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September 18, 2007

This morning's planets

Let's hear it for Venus! (not to mention Mars and Staurn ;-) I've been following Venus carefully this year since February, but for some reason it seems much brighter in our morning sky - what a beacon! Yet the cold...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:36 AM
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June 26, 2007

A symbiotic southern exposure, new gigs, and some sidewalk astronomy

I've spent a little time lately exploring nearby sites that would give me the good southern exposure I lack at Driftway Observatory. Yesterday I found one that's near perfect, ended up doing a little sidewalk astronomy in the process, and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:37 AM
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May 26, 2007

Finding Mercury the easiest way

I do like the little Celestron NexStar 5. It led me quickly to Mercury this evening well before it was detectable to the naked eye and when there were no stars visible to do a normal two-star alignment. I...
Posted by Greg Stone at 09:15 PM
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Mercury -speedy - but easy to see if . . .

The next couple of weeks are our best opportunity to see the fleeting planet, Mercury, low in the western sky right after Sunset. This last week in May might be the best time to see it. While I hope folks...
Posted by Greg Stone at 12:39 PM
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May 08, 2007

When bad is good - a productive cloudy night of observing

Clouds! Throughout my observing life Iíve written off cloudy nights as next to useless for the observer. I guess this is due in part to my lack of serious interest in observing planets, because last night was certainly cloudy here,...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:38 AM
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