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

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