Archive | November, 2014

Spotting Scopes for Astronomy

November 25, 2014

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Are spotting scopes useful for stargazing? It’s a frequently asked question. That’s not surprising when you consider how widely available they are — any store that stocks binoculars, probably has a few spotters as well.

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Arise, Pleiades

November 20, 2014

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The leaves are down, which means the Pleiades are up.
Located in the constellation Taurus, this most dazzling of all open star clusters contains roughly 100 suns. The seven brightest Pleiads – the Seven Sisters – are visible to observers with excellent vision as a glittering agglomeration the width of two full Moons.

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No Go-To For Me

November 18, 2014

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In his posting for November 10, 2014, Ken makes a compelling case for Go-To telescopes. Motorized tracking and more time spent observing instead of hunting are both appealing attributes. Yet for me, I prefer not to “go-to.”

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A Remarkable Device for Observers

November 13, 2014

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My copy of the 2015 edition arrived in the mail today, and leafing through it, I was again reminded of how astonishingly complete it is. It really is a wonderful resource for the active observer.

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To Boldly Go-To . . . Or Not.

November 10, 2014

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Allowing the scope to slew around the sky would represent a major shift in my observing philosophy. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t mind hunting elusive celestial prey via star chart and finderscope. I think the hands-on approach strengthens my connection to the heavens.

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A Christmas Power Play

November 4, 2014

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As I write this, October has only one day left in it, yet the first Christmas flyers are already turning up in the mail. They seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. And as many veteran stargazers know, Christmas is the silly season when it comes to mass-marketed telescopes.

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