It’s the most remote, coldest, and hostile continent: Antarctica. In February 2018 I had the opportunity to visit this icy part of the planet while working as an astronomy lecturer on board of the cruise ship MS Bremen.
What kind of things do deep-sky observers need? A good scope. Clear skies. And something to find and identify objects and their features. The upcoming interstellarum Deep Sky Guide will be the definitive tool to do just this.
Triton is surely not an everyday’s target for visual observers. Neptune’s largest moon is far and faint. But on October 6, it happened to eclipse a distant star – which led to an impressive visual observation on the very edge of the solar system.
For visually observing solar eclipses, a high quality solar filter is essential. Among the best choices might be the little known IDAS solar filter.
The August new moon period has been spectacular so far: I got wonderful nights at the Oregon Star Party and could see the youngest new moon that is possible at the solar eclipse of August 21. Back home, I rounded it up with an excursion to my favourite deep sky observing spot. Continue reading “Deep Sky Nights at Edelweissspitze”
The Great American Eclipse was utterly beautiful – and quick! Here is a short report on the phonomena I observed while watching the event under almost perfect clear skies at the Oregon Star Party site in the Ochoco Mountains in central Oregon. Continue reading “Great American Eclipse: My observations”
The little scope that could. And might be used most often. Continue reading “Review: Takahashi FS-60C”
How to enjoy and see most of this breathtaking event. My lessons learned from four previous eclipses.