A Friendly Introduction to Spectroscopy

Back in early Summer last year, I started working on a course on Spectrography to help out my fellow students in an extra-curricular astronomy group. The group didn’t work out, but I had already written out the first article in the series, so I’ve decided to publish it now in hopes that it can be […]

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Happy Christmas to all, and to all Clear Skies.

I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas. From now on, may your days from be full of cheer, and your nights clear. Please enjoy this astronomical Christmas carol, written by cosmologist George Gamow nearly 80 years ago, and performed by me one year ago exactly. Lyrics and more information about the song can […]

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A Night of Observing in Arkansas

During my last trip to Arkansas, I worked alongside my stepdad’s dad to finish my homemade parallelogram binocular mount to the point where it’s useable. It still needs some cosmetic work; a final sanding and oiling, and maybe reworks to the binocular head, but overall, I’m very happy with it. It makes using binoculars a […]

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An In-Depth Study of NGC 6633 with 15×70 Binoculars

Time: 2.5 hours, ~12:30am to 3:05am CDT (~05:30-08:05 UTC) Date: June 16th, 2018 Light pollution: Bortle 3 to 4 Seeing: Alright Transparency: Very Good Instrument: Oberwerk 15×70 Ultra binoculars, mounted on my homemade parallelogram mount Sketch Transcript The following is a transcript of a voice recording begun at 3:04:42am CDT, Saturday, June 16th, 2018. I […]

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A Tour of the Virgo Cluster Using 15×70 Binoculars

Time: 37 minutes, 11:43pm to 12:20am CDT (04:43-05:20 UTC) Date: June 15th – 16th, 2018 Light pollution: Bortle 3 to 4 Seeing: Alright Transparency: Very Good Instrument: Oberwerk 15×70 Ultra binoculars, mounted on my homemade parallelogram mount The following is a transcript of a voice recording begun at 11:42:58pm CDT, Friday, June 15th, 2018. I […]

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On Galaxies

Every now and then I find something that captures my interest for one reason or another, and the search to know more sets off a cascade of questions, firmly booting me down the rabbit hole of research and discovery. This time, what kicked it all off was a little object by the name of SDSS […]

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