Destinations and Journey, or, why am I in Utah again?

So I have arrived in Utah. Capitol Reef National Park is in south-central Utah. Though a sprawling park, it’s mostly overlooked by travelers rushing from the big letter parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches. I like places that are mostly overlooked by others…it always suggests to me that there’s really something of value there.…

Dobstuff.com Telescope Time Lapse

So I’m writing a review for what I hope will become my bicycle-transportable telescope. It’s a three-pole dobsonian design made by Dennis Steele of dobstuff.com and designed to be lightweight and easily broken down into components for a more compact travel profile. Dennis offers complete telescopes, rebuilds from existing components, and kits for semi-DIYers like…

February Second Friday Musings

Just a few days until the second Friday in February and, hopefully, our third successful winter star party at Washington Park. Check this space on Friday afternoon for a weather prediction. Again, however, the basic rule: if it’s clear around 6pm, I’ll be out there with my telescope. This has been a tough couple of…

Observing in the Cold

This friday is the third Second Friday Star Party of the 2010-2011 season. At this moment, the NOAA forcast is for “mostly cloudy”…but it’s a few days and a few orders of magnitude of reliability away. Though I won’t count my chicks before they hatch, I also won’t throw them out with the bathwater. Tuesday…