Happy New Year! (with a bit of hoar)

Happy 2018 everyone from Dogstar Observatory. It was a chilly 5 degrees F this morning. Balsam was blanketed last night with hoar frost which, while beautiful, resulted in cancellation of the highly anticipated New Years Eve party. In case you are interested, hoar...

Teaser for Solar Eclipse

Just a quick teaser on what the two main players (Sun and Moon) are up to in the weeks leading up to the total solar eclipse. These image were taken on July 16th with a small refractor telescope (about 600 mm equivalent) and an Olympus DSLR camera.The newish moon was...

April Skies

Other than lots of snow, not much happened in March sky-wise. We did have a chance to visit Balsam neighbors and winter Naples residents Wayde and Nancy Seidensticker last month. Sure was nice to be in the warm sun after the cold of February and March. In addition to...

February Skies

If you have not had a chance to see comet Lovejoy you still have a few more weeks before it it gets too dim. Check out the latest photos and finder charts on the Sky and Telescope web site or at the Space Weather site. Use the Pleiades as a jumping off point and with...