Astronomy Log: 2019006

My son Aaron, my wife April and I all went up to Balsam Lake Provincial Park to help in a night sky presentation by the park staff. The intention was we would bring our telescopes and help out with the presentation and then let visitors observe through our telescopes afterwards. In the end, that's what happened, however the mosquito population overwhelmed us and Jupiter was the only target that got observed. [More]

Astronomy Log: 2019005

It was a nice clear night with a light breeze and my son Aaron and I had just finished watching a basketball game (our Toronto Raptors are in the NBA finals!), so I decided to bring out my 8” SCT to have a look at Jupiter which was situated in the south east over the neighbouring houses. [More]

Astronomy Log: 2019004

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We finally had a decent chance to do some observing, so my son Aaron and I cooked up a scheme that we’d go to sleep early, then get up at 2AM, jump in the car already packed with gear, drive to our remote observing site in Springwater and get some images of Jupiter and Saturn. [More]

Astronomy Log: 2019003

So for the first time in ages it was: (a) clear, (b) not freezing, (c) open grassy spots in the yard. I therefore hauled my Meade 2080 into the yard and set it up. It was still fairly breezy and at -2°C it wasn't exactly balmy. However I hadn't been out in ages, so I was excited to finally get back out under the stars. It was a very short session, however, as the breeze made observing quite uncomfortable and the seeing simply wasn't worth sticking it out for. [More]

Astronomy Log: 2019002

My youngest son informed me that the only two remaining planets on his "Astronomy bucket list" are Neptune and Uranus. I noticed in the morning that the Clear Sky Chart was showing that the seeing tonight was supposed to be good, and it was going to be clear. So I suggested we bundle up, load our car up with our scopes (he has an 8" Dob) and head out to a field north west of town to see if we could bag these two planets (along with a few others). [More]

Astronomy Log: 2019001

This is my first log entry on my website - I hope to have many more in the future! Tonight was the first decently clear sky since the new year, and it was also my first opportunity to try out my Astronomik UHC filter that I got for Christmas. I decided that my best option would be to put the f/6.3 focal reducer on my 8" SCT and use my widest angle eyepiece (a Meade 24.5mm SWA that has a 65° field of view). I grabbed all my gear and shuffled out into our small backyard and set up out of the glare of the street lights, the neighbour’s lights and the lights from my own house. [More]