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.
Happy Royal Wedding Day! (If you care about such things. Otherwise, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, wah wah wah.) A recent post on one of the Facebook astronomy pages got me to wondering about who does what when it comes to customer service in the astronomy biz. Particularly, what are the heavy hitters doing – Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, Orion, […]Read More May 19, 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Astro Customer Service
Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Obviously, as a preliminary matter, when you’re selecting a new eyepiece, one of the first considerations should be how it fits in […]Read More February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby
Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read More January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?
I ordered a 24mm 68 from High Point Scientific on April 30 – the last day of the $99 NEAF sale, a very nice one-third savings off of the normal $149 price. I had a $100 Visa gift card that was just sitting around, burning a hole in my pocket, and I’ve heard very good things […]Read More December 15, 2016: The 24mm Explore Scientific 68-Degree Eyepiece
I went to the Northeast Astronomy Forum’s annual conference in Rockland County on Saturday, and all I can say is: Wow! Just WOW! Well, of course I have more to say that that. It was a complete and total astronomy nerdgasm. I have never in my life seen a collection of huge and totally cool […]Read More April 20, 2015 – Holy NEAF, Batman!