Archive | July, 2014

Easing into the Night

July 31, 2014

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I’ll pour myself a coffee, lean back on my two-step observing chair, and relax awhile. This is my time for quiet reflection.

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Mount Kobau Magic

July 29, 2014

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For me though, Kobau is something special. Partly that’s because it’s in my own backyard (relatively speaking), but it’s more than that. One of the big attractions is the setting.

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The Red Dwarf Challenge

July 28, 2014

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It’s true that some ruddy-hued stars – Antares, Betelgeuse, and Aldebaran, to name a few – are among the brightest stars we can see, but they’re giants, not dwarfs. Red dwarfs are much smaller and cooler than our Sun, so they glow very faintly. Still, some dim dwarfs are visible in backyard telescopes, provided you know where to look.

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Venus in the Morning Light

July 25, 2014

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Venus is even bright enough that you can view it in full daylight — as I have many times. The trick isn't seeing it, the difficult part is locating it.

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Crisis? What Crisis?

July 24, 2014

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… the Sea of Crises can be seen with the unaided eye and I often watch it in my little opera glasses that magnify just four times.

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Meteors in the Moonlight

July 24, 2014

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Meteor mavens like me promote the Perseids as a celestial event anyone can enjoy without optical aid.

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Your First Telescope Won’t be Perfect

July 24, 2014

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If you do your homework, you might end up with a scope that’ll keep you happy for years. And if you do, you’re one up on me.

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