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

Downtown must maintain its vitality

Health care is certainly in the headlines these days, and it reminds me that downtowns must also pay attention to theirhealth and well-being.For downtown Durango, maintaining its health is of...

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

To see stars, find yourself in the dark

A few years ago, my wife and I were volunteers at Big Bend National Park.We spent a month next to the Rio Grande, a stone's throw from Mexico. It was a marvelous place and time.One of the most...

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

Even amateur astronomers can think big

How bad can the economy be?Over the years, I've bought a few stargazing accessories from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars, so I'm unavoidably onthe company's mailing list. The latest catalog just...

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

Mars bigger, closer at 'just' 61M miles

It seems incongruous, but Earth is closest to the sun each year on Jan. 2.It's the tilt of Earth on its axis rather than proximity to the sun that causes seasonal temperature swings.Also, this...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Luckily, more than meteors fill the sky

I'm having a bad run of luck this year when it comes to meteor showers.With encouragement from my trusty basset hound, Buster, I got out of bed and outside twice during the wee morning...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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