Newcomers to astronomy are often shocked when amateur astronomers (including me) tell them that there first telescope should be a pair of binoculars. I’ve covered this topic before, and so have other astronomy bloggers.
There are many reasons for this: Binoculars are more versatile than a telescope, you can use them for more purposes. Most amateur astronomers bring binoculars with them on observing sessions anyway. Binoculars help you to find the objects you are looking for. Binoculars are less expensive than telescopes (unless you’re buying a department store piece of junk).
Today’s episode of 365 Days of Astronomy fits right in with this advice. British author/broadcaster Robin Scagell looks at the pros and cons of binocular observing, and gives us some tips on getting the most out of our observing sessions with binoculars. So head on over and give a listen to Don’t Forget your Binoculars.
Oh, and don’t forget your free planisphere and star atlas, your list of binocular objects, and your list of binocular Messier objects!
In the April 27th edition, 365 Days of Astronomy podcast takes on the 2012 hoax with an episode titled Will the World End in 2012?.
Podcaster Cameron Hummels is pursuing a PhD in astronomy at Columbia University.
It’s been a while since I announced one of the 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts, but I am listening to this one this morning, and it’s great! Head on over and give it a listen!
Today Davin Flateau takes us on a musical / narrated journey through the discoveries of exoplanets, pulling audio clips from various sources and remixing them to music by Cardamar
Carolyn Collins Petersen of Loch Ness Productions explains that We Are All Star Stuff. The calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood, all of the elements that make up our physical bodies were cooked up in distant stars that died long before the birth of our solar system.
George Hrab wrote the theme song for the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast, but the version used at the start of each day’s episode is a shortened version of the whole thing. Now he’s put the whole
MP3 up on his blog for everyone to hear… and it’s funny.
Richard B. Drumm interviews NRAO personnel for an overview ofALMA: Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array.
January 31: Beyond Vision. Chris Impey talks about innovations since Galileo’s telescope, especially those that extend past the visible spectrum.