Banner photo credit: Sarah Fisher, through a 127mm Mak Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! Saturday night, the Denver Astronomical Society held its monthly Open House at Chamberlin Observatory. This is where the DAS invites members of the general public to come on out and look through the historic, 125-year-old 20-inch Alvan Clark refractor. They can […]Read More March 18, 2019: The One Big Drawback to Working at a Telescope Store
Banner photo credit: Meeeeeee!!!! What, you were expecting me to rant about the “Stupidmoon” all over again? Yeah, I’ve ranted and raved about all these stupid names that the media keeps applying to lunar eclipses – which I refuse to repeat here. But just like Ryan O’Neal was forced to do by a relentless Barbra […]Read More January 21, 2019: Lunar Eclipse!
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
Inreach? Is that something we shouldn’t be talking about (let alone doing) in front of children? No, it’s outreach directed inwards towards the members of an astroclub. Last night, the Denver Astronomical Society held a terrific inreach event out at our dark site location, 60 miles east of town. Outreach is fun for the general […]Read More August 13, 2017: Inreach and Perseids
Another month, another trip out to the DAS Dark Site. Even though I’ve only gone twice, when I go, I really feel astronomically sated for a good week or so thereafter. I see everything I can while I’m there, and I see them so much better than I can see them here at home that […]Read More October 25, 2016: The Transit Scope and Screaming Scouts
Another of the “what I did last summer” items was to learn about the wonders of Electronically Assisted Astronomy. This is where you attach a video camera to the focuser or eyepiece and observe from a tablet or laptop screen instead. One of the AAA guys at the outreach sessions, Jason, had one of these […]Read More December 21, 2015 – Electronically Assisted Astronomy, Cloudy Nights, and “Cloudy Nights”
If you weren’t living in a cave at the time, you probably remember that there was a lunar eclipse in September. But, oh, not just any lunar eclipse. No, this was the SUPERMOON, the BLOOD MOON. Actually, I like to call it the STUPIDMOON. It really chaps my ass when the media hypes some astronomical […]Read More December 4, 2015: The Stupidmoon, The Urban Starfest, and The Nethermead