Binocs, telescope, naked eye: Ways to view night sky

Summer gives way to fall at 3:05 a.m. Sept. 23. Get out and enjoy the relatively warm nights. We all know they won’t last.Two gas giants highlight the month’s night sky.One, Jupiter, the solar...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Neptune slow, hard to see, but worth a gander

Summer’s southern sky holds numerous deep-space jewels. Three constellations, Scorpius, Sagittarius and Ophiuchus, are loaded with worthy targets, star clusters, nebulae and double stars.Libra,...

DATE: July 23, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Magnify your sky-gazing fun by just using eyes

Clear, dark summer nights may be short but they’re relatively warm, and the sky is draped in our constellation’s glow as the Milky Way streams from Scorpius and Sagittarius in the south to...

DATE: June 25, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Look for Saturn in June – and give Pluto a shot, too

Summer’s coming on. It won’t be long. The solstice arrives at 11:16 a.m. June 21. The nights are short but almost warm, an acceptable combination for stargazers.The sun sets shortly before 8:30...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

May mornings bringing unusual planet lineup

Some of our neighboring planets have been in hiding lately, but they’re showing up now, one in the evening and a cluster of four in the predawn sky.Although it reached opposition last month, Saturn...

DATE: April 23, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Saturn’s tilt will give ring viewers a straight shot

With winter only a memory (we hope), many amateur astronomers come out of hibernation in April and revisit the night sky at some length. Let’s get those scopes out and see what’s going on in the...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

What’s Up in Durango Skies Mercury, Jupiter provide entertainment in March sky

Cabin fever be gone. Spring is almost here. It begins March 20 at 5:21 p.m.The benefit to stargazers is somewhat offset by the return of Daylight Saving Time on March 13. Darkness will come later,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Orion attracts gazers who can handle the chill

I’m a fair-weather, warm-weather stargazer.I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a new array of instruments that are still in boxes, as I wait for the snow and mud and seriously cold nights to go...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Let’s hope night sky brightens up in January

Mother Nature has failed to cooperate with celestial observers in these parts lately.I managed to see some Geminid meteors on Dec. 14, but the sky was hazy. Faint “shooting stars” eluded me....

DATE: Dec. 25, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Easy treats out there for hardy stargazers

December has a couple of holiday treats for stargazers, and you won’t need a telescope to enjoy them – just the ability to tolerate the season’s chill.The Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Take a look at Jupiter; you may see a big spot

Well, my experiments with astrophotography are on hold while my wife and I are volunteering at Canyonlands National Park. On the plus side, the park’s skies are even darker than my Montezuma County...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Learning to photograph celestial objects

I’ve been a visual amateur astronomer on and off since I was a teenager. Now, though, I’m getting excited about dabbling in astrophotography.The advent of digital photography has been a boon to the...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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