One of the very nice benefits of working in a telescope shop is, of course, that you get to play with all the telescopes. There’s no better way to learn about a scope than to physically put it together, set it up, and then point it out the front window of the shop and look […]Read More February 1, 2019: H-alpha Solar Observing
Banner photo credit: Ian Norman . . . deep in the heart of Westcliffe! I just got back from southern Colorado, and boy are my arms tired. Wait, that’s not the joke. My tires are tired. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, thanks to a fellow DASer, Noel, for inviting me and another DASer, Joe, out to […]Read More September 15, 2018: The Stars At Night, Shine Big and Bright . . .
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.
It’s hard to find words to describe the eclipse. The overused “awesome” barely cuts it, but for once, it is correct – the eclipse truly did inspire awe – and not the “awwww” kind, either. “Glorious” is better; but I think “WOW!” pretty much says it all. It was insane. And as Ron Hranac, the […]Read More August 23, 2017: The GREAT American Eclipse!
I just got one of my Back to the Future items delivered to me, a 12.5mm Orthoscopic EP, manufactured by Kokusai Kohki of Japan. I had been wanting to get one for awhile to test it out and see if all the hype about orthos was true, and so I had been scanning the Cloudy […]Read More May 11, 2015 – The KK Fujiyama Ortho and Astronomy Gifts