has been an
important part of my life for over 40 years. I like
I've owned a lot of telescopes, and am presently satisfied with the eight I have:
|Items of Interest:|
Read how I, a humble man of less than ordinary means, came to possess these legendary telescopes.
Experience even more levels of detail as I wax enthusiastic over this fabled instrument.
Discussions of various telescopes I have owned, plus some accessories.
|Beginning Nerd Astronomy
Discover the pulse-pounding origins of my involvement in amateur astronomy.
A few photographs from this amazing event.
|Essays concerning observing and space:
An essay about the seasons and observing
Another essay about observing
A story about a shuttle launch
|The BS Catalog
of Favorite Little-Known Deep Sky Objects
No Messier objects here...but nothing especially difficult, either.
|Artwork from the impact of Comet
Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter
My views of the most impressive celestial event anyone has ever seen.
drawing and photographs
We could use a few more comets like this one.
|Artwork from Saturn's 1989 occultation
of 28 Sagittarii
Watching Saturn pass in front of a bright star is pretty trippy.
Mostly auroras, with a few other things.
Notes on a few pairs which are particularly challenging or significant in some way. Or at least pretty.
|English Lessons for Amateur
Read no farther! I warn you, don't look at this!
|Celestron Omni XLT 150 Review
Are your telescopic ambitions somewhat modest? Maybe this inexpensive little scope will interest you.
|Comet 17P/Holmes Drawings
A humble periodic comet makes an unexpectedly big impression.
the Horsehead Nebula
A few notes on observing this famously elusive object over the years.
|Brandon Eyepiece Review
A few thoughts and reminiscences about these venerable oculars, a product of the little farm village of Candor, New York, near my home.
|Three-Inch Refractor Shootout
In which some not very surprising conclusions are drawn about the relative performance of a few small telescopes.
Photos from this rare event. If you missed it, don't count on being around for the next one.
Featuring the more successful of my humble efforts at the art and science of celestial photography.
|Celestron Advanced VX Mount Review
Early results with this entry-level goto telescope mount.