Clusters by the Creator on Date Night

The beauty of globular clusters was the object of our attention for the summer night. We had been looking for opportunity to see the southern section of the Milky Way, but it was a bit to early and we were a bit too tired. To our advantage this evening, no… Continue reading

A Parable from Observing a Comet

A Parable from Observing a Comet. Comet Leonard is now (early December 2021) becoming more prominent in the pre-dawn sky. It reminded me of the principles of observing. An observing period is not like a quick review of a picture. Let me explain. We scheduled observations of the comet two… Continue reading

Leonard Before Dawn

Leonard Before Dawn. Despite gloves, earmuffs, and layers and layers of clothing, it was teeth-chattering cold while we searched the heavens at 4:30 in the morning. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashed against the sand in front of us. With our binoculars and the sky window, we repeatedly searched… Continue reading