The moon rises later each evening now. That means a late night for sketchers. Luckily my small 70mm Televue Ranger on a telepod mount requires no setup. I keep it permanently set up in the garage.
The features I’ve sketched on the 18-day moon begin with sunset on Mare Crisium – on the terminator [...]
Galileo noted a fixt star (at left), now known to be Neptune on this sketch from December 28, 1612
Skymap Pro chart of Jupiter and Neptune (the square at left), December 28, 1612
My sketch of Neptune with Jupiter and the Galilean moons
Galileo made the first recorded observation of Neptune in 1612 when Neptune [...]
It’s just a few days until Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, ‘Part 2′ opens, so I am updating my literary stargazing project. I even added a few new objects to the list. So head up to the astronomy tower at your own Hogwarts and look up into the summer night sky. [...]