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Celestial Hunting Season: How To Locate The Orion Nebula

01/31/2017 // 10 Comments

  You look like the type of smart individual who likes to read about space clouds. Did you know it’s possible to see the Orion Nebula with nothin’ but those squishy orbs inside your face? The universe looks like an angry toddler tossed a handful of sparkly glitter all over the place, which means it can be a pain in the ass to navigate the night sky. Don’t be intimated by the sparkly mess above your head. M42 (Orion Nebula) is one of the most popular space clouds. Period. Everyone knows about M42, right? Sure. Yup. Perhaps they know a little something about the Orion [Click Here To Read Article...]

Dinosaur Killers!

06/15/2016 // 20 Comments

Earth was once ruled by very BIG things things equipped with very sharp teeth. And then things changed about 65 million years ago.   A six mile wide rocky space invader hurled through the cosmic inky depths, while a sparkling blue planet spun in the distance—Earth. Doomsday loomed above a roaring triceratops as a terrible lizard wrapped its toothy maw around a scaled neck. Delicious. [Click Here To Read Article...]

Night of the Winking Demon

08/14/2015 // 12 Comments

Did anyone see the Perseid meteor shower? You know…I had great expectations. I really did! Shooting stars fell from within my wrinkled mind. Streams of golden light dripped out of a stellar studded night sky and exploded into a kaleidoscope of burning colors. Yeah. I imagined the night sky would rain iridescent comet crumbs. **SPOILERS** None of that happened and I didn’t photograph any shooting stars. Sure, sure, sure—I witnessed a handful of burners. Not much. One was considerably bright and temporarily seared the starry sky. The rest were mere firecrackers. The meteor shower [Click Here To Read Article...]

Secret Photography Hack: Variable Camera Adapter and Filters

08/05/2015 // 6 Comments

  Shhhhhh…hey…hey…yeah—I’m talking to you. Come closer. Closer. …A little more… …Stop…if you want to get any closer…buy me a drink. Or something. My secret involves a universal camera adapter and filters. I discovered a way to use them simultaneously, but don’t worry! It’s a very simple technique, which is limited only by your unrelenting imagination. Here’s what you will need:   Orion Universal Camera Adapter Any 1.25” filter Eyepiece (optional) T-Ring   That’s it! If you happen to own the [Click Here To Read Article...]

Bow Down to the Almighty Supermoon…Again.

08/11/2014 // 6 Comments

I felt an ominous presence. I knew something was wrong. My gut whispered to me: look up. Yup—another Supermoon. **Puts on tin foil hat** You know what this means, right? The world is coming to an end—no—the universe is about to explode. I mean, how can such an astronomical phenomenon occur three times in a row?!?!?! Don’t tell me gravity is doing all this by itself. I know better. I’ve done some thinking: If we are going to glorify the day every time the moon is full during perigee, why not glorify the moon when it’s at apogee? Sure! Why not? Being at the furthest [Click Here To Read Article...]

Everybody Loves Vega

07/07/2014 // 0 Comments

There’s more to summer than sweaty buttcracks and fear inducing ice cream trucks! This sunny season also graffitied the sky with a different stellar wallpaper, which I have never been a fan of. Orion, Taurus, Gemini—they’re finished clogging the night-time canvas (at least until next winter). I’ve mentioned that I was going on a globular cluster hunt this summer, however, I’d like to take the opportunity and introduce you all to my pal Vega. No—I’m not talking about that masked acrobatic from Street Fighter. …No—I’m not talking about Vincent [Click Here To Read Article...]