Episode 297 – Objects to Observe in February 2023 Show Notes

In this episode we’ll talk about the Zodiacal light, Venus and Neptune in the same field of view, the Moon pairing up with Venus & Jupiter then the Moon before it gets so close to Mars in your telescope. Oh and just to let those listening on the 365 Days of Astronomy you can catchContinue reading “Episode 297 – Objects to Observe in February 2023 Show Notes”

Episode 294 – Stars You Should Know Show Notes

Focusing on classic Greek-Roman names with occasional indigenous references. The classic names are used in some GoTo telescope software for sky alignment (e.g. Sky-Watcher SynScan and Celestron). Spectral classes O B A F G K M — Annie Jump Cannon  References: Star Tales (2018) Ian Ridpath Star Names (1963) Richard Hinckley Allen  Sky Safari 7Continue reading “Episode 294 – Stars You Should Know Show Notes”

Episode 287 – Objects to Observe in January 2023 Show Notes

January 1st – Occultation of Uranus by the Moon for Eastern NA just after dark and UK Europe etc. in early AM. January 3rd – Another Occultation of Mars by the Moon Favoured regions would be West Coast of NA just before dawn on the 3rd. Maybe those in Japan and Alaska have the bestContinue reading “Episode 287 – Objects to Observe in January 2023 Show Notes”

Episode 272 – ATM-ing with Special Guest Tom Otvos Show Notes

Check out Tom’s website for more info about his journey making amateur telescopes https://astronomy.tomotvos.ca Here is a picture of Mel Bartels and Tom at the Black Forest star party. Mel was to look through the scope he helped Tom make: Here is Artemis ready for action: And finally, for the technically-minded, here is the before/afterContinue reading “Episode 272 – ATM-ing with Special Guest Tom Otvos Show Notes”

Episode 270 – Objects to Observe in November 2022

Nov. 1 – 1st Quarter & Saturn 4-degree N of the Moon Nov. 3rd – Double Shadow Transit, we might catch the end here…good for EST and East. And if you happen to be listening from Antarctica…the asteroid Juno will be Occulted by the Moon…within 1-degree for elsewhere. Juno, otherwise known as 3 Juno becauseContinue reading “Episode 270 – Objects to Observe in November 2022”

Episode 261 – Objects to Observe in October 2022

October 3rd – first quarter Moon & Lunar Straight Wall visible October 5th – Saturn 4 degrees North of the Moon October 7th – Neptune is 4 degrees North of Moon October 8th – Morning Sky – Mercury greatest Elongation West 18-degrees from sun. Best morning apparition this year. October 8th Jupiter NW of theContinue reading “Episode 261 – Objects to Observe in October 2022”

Episode 244 – Objects to Observe in August 2022 Show Notes

August 1 – Aug. starts with a Conjunction  with Mars 1.4-degrees North of Uranus August 4th – Mercury 0.7-degrees North of Regulus… best for southern hemisphere observers August 5th – First Quarter Moon & Straight Wall visible August 9th – Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter for E. NA August 11th – Full Moo August 12thContinue reading “Episode 244 – Objects to Observe in August 2022 Show Notes”

Episode 239 – Observing Dark Nebula: A Beginner’s Guide Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 239 of the Actual Astronomy Podcast: Summer Shorts & Favourite Fields – Observing Dark Nebula: A Beginner’s Guide. William Herschel was the first to notice these things when he was doing his sweeps in the 1780’s… he wrote of Scorpius “Here truly is a hole in the sky” However, these were notContinue reading “Episode 239 – Observing Dark Nebula: A Beginner’s Guide Show Notes”

Episode 238 – Surfing the Summer Star Clouds Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 238 of the Actual Astronomy Podcast: Summer Shorts & Favourite Fields – Surfing the Summer Star Clouds. Star Clouds are either denser regions of stars, dust and gas or regions that appear defined by dark obscuring matter. NGC 6445 in Scorpius Large Sagittarius Star Cloud – Central Bulge – Downtown MW –Continue reading “Episode 238 – Surfing the Summer Star Clouds Show Notes”

Episode 237 – Binocular Tour of the Summer Milky Way Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 237 of the Actual Astronomy Podcast: Summer Shorts & Favourite Fields A Binocular Tour of the Summer Milky-Way. Let’s go on a Binocular Tour of the Summer Milky-Way This is one I did using 7x35mm binoculars last week What do we need to get started? Binoculars? Red Light? Chart? Reclining Lounger StartContinue reading “Episode 237 – Binocular Tour of the Summer Milky Way Show Notes”