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Foci and Mirrors

This week’s discussion topic will attempt to answer the question: Suppose your Newtonian reflector has a mirror with a diameter of 20 cm and a focal length of 2 m. What magnification do you get with eyepieces whose focal lengths … Continue reading

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John Dobson, 1915–2014 – Homepage News – SkyandTelescope.com

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/John-Dobson-1915ndash2014-240456881.html Sad news this morning. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

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My First Date with Dob

Friday evening I had my first opportunity to really dig in and learn about the telescope I borrowed from my astronomy club. A week ago, Terry and I returned to Kansas City to meet one of the club members at … Continue reading

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Celebrating International Astromony Day Despite Cloud Cover

I missed the dawn of International Astronomy Day, thanks to a mostly overcast sky here in the Heart of America.  By mid-morning, the skies had partially cleared to allow the sun to peak through occasionally during my morning long walk … Continue reading

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Green Men, Red Planet, Grey Lord, Black Dog

After spending a very lazy Saturday avoiding the invasion of little green men from the Emerald Isle by baking bread, reading about life under Mao in China and watching action flix, Apollo and I took a long walk Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Bright Evening Star at Dark Moon

I got home from work yesterday before 5:15 p.m., leaving me plenty of time before the sunset to walk Apollo.  Terry got him so excited, whispering the word ‘walk’ in his eagerly raised ears.  By the time I had changed … Continue reading

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I Keep Looking Up

The first thing I do when I exit a building is look up.  The only time I don’t do this is during inclement weather (usually defined as rain or snow or just overcast, but even clouds can be interesting).  I … Continue reading

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Moon Over My Meade

Just before dusk last night, I walked Roxy (my ‘ditsy’ Rottweiler).  I hoped to catch a glimpse of the crescent moon, since the new moon occurred just two days before on Sunday afternoon.  I had missed the first crescent on … Continue reading

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