Comet Lovejoy is currently putting on a fine, if unspectacular, display in the evening sky. And like many comets, it’s well seen in binoculars. But are some binos better for the job than others? Yes, but much depends on the comet.
January 9, 2015
The glaring Moon is receding at last and Comet Lovejoy is pushing northward, past Orion and Taurus toward Andromeda. The big berg from outer space is getting brighter, too. In short: if your weather is good, now is the time to spot it.
December 31, 2014
In my December 23rd blog, I mentioned that Comet Lovejoy would soon become visible to mid-northern observers, including this writer (I live near Vancouver, British Columbia). I was hoping to make my initial sighting on the evening of December 28th when Lovejoy drifted near the globular star cluster M79 in southern Lepus. Weather permitting, of course!
December 29, 2014
Few things excite backyard astronomers more than hearing about a new comet. At the moment, Comet Lovejoy (also designated C/2014 Q2) is making its way north and generating a fair bit of interest. But when it comes to comets, low expectations are the key to happiness. In my observing life, I’ve witnessed more than my share of duds, but I’ve also been lucky enough to see a few spectacles too.
December 18, 2014
In a recent post (Splendid Geminids, December, 2nd, 2014), I declared from personal experience that the powerful Geminid meteor shower can be appreciated from city suburbs. I promised that on December 13th I’d be watching from my yard in Chilliwack, British Columbia – weather permitting, of course.
December 11, 2014
I’m a real thrift-store junkie. I can’t resist a good deal on something useful — and for me, few things are more useful than a nice pair of stargazing binoculars. I’ve purchased a number of excellent binos at bargain prices, but I’ll be the first to tell you it’s easy to get burned if you’re not careful. So, here are a few tips to help you sort the good from the bad and the ugly.