Two Astrophotos From the Spartan Observatory

The other night I finally got a chance to try a new tool out at the “dark” skies at the Spartan Observatory. Though just north of Geneva city limits, the site’s strength is the near-complete lack of glaring street lights nearby. It’s still close enough to the city, however, that I would anticipate at Bortle…

A Galaxy of Planets

As far as we know, it was Galileo who first aimed a telescope at the night sky. This is easy to believe, since we can imagine that most other men of Galileo’s time were interested more in enemy encampments, brothel windows, and then, maybe, and a very distant third, the night sky.* Galileo was a…

How to look through a telescope

Last night I went to a lecture at HWS by Robert Bowman, a former Air Force colonel who was in charge of the “Star Wars” program under Reagan in the 1980s. He spoke about his road from warrior to peacenik. Very interesting talk. Anyway, I thought there might be a good crowd, and I figured…

Arizona/Southern Utah

Page, Arizona: It’s strange to see a town planned and built in the 1950s. There’s a turn in the road where every church is lined up in a row.The next turn, motels. I saw my friend Cristina’s band “Native Country” there. They’re a Navajo country and western band. That’s right, Indians have become cowboys, buried…