No Money Astronomy: Specters In The Night

07/21/2015 // 5 Comments

The night sky is haunted. There are ghastly starry specters—soft splatters of ethereal light—glowing among the eternal dark. They’ll make your eyes squint. They’ll make you question reality…am I seeing things? Is there anything really there? Why am I talking to myself? It’s true! The night sky is filled with allllll sorts of things and all we need is biological optics (eyes).   Nebula Galaxies (Andromeda) Star Clusters Comets Satellites   These celestial spooks are dim, but perceptible—if you know where to look. We explored the stars, constellations, [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...]

Shooting for the Stars: A Perspective on Astrophotography

07/27/2013 // 2 Comments

Are you tired of spending night after night under the stars and having nothing to show for it besides a handful of blurry, uninspiring, and disgusting images? What do you say? Are you ready to take the night back? Grab your camera! I’ll meet you outside!   Welcome to Starlight Boot Camp   No matter what kind of camera you’re using—it needs to be a slave to your will. Every parameter needs to be manually adjusted. Automatic settings will not work. You need to be in control of three critical aspects: Aperture Exposure ISO Most cameras have the option to adjust at least a [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet

06/28/2013 // 0 Comments

A Shining Imposter   Not every point of light in the night sky is a star. Sure. Some colorful points of lights are airplanes. Yeah. We all know that. But did you know it’s possible to see siblings of our solar system? Yes—it’s really possible to see planets. Twinkle, twinkle little star…blah blah blah…you know the rest. Something is responsible for a starlight’s restless wiggle. Or twinkle. That something is the comfortable (at least for the time being) atmosphere, which is saturated with many great things: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, volcano puke, [Click Here To Read Article...]