Active Oversight is Often Forgotten

The week’s forecast was not exciting.  Snow showers and clouds for the eastern West Virginia mountains were expected nearly every day, so no observing of the heavens was possible. When the clearing came one early morning, the dim light of dawn crept through the blinds and woke us. The crescent… Continue reading

The Morning Song in the Winter Mountains

We woke in the morning to capture the waning moon after sunrise. A couple days after full moon, if the skies are clear at dawn, there can be a beautiful sight as the setting moon nears the mountain ridges at the southwest end the Tygart Valley in the West Virginia… Continue reading

Orion’s Color and Characteristics — An Observing Delight

Oh my goodness, the night was cold! I had to reset equipment on the little 8 inch telescope to add a lens (called Hyperstar) to reduce the scope’s standard focal length by 80%. The result would give us a wide field view of the Orion Nebula, whose colors and shapes… Continue reading

The Winter Circle and Moonscape

The winter circle is high overhead in the early evenings of March in the Philippines. It’s name draws questions because Philippine children do not know four seasons, so I have to explain to them how it got its name. This particular night was with my wife (a budding observer of… Continue reading