Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

A Wonderful Summer

My second full summer in this beautiful place. It’s been wonderful. The magic of newness is still with me; there’s just so much left to discover, and country living agrees with me. Today, for example: a rare day off on … Continue reading

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Bruen Burgers

My dad was called “Bruen” all his life. It was his middle name–an old name in our family, and I’ve enjoyed researching it–but that’s not my topic today. Today we’ll talk about what I have dubbed Bruen Burgers. Hamburgers √† … 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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February Stars

No school today, so I could stay up and watch Algol reach minimum light last evening. The time was right, the skies were clear, no moon, perfect. . Algol is a star in Perseus; it represents one of the eyes … Continue reading

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Planet Seven

Pronounce it OOranus. I finally had a clear evening of seeing, minimal light pollution, no moon, and Pisces revealed itself, to the south and west of Aries. It’s a dim, far-flung¬† constellation, and of course Uranus is never more than … Continue reading

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Clusters

I’m gaining confidence in my telescope use. I’m getting past the sense of being overwhelmed by the night sky, and becoming more pragmatic, more oriented toward simple goals. I’ve more or less given up on a really good polar alignment, … Continue reading

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The Garnet Star

One of the first names that entranced me upon taking up astronomy this January was that of the Garnet Star. Also called Herschel’s Garnet Star, and officially Mu Cephei, it’s one of those heavenly objects that interested me because of … Continue reading

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Ring Nebula

I found the iconic Ring Nebula last evening, just as civil twilight was ending. Lyra is riding high in the eastern sky these days, as is Cygnus, with Vega and Deneb well above the trees–Altair, which completes the Summer Triangle, … Continue reading

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Andromeda

I was awake at 3 AM the other night, so went out to have a look at M31–the Andromeda Galaxy. There it was in the eastern sky, faint and fuzzy but alluring in my eyepiece. The light I saw was … Continue reading

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Astronomy Update

In January, I published a set of posts about my lifelong passion for astronomy– a passion never properly nourished, but that’s a long story. One way or another, it’s been an unacknowledged part of most of my life. I suspect … Continue reading

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