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A starry night

After twenty-nine years of visual and photographic observing, I think it is time to share a bit of what I know about the sky. I do not know as much as some of my contemporaries in the hobby, but we will give it a go.

If you can see the sky, you can join me on this journey. All you need is your eyes and a little bit of an imagination to link the stars into the patterns that our  ancestors invented long before the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. If you have a pair of binoculars, the journey gets even better. A telescope and we can go deep into the universe!  I will be posting tours and observations in this blog that you repeat at your leisure. I may throw in some spaceflight into the mix to keep things interesting along with some historical stuff from the history of astronomy. Lets go observing!

Next: A celestial camping trip….

  • Man on Mars: Mission September 1, 2014
    Did anyone watch the documentary that aired last night on the Science Channel, Man on Mars: Mission? I'm putting it here with the other sci-fi because frankly that's what it basically was. It was an uninspired and disappointing regurgitation of old ideas, old paradigms, and old excuses. This was obviously a vehicle for NASA to say, keep shoveling u […]
  • SCI-FI pet peeves September 1, 2014
    the "Revolution" thread got me thinking and rather than derail that thread, I started this one. What are some of the inconsistancies/errors/etc about popular (or not so popular) SCI-FI films and TV shows that just grind your gears? other than the terminator examples given and the entire premise of revolution... one that always bugged me is how Cade […]
  • The Last Ship August 31, 2014
    This show just ended its first season. I enjoyed it. It put the USN in a very good light, and was realistic about how a command structure worked. The show was also very realistic as to how it portrayed a pandemic and the type of work involved in making vaccines for such things. The Russians were portrayed just a little bit too cartoonish and incompetent for […]
  • Doctor Strange (201x?) August 29, 2014
    Studio: MarvelGenre: Adventure, FantasyStatus: strongly rumored preproduction (Marvel hss a mysterious open slot in 2014-2015) and Marvel screenwriter Zak Penn (Avengers, Incredible Hulk, X2) has stronly hinted he's working on a script.Synopsis -Dr. Steven Strange, a surgeon with hands maimed in an auto accident and a wounded past, finds a new life when […]
  • Quantum imaging with undetected light August 28, 2014
    Spooky Imaging at a distance. Whodathunkit? Einstein and Schrodinger would love it. Paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.4318v2http://i.phys.org/news/2014-08-picturing-schrodinger-cat-quantum-physics.html Picturing Schrodinger's cat: Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Informatio […]