Although for some it’s tax season, for we astronomers, Jupiter season is finally here! Hooray! First of all, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who visited my blog over the past few days to read my post about the amazing Dragonfly Telephoto Array. That post was the most viewed post I’ve ever written […]Read More April 17, 2017: It’s Jupiter season!
Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Obviously, as a preliminary matter, when you’re selecting a new eyepiece, one of the first considerations should be how it fits in […]Read More February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby
EDIT – as this is one of my most frequently referred to blog posts, scroll down to the horizontal break to get to the sections where I dispense my advice. It starts about one-fifth of the way down; you’ll see the headers. Enjoy! Astronomy definitely has its seasons. As the months come and go, so […]Read More June 27, 2016: Spring Doldrums; Stock Wisdom and Sage Advice
Yes, I know, I initially said that there were only going to be two of these entries, but they grew so long that I decided to split them up into three – and I’ve already edited where I said there would be two. The final big changes over the past 35 years have all been […]Read More January 31, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 3 – The Computer and the Internet Change Everything
Astronomy has undergone a veritable sea-change since I first started observing as a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, as I touched on briefly in my first blog post. In this and the next two posts, I’ll go over some of the bigger changes in the hobby that I’ve seen in the last 35 […]Read More January 13, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 1 – My, How Things Have Changed!
Normally, I curtail my astronomical activities just before midnight so that I don’t disturb my family coming in the front door late at night from an evening’s observations. However, with the family away for the holiday week, I was a bachelor for awhile and didn’t need to curtail anything. Unfortunately, the sky had something else […]Read More April 17, 2015 – Saturn and the Glorious Globulars
Last week I went out to once again hunt my elusive quarry, my very own personal white whale, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unfortunately, because of my own ineptitude, I misread Sky & Telescope’s GRS transit calculator and thought I’d be able to see the transit that was to occur a bit after midnight, Eastern Time. Of […]Read More February 14, 2015 – The Great Red Spot is Mine!
Lately, the weather gods have been conspiring against me in terms of my not being able to get out to see. It’s been a good couple of weeks since I’ve been able to get out at all. The last couple of times I was out earlier in the month were as sort of a warmup […]Read More January 31, 2015 – Seeing and the weather