Category Archives: Astronomy

Iridium Flare?

I was just (4:30 AM) outside admiring the stars, which are crystal clear (till you get to the light pollution southwards). I distinctly saw a brilliant flash high up, and as my eye caught it, it quickly faded, briefly revealing … Continue reading

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The Stars This Morning

I was up quite early, and while coffee was brewing and a cozy fire getting underway, I went out onto the patio to look at the stars. My patio looks directly to the path of the ecliptic, so the constellations … Continue reading

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Early This Morning

Shortly before dawn I stepped onto the patio to look at the stars. Just at his meridian, Orion was clear and bright, his bow clearly visible, Betelgeuse quite red. To the west, Taurus and the Pleiades, Aldebaran also visibly ruddy. … Continue reading

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Neptune

I’ve been hunting for Neptune. I think I’ve found it. It’s been on my to-do list, but I haven’t been at this very long, and there are so many obstacles, from early bedtime on school nights to clouds to full … Continue reading

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The Cooling Tower

The open star cluster in Cygnus known as M29 is also now nicknamed “the Cooling Tower” due to its oddly symmetrical shape, evoking the hyperboloid shape of the chimneys of a nuclear power plant. The principal stars form a box … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes

A break from the astronomy–though last evening offered really good seeing and high transparency, and I had the best views I’ve ever had of Jupiter and of M13. The ash trees are dying. All of them. Everywhere. On this continent. … Continue reading

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Of Pocket Cameras

Even overexposed and blurred by the movement of about one second of arc, it’s fun to share a picture of Jupiter and its moons. Very improvised setup, just an old Canon pocket camera put up to the eyepiece (for the … Continue reading

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Early Days

Looking back over my life, I note the years 1969 and 1970 as high-water marks of my early fascination with astronomy. In 1969 there was Apollo 11, and I was “over the moon” the whole time. I remained glued to … Continue reading

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Heavenward Ho

So, I have bought what I need, and am now going to enjoy it. I have the new telescope, mount, extender, red-dot finder, barlow, 40mm Plössl, Baader neodymium filter, and still have my 25mm ED from Agena and BST 4mm. … Continue reading

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New Toys, and Rain

The mailman has been busy here. I’ve received my Orion mount extender, and once again I can stand more or less upright while viewing the heavens. One big demerit for this fine product is that it comes with NO INSTRUCTIONS. … Continue reading

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