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.
In my first time out with the scope since Moab in March (lame, yes I know), I got my first observing session with Jupiter for the season at 2am late Saturday night (technically, Sunday morning). I could have gone out within the past month or so and caught Jupiter earlier, but I just didn’t have the […]Read More May 7, 2018: Stunning Io Transit! And Planetary Disappointment with the SCT
Continuing with my review of the ch-ch-changes (we’ll miss you, Starman!) I’ve experienced in astronomy over the past 35 years, we move on to the telescope and eyepiece revolutions. As far as we knew, the largest “portable” telescopes back then were the C14s, the orange tube SCTs. Oh, there were ads in Sky & […]Read More January 26, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 2 – Scopes and Eyepieces
Because my plague of bad weather has now stretched on deep into a second month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year – well, the past 14 months, actually – since I bought my Mak, and discuss both of my scopes, and my equipment with […]Read More December 30, 2015: Year-end review, Part 1 – the Mak and the ‘frac
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!
I received my GSO dielectric diagonal from Agena on Friday the 19th. The weather reports were for clear skies, and I was eager to go out and have my compare/contrast contest between the old diagonal, which supposedly is only 90-91% reflective, and the new, which is supposed to be 99%. However, the weather reports were spectacularly […]Read More December 25, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 4 – Diagonals, ST-80
The Mak has a very different light path than a Newtonian. In a Newtonian, light enters from the top of the tube, reflects off of a primary parabolic mirror at the bottom of the tube, concentrating the light to a single point. Before it gets to that single point, the light reflects off of a […]Read More December 4, 2014: History of My Astronomizing, Part 2 – Getting the Mak