Spring Equinox Delight

The morning began with an interesting question from my Lovely, ” Do you know what ‘equinox’ means?” She had already looked it up and gave an answer as I was formulating one. I noticed the table had a binocular on it. She had “snuck out” in the night to take… 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

Starry Night with a Planetary Nebula

Introducing my Lovely (Faylene) to planetary nebula began with the Ring Nebula (M57) but I was waiting for a clear night to see the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) because her favorite color is blue. The green hue of the center of the Ring is certainly beautiful, but the blue-green and red… Continue reading