It’s hard to deny the impact that John Dobson had on the amateur astronomy hobby. His introduction of the Dobsonian telescope to the world in the late 60’s in combination with his grassroot outreach efforts through the creation of the Sidewalk Astronomers forever changed the landscape of our hobby. Below […]
Many of us grew up firmly believing that 2001: A Space Odyssey was the coolest space sci-fi movie we have ever seen. Even if you didn’t feel that way, you had to admit, the elegance that Stanly Kubrick shot the film in makes it one of the most memorable of […]
We recently posted a news item on the latest edition of Alan Dyer’s interactive eBook, How to Photograph & Process Nightscapes and Time-lapses, which covers the latest equipment, software, and processing techniques on time-lapse nightscape video for creating great still images and time-lapse movies of the night sky. To see how […]
Check out this video from Dylan O’Donnell who explains his setup for viewing and imaging the Mars 2018 Opposition.
Check out this awesome trailer of Netflix’s Altered Carbon Sci-Fi Series featuring a one of a kind Moonraker telescope!
On Saturday August 19, CBS News aired an in-depth profile of Gary and his Pedaling Astronomer project during their morning news show. You can view the video below. Parkerson’s Involvement with The Weather Channel Coverage of the Eclipse Parkerson was also an integral part of the Weather Channel’s live coverage […]
Eclipse2017.org has created a super cool video which uses the latest calculations of the path of the August 2017 Solar Eclipse, combined with Google Earth, to create a “fly-along” with the moon’s shadow as it travels over the face of the USA in 2017. Eclipse2017.org has provided bookmarks within the […]
One of the most unusual ways to view the eclipse is on an airplane. Because the path of totality travels across the breadth of the US, there will be numerous flights that will provide unparalleled views of the eclipse. If you are planning travel on that day, you might want […]
Losmandy’s venerable GM8, GM11 and HGM Titan mounts are mainstays of amateur astronomy, and now the Losmondy G8, Gll and HGM Titan RA and Dec assemblies are now offered as independent components, allowing you to match, for example, a GM8 Dec assembly to a GM11 RA assembly, or a GM11 […]
If you’ve been involved in amateur astronomy long enough, you’ve seen it happen: A telescope owner is assembling or disassembling his or her mount and telescope and thinks the scope’s dovetail is secure in the mount’s saddle, only to experience the horror of the scope falling to the ground, or […]
Sometimes it’s just easier to show someone how to do something than it is to tell them, and telescope collimation is a perfect example. Indeed, most astronomy enthusiasts are primarily visual learners for whom showing will always be more effective than telling. If you’re like us, you’ve often found yourself […]
The Texas Star Party (TSP) will celebrate its 38th anniversary this weekend as it kicks off a week-long festival of everything astronomy. In addition to the overview of the event’s activities listed here, we provide a history of the event as well as some interesting videos of attending the event […]