Telescope buying?! Wonderful!

This can get really complex, and, as you imagined, very expensive.  There is this sudden realization that good scopes are pricey, and the less expensive ones are, well, to be honest, not worth the cash. They end up in closets or basements.  For a first time telescope, especially for kids, I always recommend a really... Continue Reading →

How to Observe a Meteor Shower

Whenever the major yearly meteor showers show up on our calendar, I am often asked: How do I observe a meteor shower? What's the best place to go? What is the best time to observe? Do I need a telescope: also, is your observatory open? Here is some helpful information to help you plan out... Continue Reading →

Safe Solar Observing

Looking at the Sun directly is dangerous: it will damage your eyes. You need to use approved optical systems to view the Sun, both with and without telescopes or binoculars. I highly recommend that you work with a local astronomer or a local astronomy club to get set up with the equipment you need in... Continue Reading →

Earth’s Aphelion and Perihelion

The orbit of the planets around their corresponding sun is elliptical in shape. The other interesting thing about this arrangement is that the sun will be at one of the ellipse’s foci, meaning, that at one point in the orbit, the planet will be further away from the sun than at other times of its... Continue Reading →

CCD Imaging: Q&A

Introduction: As information changes, this article will be updated. It is always UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Every now and then an amateur astronomer asks me what equipment they will need to do good CCD imaging, or what the techniques are for good imaging. The questions lead to more questions, more answers, and a lot of typing! Compiled... Continue Reading →

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