Banner photo credit: John Chumack One of the things we amateur astronomers tend to hate the most is the moon. Sure, the moon is plenty interesting when you’re first starting out, and other than the sun, it’s about the only astronomical object to show considerable detail through the scope. Note the word “considerable” there. Yes, […]Read more "December 12, 2017: The Lunar X and V! And Some Other Fun Lunar Sights to See"
On Friday night, the Amateur Astronomers Association, one of the local New York City astronomy groups, had an observing session nearby, at Carl Schurz Park, which is on the East River in the upper 80s. Well, nearby is a relative term, as it’s a half mile away, which is a little bit far when you’re carrying […]Read more "April 26, 2015 – Carl Schurz Outreach"
As a follow up to my previous post about the Baader Moon & Skyglow filter, I did finally get to take the scope out to check out a 5-day, 9-day, and 10-day old moon, and in doing so, I figured out what the M&SG is actually doing. At first I thought it might be doing […]Read more "March 30, 2015 – The Moon & Skyglow Secret and Vibrations ‘R Us – Or ‘R They?"
Astrophotography from Manhattan? Are you serious? Well, at least some AP is possible. As long as the object is bright. Really bright. There was a gorgeous triple conjunction of a brand new crescent moon, a gibbous Venus, and a faraway Mars last week, and I was able to get some snaps through my digital camera. […]Read more "February 28, 2015 – Dabbling in Astrophotography with the Triple Conjunction and the Moon"
Well after 9 days of clouds, I finally got to go out and use my brand new eyepiece, an 8mm TeleVue Plossl that I picked up for just 50 bucks on eBay – which is one helluva bargain, almost half-price. The clouds didn’t start clearing until late in the night, so I wasn’t able to […]Read more "December 12, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 3 – 8mm TeleVue Plossl, filter"