The Ironic Beauty of Failure

One of the most popular night sky objects by amateur astronomers is M57, the Ring Nebula. With a medium sized telescope on a good night, it looks like a small donut or ring. Since it is in Lyra (high in the sky beside Cygnus), it is also viewable by most of… 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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The Wonder of the Visual Spectrum in the Swan

No matter how many times I have looked at the Swan (M17), this nebula is a delight to observe. I have studied it with different scopes, binoculars, and astro-video tools on scopes. In the context of the local star field in a binocular to the dashing and flagrant color with astro video,… Continue reading

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M43–Hidden But Found

Some of most serious plights of man come from a loss or lack of identity. The Biblical perspective of a human being is unique: we were meant to be related to the Most High God, who created us, knew our unformed body before our time, and made a way for… Continue reading

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Last of Year; Last of a Star; What does it mean?

The end of a year is a noteworthy time because it generally causes people to take a look back as well as forward. How one looks both ways, however, makes a big difference in the conclusions a person will reach. And, the world view of a person is the largest… Continue reading

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