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Solar Continuum- Zoom In!
A White Light view of the Sun with a Solar Continuum filter at 540nm of the spectrum, hence the green color!
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 […]
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.
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
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…
The Deep Dark Sky
Here come the cool crisp fall nights! For the last few weeks I’ve been working on a portion of the Constellation Cygnus. Specifically a 12 […]
Rock & Roll
My recent upgrades to my well-loved dob.
This past summer I read John Van Dyke’s book: The Desert. It really sat with me because of his beautiful language describing the desert. I must say I was excited to finish the book after the first few pages. There’s a loyal dog (Cappy)
The Seagull Nebula IC-2177
Data acquired from February 22, 2021 through March 8, 2021 in Marathon, Texas I’m happy to reveal the first mosaic image taken remotely out of […]
Just Out of the Visible Spectrum
I’m having so much fun on my new (to me) telescope system. Not only is it FAST- it’s WIDE! Giant swaths of the sky are […]
Here’s to Perseverance
Today’s the day. Nasa’s new Mars rover touches down! Or- at least I hope it does in one piece. So many things have to go […]
The Long Ride Home
Sleet, snow, ice, and freezing fog, Oh My! We have started our twenty hour, two day, trip home. It’s a LONG ride for sure… luckily […]
All Systems Go!
To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. The upgrade in the observatory is proving to be a game changer. Extremely fast glass, giant […]