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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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