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
Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read More January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?
Happy New Year! This half of the review gets into all those less “necessary” purchases I’ve made over after buying my two telescopes; but they sure seemed necessary at the time. My spending barrage continued as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about both TeleVue EPs and ultra-wide field EPs, too. The […]Read More January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!
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