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.
On Wednesday night, after last month’s windy failure, I finally got a good night out at the DAS Dark Site. Well, half a night anyway, before I felt like a popsicle and packed it up and went home. I was out for three hours, but what a three hours! The afternoon was glorious in the […]Read More March 9, 2018: Finally! A Clear But Cold Night at the Dark Site
Heh heh, sorry, not sorry for the bad pun. It’s what I do. After looking at the moon and the same old planets for a short while, beginners quickly ask, “What else should I look for?” The answer is the Messier Catalogue. I first came across Messier as a kid when I asked the very […]Read More September 23, 2017: Who was Messier? Messier than who?
Late summer is globular cluster season. Almost all of the globular clusters in the Messier Catalogue are visible at this time of year. Well, if the weather cooperates, that is. Which it didn’t out at the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site last night. Globulars are collections of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even […]Read More September 16, 2017: Glorious Globs at the Dark Site
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
Normally, I curtail my astronomical activities just before midnight so that I don’t disturb my family coming in the front door late at night from an evening’s observations. However, with the family away for the holiday week, I was a bachelor for awhile and didn’t need to curtail anything. Unfortunately, the sky had something else […]Read More April 17, 2015 – Saturn and the Glorious Globulars
Before I get to the main topic, let me just do a quick recap of my observing session last night. I went out to take another look at Jupiter, to see both the Great Red Spot, and a transit of Europa. According to this listing from Sky & Telescope, the Great Red Spot was supposed to be […]Read More December 16, 2014 – What is “light-polluted astronomy”? What’s with that hyphen? And Europa’s shadow!!!