Creation Tidbits for Trees in Spring

God’s acts of creation upon the face of the earth are governed in many respects by our position and tilt relative to the sun. This is, in a sense, a big picture view of the origin of seasons. The layers of complexity, however, continue as one observes smaller and smaller things. Vegetation changes occur within… Continue reading

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Summer Skies and Coming Lessons

We had started a small series of blog posts for new observers of the heavens. The next couple lessons give some newcomers a chance to observe and “oldcomers” a chance to review some skills we have covered. SUMMER IS SPECIAL for the northern latitude dwellers because we get to peak… 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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Ready to go out in the dark? (Lesson 2)

FIRST STEPS. Last time we covered getting your eyes, your splendidly designed eyes, adapted to the dark. It takes 15 minutes to see marginally but almost 50 minutes to be completely dark adapted. 15 is enough to go out and start locating things. Remember the notepad and a little pencil.… Continue reading

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Queen of the Wandering Stars and the Value of Disciplined Observing

Here is a simple but partial observing sheet from a sketch notebook from February 21, 2014 that shows Jupiter in two views. It is incomplete in the sense that we teach folks to include more information, but lets talk about that later. Take a look at the sketch first. What… Continue reading

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