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July 6, 2021

The trip to Cherry Springs State Park was canceled due to cloudy skies in the forecast. In the meantime, Saturday and Sunday night were somewhat clear out so I got to play with my new astronomy gear at home. The additions to the family are the SkyGuider Pro mount and (don't laugh) the AstroMaster 80AZS telescope with it's alt-azimuth mount and tripod. I was looking around... continue reading

June 28, 2021

Last night the sky was mostly clear above my small patch of yard. I had to force myself to focus on getting autoguiding working instead of trying to take pictures of things. The polar alignment was more accurate after the adjustments I made to the alignment scope. I also found a handy app for my phone that shows me ... continue reading

June 28, 2021

The Order was an interesting read. It has some Vatican conspiracies going on. Nothing like Dan Brown's novels though! I'm not sure what I'll read next. The Charles Stross book I'm waiting for won't be available until this fall. I'm open to suggestions! Perhaps it's time to read a ... continue reading

June 13, 2021

Oh look, my website has a new layout! The image behind the navigation bar is a cropped section of Hubble's Lagoon Nebula photo. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite Hubble images. Nearly all the core design/layout elements (simple as they may be) are essentially snippets from W3Schools (see links page). This new look also does away with the... continue reading

June 13, 2021

Last night was supposed to be about 20-30% cloud cover. You be the judge. I sat out there for nearly three hours until the clouds broke enough to polar align my telescope mount. Then it was another hour until the sky became clear enough to aim the telescope at to have another go at this autoguiding. It did not go well at all. The guiding software was... continue reading


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