Banner photo credit: Ian Norman . . . deep in the heart of Westcliffe! I just got back from southern Colorado, and boy are my arms tired. Wait, that’s not the joke. My tires are tired. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, thanks to a fellow DASer, Noel, for inviting me and another DASer, Joe, out to […]Read More September 15, 2018: The Stars At Night, Shine Big and Bright . . .
Where you from? You sexy thing (sexy thing, you). No, this post isn’t about hot and sexy telescopes. Well, okay, maybe just a little. That banner photo above is the new Skywatcher Skygate 18-inch truss tube dobsonian. They also have a 20-inch that looks the same, but the pictures I was able to find of […]Read More April 26, 2018: Making Astronomy Sexy
Well, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally bought my long sought after Celestron 9.25-inch optical tube assembly (OTA). I had been very patient, waiting and waiting for a used one to come up for sale at a reasonable price with the newer Starbright XLT coatings, as they have about 10-15% greater light transmission than the […]Read More January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!
Right at the same time as I got the Ultrablock, I also received my new Celestron Luminos 10mm eyepiece. I had ordered it in early February, using up the last of my Amazon gift card. For some reason, there was a two-week delay in getting it out to me, which is pretty unusual for Amazon. […]Read More February 27, 2015 – The 10mm Luminos Eyepiece and EOFB
I bought the Orion Ultrablock light-pollution reduction filter and received it recently. It is a tiny little thing, but that shouldn’t have surprised me, because my Orion variable density moon filter is also very small. There are four main types of filters that are available to the amateur astronomer. What they do is to selectively remove […]Read More February 26, 2015 – The Ultrablock Filter