Reason to Give Thanks

Most of the readers do not know Jim. Our friendship is relatively new. I cannot say I know him very well, but our brief contacts have been a blessing. He is the founder of Night Skies Network, and I believe his intent was simple: permit people to share their astro… Continue reading

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Eye on the Philippines

Our summer “dog” days are hot and humid and typically cloudy. Observing nights are limited, but when they happen you learn to move quickly. July 31 was one of those nights–it was clear and calm for a few hours. I grabbed the little 80mm refractor that we use in astronomy… Continue reading

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Tale of Two Continents — from Observing M51

It is a most unlikely story when observing a beautiful object leads to a story of two men on two continents who have never met. But that is exactly what this post introduces. The whole affair started simply enough: observe M51, which is a beautiful spiral galaxy in the Northern… Continue reading

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