Sidewalk Astronomy

LatestOn a cool, nay, cold 14 March I took my CPC out to do some adjustments and complete collimation.

Despite the cold it was a beautiful night for observing the waxing crescent Moon and Jupiter.

I was joined by youthful astronomer Nicolas Dickieson and his parents. Nicolas is the eager young astronomer who I gave the Skywatcher refractor to at Christmas. We have a few bugs to work out with the AZ3 telescope mount but nothing insurmountable.

I am certain with a few more observing nights together, Nicolas will be away on his journey of discovery. 0

As we enter March 2016, Jupiter is nicely positioned in our evening skies for outreach and observing. Rising around six o’clock in the evening and reaching two airmass (about 30 […]

Year-end Review 2015

As we near the end of the year, I look back on 2015  in terms of the state of astronomy and what I did to help promote the hobby and […]

LatestAs we near the end of 2015, I wanted to reinvent the look of the website for what may be my last year doing sidewalk astronomy in Charlottetown.

Part of this renewal is to update some key posts and to repost some which deal with questions or issues which arise frequently.

I welcome any feedback or comments on the posts or the look and feel of the website. 2

Scopes for Schools Update

When I started the Scopes for Schools project a year ago, I did so with the intent to fund a telescope for one school and to provide for some opportunity […]

Although this year has not been a banner one for my astronomy interest due to illness, it has also been an abysmal year for observing here on grand, old Prince […]

g4131 Taking advantage of  the great skies lately, I plan to go to the Boardwalk tonight to observe the 5 day old waxing crescent Moon tonight and get a peek at Saturn before she gets too low in the sky

As the moon will be only 25% illuminated, some deep space objects may still be observable.  The Sun at 20:16 and twilight ends at 22;12 making for some great views. Forecast is for minimal clouds and excellent transparency and seeing.

If you are in the area, come say hello and check out Saturn and the Moon. (Insect repellent may be useful dependent upon how hungry the little critters are.)

Current plans are to be there between 7-11PM