When we admired Saturn through the telescope, I was dumbfounded. I had never really seen Saturn before I guess. It was so perfectly round and so black-and-white bright that it looked, as my friend Sue put it, “like a sticker on the lens.” A postcard perfect Saturn.
All I can say is get back up here on one of the next two weekends (August 22 or August 29) because after Labor Day the observatory may not be there anymore.
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.
Over at A Sky Full of Stars, Tavi and Rob have a post about tonight’s ‘sunset treats’. Head on over and read up on how to catch Mercury next to the Pleiades, the Hyades, Vesta and Orion Nebula, and four open clusters (M35, M36, M37 and M38) next to the crecent moon!
Another blog tackling the 2012 nonsense is YowCrooks. This blog tackles the personalities behind the “2012 movement”, including Marshall Masters, a former CNN producer who is churning out slickly made disinformation videos.