A different spin on an overlooked area in Orion. I’m finally catching up on last year’s data!
From Dust I came, to Dust I shall return…
From Dust I came… to Dust I shall return… WARNING: RELIGOUS-Y post… disconnect now and know I love you. Or… Read on for some thought provoking ideas.
Roses are Red…
The Rosette Nebula, A deeper look into Monoceros…
Sky Safari 101
Web Links for Matt Harbison’s presentation of Sky Safari 101 given to the Chattanooga Barnard Astronomical Society
The Northern Hemisphere Constellation Hunter Program
The Northern Hemisphere Constellation Hunter Program -Completion and details by Matt Harbison
A Lunar Occultation of Mars
The Lunar Occultation of December 8th, 2022
Some Assembly Required
Links from the “Some Assembly Required” Presentation.
Don’t Miss Jupiter!
Equipment Review: Rowan AZ100
The Rowan AZ100 is among the pinnacle of Alt/AZ mounts, and depending on your needs, it may be the pinnacle.
Hello My Old Friend
Visiting our Closest Galactic Neighbor…
Enjoying Your Time At the Eyepiece
Links for a practical guide to visual astronomy
Constellation Hunter – Pegasus
Join me on my Astronomical League Constellation Hunter Progress. Below you can find the constellation of Pegasus and it’s observation I made in July. To […]
Things that go BUMP in the night…
Don’t forget to look DOWN under those big and dark West Texas Skies…
When the West Wind Moves…
Just below Cygnus in the Constellation Vulpecula to reveal this BEAUTIFUL combination of stars against a “FIELD OF GOLDEN STARS”…
The Original Series (TOS) of Star Trek will always be my favorite, but WOW do I love Strange New Worlds. I love all things TREK […]
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir- A Spoiler Free Review
An honest spoiler free review of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.
Asellus Secundus and a Boatload of Double Stars
This Summer is already off to a bang- given the Summer Solstice was yesterday.
Call me Ishmael…
In the month of May I spent most of my time navigating the sky conditions to chase a great white whale of mine. I know, “Call me Ishmael” if you want…
Another great night out with my society. Dodging clouds and fighting seeing…
The 2022 Lunar Eclipse
Feel free to hop over to the Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga and watch the 4 hour live feed… OR watch my much shorter highlight real, complete with the best song about the Moon ever written.
3D Printed Eyepiece holder for a Berlebach Tripod
I don’t know about you, but I love my Berlebach tripod (Uni 18) with the nut brown finish. Sturdy, lightweight, and easily assembled, it has […]
Beginning Observing Basics
I wanted to post a link to my astronomical society’s recent series on astronomy entitled, “Beginning Observing Basics”. This series is aimed at folks who […]
Saturday, April 30th at 9:37am EDT, on the heels of one of the most active months of outbursts in the last five years, the Sun […]
So little time… a Spring Supernova in NGC4647
Over the last week, astronomers (including myself) have been abuzz about a tiny little dot in between M60 and NGC4647. While it is a tiny […]
Spring Galaxy Challenge – Status: Complete!
For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on the Spring Galaxy challenge provided by the Astronomical League. Utilizing no less than three telescopes and four different magnifications/eyepiece configurations, I got to compare the views under some pretty nice spring skies. The three scopes I used were: my 12″ Meade Lightbridge, a Takahashi Fc-76DS, and a Takahashi Fc-100DZ. All provided wonderful views, but I found myself impressed by the 76DS the most. Even with the extra inch of aperture that the 100DZ afforded, I felt as if the 76DS really had no business being as bright and sharp as it was. Don’t get me wrong, the 100DZ was equally good, but compared side by side, I’d say one would be hard pressed to discern which telescope was being used.
Here are three photos of the setups used: