astronomy

5 Red Reasons Why Mars Sucks

09/11/2016 // 21 Comments

  Shhh…they may not tell you this in the science text books, but Mars sucks. Yup. It’s true. Hop inside your imagination rocket and let’s explore five reasons why we should never go to the Red Planet.   Number 1 Mars Is…Like…Ummm…Really Far Away     Yes. Fancy computer animations on television make it seem like Mars is just around the cosmic corner, right? Walk a few blocks to the Milky Way, pick up some…ummm…shitty milk, then meander to a red dusty world. No worries. We’ll be back before dawn. Yeah. What a pile of [Click Here To Read Article...]

Astrophotography: The Skyglow Blues

01/11/2016 // 6 Comments

  When you look outside at night…what do you see? A rusted sky? Perhaps a gang of street lamps…loitering at the end of the block…smoking cigarettes or drinking beers… Many of us no longer have the luxury of being able to bask under a truly dark sky. It’s heartbreaking. Sodium vapor street lamps tarnish the night sky, smearing a nasty orange glow across the cosmos. Meek starlight can’t compete against the bombardment of countless street lamps, so the night sky becomes veiled behind a curtain of impenetrable pollution. …What’s the matter? Are you [Click Here To Read Article...]

No Money Astronomy: Stars

07/10/2015 // 11 Comments

So, I was at the grocery store the other day, admiring the baguettes, when I heard footsteps directly behind me. The pressure of staring eyes caused me to lift my snout into the air, that’s when someone tapped me on the shoulder. Three times. “You know, I want to get into amateur astronomy, but I don’t have the cash! The gear is way too expensive!” A voice said. I turned around and placed a hand upon the disheveled individual’s shoulders. “Don’t worry, my friend! Let me ask you a question: are you blind?” The disheveled individual scratched his [Click Here To Read Article...]

Confused Stellar Lizard Needs Help

11/10/2014 // 2 Comments

Quick question: what is your favorite constellation? Most people will say classics, such as—Orion, Leo, Ursa Major, Sagittarius, Scorpius and blah, blah, blah. Those are very respectable constellations! I mean, who doesn’t like Orion, right? Orion’s Belt is arguably one of the most prominent stellar ornaments. Orion’s choice of fashion makes everything else around it look like shit. There’s also a famous nebula close by, but who cares about space gas? Everyone. Let’s pretend that you asked me what my favorite constellation is. My answer will always be: Lacerta. [Click Here To Read Article...]

For Information: Dial 1-800-Altair

09/18/2014 // 4 Comments

Summer is almost over. It would be awfully wrong of me to end the summer without discussing the last star of the Summer Triangle. Makes sense, right? Ahhhh: Altair. What could I say about my stellar friend in the sky? Turns out not much of anything! Off the top of my head I know a few facts about Altair, but that’s about it. Altair happens to be one of them fancy stars I use to navigate the sky with. Vega is another one of them fancy stars. Altair is pretty easy to find, especially if you are able to locate Deneb and Vega. From my location (EST), if I were to go outside around dusk, all [Click Here To Read Article...]

Never Fear! Deneb is Here!

08/25/2014 // 0 Comments

If you were to go outside past midnight (EST) on a summer’s eve and crank your eyes to the sky—what would you see? Yup, you’d see stars, but don’t be a smart ass! I’m referring to a peculiar star known as Deneb in the Constellation Cygnus. **AHEM** allow me to put on my wizard hat and cast a few spells to highlight what I’m talking about. As you can see in the image above, I graciously added lanes of white to highlight the constellation Cygnus. Cygnus is an easy constellation to locate. Look for a cross-like asterism that is situated below Vega. It’s a [Click Here To Read Article...]

Shooting for the Stars: Canon Rebel XSi

07/31/2014 // 5 Comments

Is that thunder I hear? FlyTrapMan constructed a thoughtful review on the Canon Rebel XSi in terms of using it for basic astrophotography! After months and months of procrastination—the day has finally arrived. Prepare thyself! First things first: Let’s take a quick glance at this camera’s specs:   12.2 Megapixel CMOS chip 3.0 inch LCD Monitor Live View Function 3.5 fps Continuous Shooting ISO 1600 Canon 18-55 kit lens (optional) Price $450-600 Body alone – $189.00   Although the Canon Rebel XSi is a bit outdated—don’t underestimate what it can accomplish [Click Here To Read Article...]

Bow Down to the Almighty Supermoon!!!

07/11/2014 // 6 Comments

Well? Aren’t you slacked jawed in complete awe? Look at that HUGE moon! Damn! I have never seen our nearest worldly satellite so big! Ha! What a bunch of crapola! You don’t believe the supermoon hype, do ya? Sadly, there’s nothing too special about 7/11/2014’s full moon. Sure, sure—lunar perigee happens to occur when it is full—this astronomical occurrence makes the moon about 30% brighter and 15% larger, but you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference by eye alone. If you thought this particular astronomical occurrence was rare, think again! About four [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...]

Shooting for the Stars: Orion Epic II ED 18mm Eyepiece

06/02/2014 // 5 Comments

For awhile now, I been in the mood to up-grade my 25mm plossl eyepiece. But my heart is now broken! You see, I plan on hunting for globular clusters as summer begins to constrict its sweaty palms around New England. As I was strolling through the grocery store, I happened to turn my head and see an Astronomy Magazine next to a box of condoms. Guess what? The issue happens to be dedicated to globular clusters! A strange coincidence, indeed. It appears Orion has discontinued the line of eyepieces I was looking for!!! I know what you’re thinking: Well, did you check Amazon? The Lord of [Click Here To Read Article...]