1. Perseids 2015 and My First Astrophotography Experience

    by , 08-20-2015 at 02:20 PM
    Here's my report on this year's Perseid's meteor shower which promised to be an excellent one in North America because it would be a moonless night. Coupled with cool, dry, and clear skies, it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at astrophotography. Well, I should have done some more research on this subject because I just winged it.

    I saw about 2 dozen meteors in 2 hours and captured only 3 decent shots with my ...

    Updated 08-20-2015 at 02:36 PM by BrownBrady

  2. How to Align a Finderscope for New Astronomers

    by , 07-23-2015 at 05:20 AM
    Hi guys, I just wanted to share this video I made about how to align a finderscope. I hope it helps new astronomers get setup on their first night out in the field.

    The finderscope in the video is an adjustable Orion finderscope. Yours may be different but the same principle applies. Locate a still target that is at least a half a mile away or 800 meters or more. Center it in the telescope using your highest powered eyepiece. ...
  3. 5 Advantages Binoculars Have Over Telescopes

    by , 07-18-2015 at 05:41 AM
    Binoculars are usually ignored by new astronomers because when they think about astronomy, they automatically think about telescopes. That's understandable. But binoculars have an important place in stargazing as I showed in this video.

    Obviously, they have their shortcomings in terms of limited aperture and magnification, but in this video, I point out these 5 advantages that binoculars have over telescopes:

  4. Video Review: Meade 90mm StarNavigator Refractor DS2090AT-TC

    by , 10-16-2013 at 03:57 PM
    Watch my Video Review: Review: Meade 90mm StarNavigator Refractor DS2090AT-TC | New Astronomer

    This is my first ever astronomy gear review of my first telescope: the Meade 90mm StarNavigator Refractor (DS2090AT-TC). It has a 90mm aperture objective, 800mm focal length giving it a focal ratio of F/8.8. It is computer-guided which is perfect for beginners.


    I think this is a great telescope ...

    Updated 07-18-2015 at 01:56 PM by BrownBrady

  5. How to Star Hop with a 9x50 Finder Scope

    by , 09-17-2013 at 08:45 PM
    Just blogging about this post by jonny ringo which I find quite good for reference purposes:

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny ringo View Post
    The book (Pocket Sky Atlas) is not a waste of money. It's the only chart I use in the field. Here's a free lesson with pictures to add to Skfboiler's example above. Find out the FOV of your finderscope. Then, bend a wire into a circle using the scale printed on the inside of the front cover. I use a keychain ring that is pretty close to 5 degrees because my 9x50 finder is 5 degrees.
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