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Telescope Accessory Advice
All astronomers struggle with purchasing the perfect equipment. It’s strange how sometimes the simplest item will become a favorite piece of equipment at the observing site.
Solar Astronomy Bonanza
To say we’ve had some GREAT weather recently would be an understatement. In fact, solar astronomy has been a Solar Astronomy BONANZA! Over the last […]
Telescope Mount Types
Interested in Astronomy? Want to learn more about observing the night sky? Are you thinking of purchasing a telescope? Make sure to watch this video on basic telescope mounts.
Where To Begin in Astronomy
People ask me all the time… where should I start in astronomy. Check out my newest addition in my online video series to find the answer.
A Space-tastic web series introduction video is online.
Astronomy Video Series Launch
A Long Time Coming, Space Enthusiast Matt Harbison introduces his new astronomy video series aimed at beginning astronomers and astrophotographers. This video series aims to educate and instruct beginners on the very first steps of their journey into the astronomy world.
Some Assembly Required
Links from the “Some Assembly Required” Presentation.
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…
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 […]
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:
Lunchtime Solar Astronomy
Photons bounced around in this alien star for a hundred thousand years or so…
ORION – A Completed Project
A Giant 2.5 Gigapixel image of the Orion Constellation by Matt Harbison.
The Marathon Sky Survey
A new project begins…
I don’t -for one second…