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"
Well, after a six-month hiatus, I thought it would be a good idea to let all six of my readers know that I didn’t fall into a ditch and that my telescope didn’t melt or shatter. You know how you’re typing in a nice long entry on a computer, and all of a sudden something […]Read more "November 29, 2015: . . . And we’re back! Warranty woes, Starhopping, and Binoviewers"
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"