Yes, I know, I initially said that there were only going to be two of these entries, but they grew so long that I decided to split them up into three – and I’ve already edited where I said there would be two. The final big changes over the past 35 years have all been […]Read More January 31, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 3 – The Computer and the Internet Change Everything
Astronomy has undergone a veritable sea-change since I first started observing as a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, as I touched on briefly in my first blog post. In this and the next two posts, I’ll go over some of the bigger changes in the hobby that I’ve seen in the last 35 […]Read More January 13, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 1 – My, How Things Have Changed!
The same day as the Levenhuk/Baader solar filter arrived, another filter arrived, too: The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter. Suh-weet! So, between the sun and the night sky, it was really a very full and enjoyable day and night of observing. The M&SG is, in one sense, a weaker version of the Orion Ultrablock filter […]Read More March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer
Last week I went out to once again hunt my elusive quarry, my very own personal white whale, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unfortunately, because of my own ineptitude, I misread Sky & Telescope’s GRS transit calculator and thought I’d be able to see the transit that was to occur a bit after midnight, Eastern Time. Of […]Read More February 14, 2015 – The Great Red Spot is Mine!
The Lyra Double-Double mounting system arrived, and wonder of wonders, I have managed to use it to attach the ST-80 to the Mak. The two-headed Frankenscope is here! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I have the ST-80 mounted pretty much in the middle of the front-to-back axis of the Mak, so as not to affect my balance in that […]Read More January 5 , 2015 – The Frankenscope is Alive! It’s Alive! And EP dilemmas