June 5: The Last Transit of Venus Of Your Lifetime

The last Transit of Venus of your lifetime will happen on June 5, 2012, and the observatories, astronomy clubs, and planetariums of Michigan aim to help you see it. What’s a transit? A transit, from our perspective, is when an object in space passes between the earth and the sun. To simplify a bit: Venus […]

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Buying A Telescope

Buying your first telescope can be very intimidating. Here are some simple pointers that can make the whole experience enjoyable and rewarding. Avoid buying a telescope from a discount store, shoppers’ club, or a TV shopping network. Those telescopes tend to be lower quality instruments. Buy a major brand name scope from a real telescope […]

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Getting Started In Solar Observing

Warning: In solar observing, safety is always paramount. Retinal eye damage caused by the sun is permanent. Always make sure your telescope is properly filtered and that your filter is undamaged before looking through it. Cap off any unfiltered optics such as guide scopes. For the 4th of July, solar observers got a gift: an honest-to-goodness […]

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