March 25, 2017

Constructing the Very Small Optical Observatory.

VSOO.

The Very Small Optical Observatory in its heyday. (All Photos by Author).

Ahhh… eternal the lure of having ones’ own observatory. Batman has the Bat-cave, Superman has his Fortress of Solitude, and sooner or later, every astronomer heeds the siren song of having a place he and his mammoth telescope can call home. The perks are many fold; an observatory means you spend more time observing, not lugging, setting up, aligning, watching the clouds roll in, and packing it all back in. This week, I’m going to tell you the tale of how I built my own modest shrine to the stars, cheaply and quickly. [Read more...]

Light Pollution: Know your Enemy.

Light pollution.

An Unwanted Constellation in a Backyard Near You. Seminole, Florida. (Photo by Author).

    If there’s one cause that “lights” our fire here at Astroguyz, it’s the fight against Light Pollution. Now, with the 2nd Annual Great Star count well under way, it’s a good time to reflect (OK, another bad metaphor!) on what we’ve done to our night skies and what can be done about it. [Read more...]