Category Archives: Stargazing

Adventures in Stargazing

My interest in astronomy began in the 4th or 5th grade when I had to write a report on Jupiter. I got a Sears 60mm refractor for Christmas that year and I was hooked. No astronomy clubs in the area … Continue reading

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Somewhere Out There, Updated

Walk outside some clear evening this summer, and look to the south (assuming you’re in the Northern hemisphere!). You’ll see a bright red star – Antares – and if you’re familiar with the night sky, you’ll recognize the constellation Scorpius. … Continue reading

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Somewhere Out There

Walk outside some clear evening next summer, and look to the south (assuming you’re in the Northern hemisphere!). You’ll see a bright red star – Antares – and if you’re familiar with the night sky, you’ll recognize the constellation Scorpius. … Continue reading

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Venus Transits

I took a fairly low-tech approach to observing the Venus transit, setting up my Orion 70mm refractor with a 26mm eyepiece, projected onto handheld white paper. Like this: It worked surprisingly well, especially after I remembered that even in daylight … Continue reading

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How Not To Find A Comet

-Get binoculars down from closet shelf – Check! -Get telescope out of workshop, set up in yard – Check! -Pick out low-power and medium-power eyepieces to avoid fumbling in eyepiece case in the dark – Check! -Position nice comfortable chair … Continue reading

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