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 . . .
Just a semi-brief “observing report” for the Perseids and some other stuff. I went out to the DAS Dark Site on Friday, Saturday, and wouldncha know it, on Sunday, too. Well, more Monday really, by the time we got there. It was definitely a fun astronomy extended weekend. On Friday night there were about a […]Read More August 17, 2018: Meteors and Coyotes and Rattlers, Oh My! and a Mea Culpa
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?
The three longtime readers of this blog might recognize the title of this post; I wrote another post about the shortcomings of my local observing site just short of two years ago, right after I moved into my apartment in Glendale, a tiny little independent city completely surrounded by Denver. Up until now, I’ve basically […]Read More July 14, 2018: My Local Dark Site Ain’t So Dark, Redux; and No-Detail Mars, Redux
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
Mars continues in its opposition, and I continue to go out to observe it whenever possible to see if I can see surface details. A few nights ago, it was clear again (probably a record number of clear nights in one week!), and so out I went. It’s a little hard to overstate how tough […]Read More May 25, 2016: Mars Part Deux! and Atmospheric Dispersion