There is a Lunar Eclipses coming our way in a couple of days, the night of 14-15 April.
Most of the US will be able to see it!

Friends Site

Here’s a link to a very dear friend of mine.
While this is not related to astronomy she does have some very fine jewelry and it is coming up to Christmas time.
Maybe it’s time to reward that the wife for all the cool Astro here you gotten over last year.
Anyway take a look at it.
Gold & Silver Jewelry

Lagoon Nebula-2

Last night was one of them night that it all came together.
The CG5 was tracking great.
The slews were dead on.
The software (AstroPlaner) had no problems.

I took at look at the Lagoon Nebula with my OIII and was just amazed with it again!

Here is a drawing I did.ngc6523w


Writing a Better Observing Report


I am a huge fan of keeping track of what I have observed.
I try and keep a log of some sort of what I have seen.
But I am at the point I NEED to make better reports.
and other such is just not good enough anymore.
Below are some of the items that I have come up with in writing a better report.


I usually use a scale of:
But, I am learning to figure out the magnitude but comparing to nearby objects

  • Very Dim,
  • Dim,
  • Slightly bright,
  • Moderately bright,
  • Bright,
  • Very bright

This is just something that I use. You can come up with something of your own.

Open Star Clusters

  • What is the size of the cluster?
  • Can you estimate the number of stars?
  • Are the stars of equal brightness?
  • Or are most of them dim with a sprinkle of brighter stars etc.
  • Is there a pattern?
  • Are there any doubles or triples?
  • Is it loosely scattered or densely packed?
  • Are there any colorful stars?

Globular Clusters

  • Size?
  • Bight or dim?
  • Symmetrical (round) other features?
  • How close to the core can stars be resolved?
  • Dense core?
  • Dust or dark lanes?
  • Gradual brightening to core or a distinct core with halo of faint stars?

Planetary Nebula

  • Size?
  • Shape?
  • Color?
  • Features? (ringed, bi-polar, central star)


  • Size
  • Shape, N-S-E-W orientation if elongated?
  • The three main features of a galaxy are generally referred to as
  • nucleus, a core and a disk
  • Magnitude, is it bright or dim?
  • The three main features of a galaxy are generally referred to as nucleus, a core and a disk, How do they relate to each other?

Orion 120 ST Upgrade

I really enjoy my Orion 120ST.
It's the scope I use the most. This scope is a great performer on deep sky viewing.
But one of the cons is the focuser that comes with it, the stock focuser isn't quite smooth enough for easy high power focusing and you can forget about any sort of AP.

So this Christmas I got a 2" Crayford Focuser from Scopestuff.
It totally changed the life of this wonderful scope


This was a simple upgrade. All you have to do is remove the 3 screws then new focuser just dropped in.