Which, given the global dust storm on Mars, I wouldn’t be […]Read More August 1, 2018: Annals of the Deep Sky; Blank Mars?
Late summer is globular cluster season. Almost all of the globular clusters in the Messier Catalogue are visible at this time of year. Well, if the weather cooperates, that is. Which it didn’t out at the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site last night. Globulars are collections of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even […]Read More September 16, 2017: Glorious Globs at the Dark Site
Let me just start out by saying that this ISN’T a post about the recent eclipse. But it’s been inspired by the eclipse. This is a post all about our glorious sun! I’ve become a lecturer at the Public Nights at my astroclub, the Denver Astronomical Society, and gave my first lecture last week. This […]Read More September 12, 2017: Our Sun
Inreach? Is that something we shouldn’t be talking about (let alone doing) in front of children? No, it’s outreach directed inwards towards the members of an astroclub. Last night, the Denver Astronomical Society held a terrific inreach event out at our dark site location, 60 miles east of town. Outreach is fun for the general […]Read More August 13, 2017: Inreach and Perseids