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
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.
Well, I’m getting super-psyched to be going to my first star party, the Rocky Mountain Star Stare, on Wednesday! My car is gonna be pretty full for the trip to sustain me for all 5 days. I’ve already packed all my astro stuff, my camping stuff, my clothes, books, and am now planning my meals. It’ll […]Read More June 12, 2018: RMSS Observing Lists!
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
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
Well, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally bought my long sought after Celestron 9.25-inch optical tube assembly (OTA). I had been very patient, waiting and waiting for a used one to come up for sale at a reasonable price with the newer Starbright XLT coatings, as they have about 10-15% greater light transmission than the […]Read More January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!
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