January and February Comets

There are a couple of exciting comets gracing the skies at the moment. With a waning, nearly new moon, clear nights this week would be good for observing at least one of them in a dark sky… though I suppose it’s a bit chilly. Periodic comet 144/P Kushida is in a good place, very accessible […]

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Saturn’s rings vanish!

Saturn’s rings are tilted about 1° from edgewise. Look for Saturn below the constellation of Leo the Lion. The tilt of Saturn’s rings will increase for the first part of this year to about 4° and then decrease again after May. Try and observe Saturn’s rings with a telescope while they are still very close […]

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Becoming a Better Observer – Sketching at the Eyepiece (Using The Macular Imaging System)

I gave a presentation some time ago at Warren Astronomy Society’s meeting called “The Macular Imaging System.” It inspired some of the members of WAS to ask me to write an article about my experience and methods of visual observation, recording and how enjoyable it can be, and how to obtain a permanent record of the evening’s […]

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