I have some acreage, an observatory, a telescope and a little bit of equipment. Nothing fancy - the observatory is little more than a modified outbuilding and I don't have the fanciest equipment and the most updated gee-whiz software applications. But I do okay with what I have, and so can you. This site is not geared toward the professional astronomer; it's geared toward people like you and me who peer into the skies from our back yards and suburban rooftops. Please participate in the blog and share your knowledge and questions with the rest of us.
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Illustrated Maintenance Procedures: There's a lot more to astronomy/astrophotography than owning some nice equipment and knowing your way around the night sky. It's important to keep your gear ready to go on a moment's notice and at peak performance. Here are some illustrated maintenance/upgrade procedures:
Total lunar eclipses are rare. Eclipses you can actually see from the Seattle area are even rarer. It was an amazing morning - temperatures right at freezing and only an occasional high cloud to block the view.
View my images.
In late January, 2014, a supernova flared to life in M82, the Cigar Galaxy, exciting amateur astronomers worldwide.
View my images.
On June 5, 2012, Venus moved across the face of the sun - for the last time in our lifetimes. View my Venus transit images.