March of the Stars and Planets (a practical demo)

Beginning observers get pretty excited as the sky begins to open up, and it honestly takes a few times to begin to realize that is has a hidden beauty until one learns a few disciplines to understand what is being observed. Last night (July 4) I sat outside in the… Continue reading

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A Set of Basic Observing Tools for the New Observer (Lesson 6)

This lesson is purely practical guidance to get started observing on your own with some basic equipment and references. Where I have provided some cost figures, they come from checks on Amazon or Google on prices today (June 30, 2014) and do not include shipping. We do not sell any… Continue reading

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Mars and Aliens

Let’s go find aliens!! A few decades ago, the fever to find aliens on Mars reached its peak. Plenty of movies and science fiction writings fueled the fever. None were found. This last April was a banner month to look at Mars, since it was fairly close to us and… Continue reading

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A Brush with the Creator on Christmas Day

My wife and I had a restful Christmas Day but we were especially looking forward to evening because the day was clear and cold. She had never seen two significant nebulae in Orion on live video. We had a chance to catch them at a good time and capture what… Continue reading

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Poor and Don’t Have a Telescope or Binocular?

We often teach observing disciplines from a biblical perspective in places where there is no chance that the average student or teacher will ever see a telescope. What happens to the have-nots? Just taking a plastic child’s telescope to a village school in Uganda caused a teacher to shout, because… Continue reading

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