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September 29, 2007

A new visual intimacy with the universe and others

To understand my enthusiastic reaction to a new, tiny, and inexpensive 2.5-inch LCD video monitor, you have to understand my fundamental goal helping people connect with the universe. In doing that I have been very suspicious of putting too...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:31 AM
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September 19, 2007

Video, sketching, observing and education

My focus of late has been on how to best integrate video astronomy into my educational programs - and personal observing - so I retain the sense of intimacy - the connections - with the night sky. I'm skeptical of...
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:27 AM
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June 15, 2007

Size 'em up!

Dave Buhrman just sent me a wonderful link to a site that does an excellent job of comparing the sizes of the planets, Sun, and other stars. Of course anyone can do this - but not everyone can do it...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:13 PM
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April 07, 2007

Epi, epi, epicycles!

Boy if you ever wondered about those crazy epicycles that folks had so much trouble explaining when they assumed we were the center of the solar system (universe?) and not the Sun, take a look at this Astronomy Picture of...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:44 PM
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March 24, 2007

Weather lessons, electronic eyepieces and finding stuff

Preface: A Messier Marathon is an event held near the end of March, the one time of the year when you can actually see all the Messier objects in a single night. There are 110 Messier objects and a...
Posted by Greg Stone at 12:31 PM
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March 12, 2007

Notes on looking up . . .

Another hour or so beneath the Orion 80 ED on a p-mount has given me more insights into this business of straight through viewing - looking up to see the stars. (See earlier post.) What's more, I just did a...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:28 AM
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November 16, 2006

Where we were November 11, 2006

I love trying to get a grip on reality - and it's not easy when it comes to looking at the sky from the perspective we get on the surface of this tiny planet. Really understanding what we are seeing...
Posted by Greg Stone at 09:52 AM
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October 27, 2006

Lessons learned from Orion's sword

One of the more enlightening moments I had last year was when a visitor to Driftway Observatory peered into the 15-inch and asked me if the three stars in a row she saw were Orion's Belt. It was a good...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:53 AM
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October 18, 2006

Going round and round . . .

I've added this simple North Star disc 2-feet in diameter to the Observatory tools. When you face it, youre also facing north, and it spins gently so you can adjust it to the current positions of the...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:38 AM
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August 09, 2006

Old dogs, new tricks, and O-III filters

Well, I learned something new last night. For most of my amateur astronomy life I have regarded the moon as an enemy and the full moon as Satan. Why? Because a bright moon drowns out most of the interesting things...
Posted by Greg Stone at 09:24 AM
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May 25, 2006

Blind and no bluff

Contour drawing, Im talking about but with no contours, either. Still, it helps Im convinced you see more when you do it. As usual, when I plan to get up early I end up getting a whopping 6-hours...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:41 AM
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May 23, 2006

Twinkle, twinkle little nuclear explosion

I had a father and his10-year-old son come for their first visit to the Observatory yesterday and this time I think I started them off right. Ive learned a lot during this first year of public observing sessions and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:10 AM
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March 26, 2006

Of hawks, craters and galaxies

Sometimes I learn things the hard way. No, I always learn them the hard way sometimes I just carry that approach to the ridiculous. This is one such time. But I think Im a little wiser, though not...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:48 AM
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July 01, 2005

Sun, Moon, Twilight tables

You can callculate tables giving you sunrise, sunset times - as well as moonrise and moonset and astronomicaland civil twilight times - for any location on earth by going to the US Naval Observatory site here. I used this site...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:57 AM
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Recent Entries in Rapt in Awe
A new visual intimacy with the universe and others

Video, sketching, observing and education

Size 'em up!

Epi, epi, epicycles!

Weather lessons, electronic eyepieces and finding stuff

Notes on looking up . . .

Where we were November 11, 2006

Lessons learned from Orion's sword

Going round and round . . .

Old dogs, new tricks, and O-III filters

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