January 21, 2015

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Comet Binoculars

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.

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January 17, 2015

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The Inner Workings of CATs and Maks

It’s funny how things tend to go in cycles. Having a reputation as an equipment guy, I’m asked about scopes quite often. As it happens, last week I received two e-mails asking essentially the same thing.

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January 9, 2015

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Comet Lovejoy Through a Telescope

Lovejoy Putting on a Show

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.

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December 31, 2014

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Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) on Dec 27, 2014

Lovejoy in Lepus

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!

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December 29, 2014

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Comet Time is Here Again

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.

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December 23, 2014

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Looking for Lovejoy

I’m a long-time comet buff, so I’m looking forward to Comet Lovejoy. The inbound interloper will enter my low southern sky (I live near the 49th parallel) in late December.

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December 18, 2014

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The Geminid Report

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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.

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December 16, 2014

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Star Wheel Magic

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A planisphere is simply a rotating star map housed inside a sleeve with several windows for showing the date and the appearance of the night sky. They come in different sizes and styles, but they all do the same thing the same way.

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December 11, 2014

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Tips For Buying Used Binoculars

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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.

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December 5, 2014

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Winter Moon, Summer Sun

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of backyard astronomy is that you can participate in the hobby with no equipment at all.

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