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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How to Clean Your Telescope

To clean the primary mirror you will need: A kitchen sink A couple of small towels Plain, clear dishwashing liquid, like Ivory A large bag of cotton balls 90% or higher purity alcohol Distilled water To remove the primary mirror from the telescope: Remove the tube from the base, and place upright on the ground. […]

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Children’s Lighthouse Clay Road

This one is a bit of a doozy! It was my first log for a talk that I’ve given, and since I was likely the only one logging it, I wanted to make sure I got everything. The kids were just so great! It was not the ideal situation for a talk. At first, they […]

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Texas Buddhist Association

We were invited to take some telescopes out to a camp held for Buddhist youth, quite a ways out of town compared to our usual outreaches. Objects shown included the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Cat’s Eye Nebula.

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Brentwood Baptist Church

In churches all across the country, an event called “Galactic Starveyors” was being put on by VBS. One participating church, Brentwood Baptist, reached out to HAS and asked if we could bring out some telescopes and give a talk about the stars. We wound up showing the full Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn (and a very […]

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NGC 4565 – May 26, 2017

Object: NGC 4565 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a quite striking, beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy. Extremely elongated. Very large, and medium faint in brightness. It’s oriented from about 10:30 to 4:30 […]

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NGC 5746 – May 26, 2017

Object: NGC 5746 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a pretty edge on galaxy. Medium-large and moderately bright. It has a medium central concentration with a core that is spread out along […]

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M 83 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 83 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a large, moderately bright galaxy with a highly condensed bright starlike central core. It’s got a large extended haze surrounding the core, which […]

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Centaurus A – May 26, 2017

Object: Centaurus A Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x and Tele Vue Ethos 13mm X2.0, 231x. It’s a very large, fairly bright galaxy with a prominent thick dark dust lane running straight through […]

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