An unappreciated constellation that is now at the early evening zenith is Auriga. I say unappreciated, not only because it does not get the name recognition of nearby Gemini and Orion, but because it doesn’t have the eye-catching asterisms found in those neighbors.
In fact, one of its brighter...
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In the last couple of weeks, most of us have done more snow shoveling than sky watching, but I hope that hasn’t kept you from having a happy new year so far. At least this is a new year, according to the “modern,” Gregorian calendar from 1582. And as I change wall calendars to 2016, this is as...
This is the season that a lucky few of you may be receiving new astronomy toys, such as binoculars or telescopes. Or you might be looking for something for yourself or your scope-owning spouse. If so, consider an eyepiece upgrade.
Most entry- or mid-level telescopes come with economy model eyepieces.
Before I talk about what’s up in Durango skies, I want to let everyone know how glad I am that daylight saving time has ended for the season. If it were left to me, Colorado would join Arizona and Hawaii in foregoing the biannual sleep disruption.
If you saw the recent Trident missile launch on...
Our brains fool us into thinking things near the horizon are bigger than they really are. And the power of suggestion works wonders in getting a crowd to agree that something looks extra big, even if you otherwise wouldn’t notice the difference.
These two things helped the most recent lunar...
Just after dark this month, the Milky Way crosses the sky almost directly overhead in a north-south band. While the weather is still warm, this would be a great time to take binoculars outside and scan along the entire path and be amazed at the number of stars, clusters and nebulae that can be seen.
The late afternoon monsoon clouds finally parted and made for a few good observing evenings recently. Unfortunately for me, a couple of those nights were interrupted by smoke from the Toe Fire on Sleeping Ute Mountain. Trying to gather enough light for a color photograph of any deep sky object is challenging...