Charles Hakes

Email: hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

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

Meteor shower could be the year’s best

August features two special celestial viewing opportunities.Remote Neptune is at its best for the year, but a good telescope with computer control (or a star chart for manual targeting) is needed...

DATE: July 24, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Objects of interest found day and night

Last month's column mentioned an unusual change in Jupiter's appearance. Now let's have a look at the sun - not directly, of course, without adequate eye protection. The sun hasn't been...

DATE: June 26, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Space study will live on without shuttles

A few days ago, the space shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The shuttles have carried numerous astronomical instruments into space, including the incomparable Hubble...

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

Visitor loyalty starts with friendly locals

I've been a student, teacher and practitioner of customer service throughout my career. One subject that gets plenty oftalk time is customer loyalty. What is it? How do you get it, and if you have...

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

If you want to get involved, find a party

April has been designated Global Astronomy Month, an outreach effort sponsored by Astronomers Without Borders, hopingto develop new ways to “connect people around the world." The slogan is One...

DATE: March 28, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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