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Stargazing in Namibia with Sisco Auala and Marc Wolt

Friday, June 28, 2024 by

Namibia's exceptionally dark skies offer some of the best conditions for astronomical observations globally. Dr. Sisco Auala and Marc Klein Wolt highlight the significance of Namibia's contributions to global astronomy through projects like the Africa Millimetre Telescope. Stargazing in Namibia with Dr. Sisco Auala and Marc Klein Wolt This initiative ...


Stargazing trip preparation guide from Tsula

Thursday, June 27, 2024 by

Planning a stargazing trip involves careful preparation to ensure an enjoyable and productive experience. To start, selecting the right equipment is essential. You’ll want a telescope or binoculars that are portable and easy to set up, especially if you’re heading to a remote location. Consider the power requirements of your equipment as well, ensuring you h...


Canada sky glow is less than in the United States

Thursday, June 27, 2024 by

Recent observations show that Canadians generally experience less sky glow than Americans. This difference is mainly due to varying population densities and urban development patterns between the two countries. With its vast wilderness and lower population density, Canada has fewer urban centers contributing to light pollution. Why Canadians have less Sky-Glow than A...


Light pollution decreased in LA county thanks to Kathryn Barger

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 by

Rod L. Kaufman, the chair of the light pollution committee for the Los Angeles Astronomical Association, recently awarded a plaque of appreciation to county Supervisor Kathryn Barger at the Mount Wilson Observatory. This recognition was for her contributions to reducing light pollution in the Santa Clarita Valley. Light pollution decreased, and Kathryn Barger recogni...


Starfront observatory now accepting and installing telescopes

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 by

Bray Falls provided an in-depth tour of the telescopes already set up at the remote observatory in Central Texas. This project aims to make astrophotography accessible and affordable by allowing people to use their telescopes remotely from dark skies, wherever they live. The observatory features buildings where the roofs open every night, enabling users to capture image...


Remote telescope hosting from Starfront Observatory

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 by

The Starfront Observatory, located in Texas, offers remote telescope hosting services with three tiers of pier reservations for different telescope sizes. The observatory provides optimal conditions for astronomical observations with advanced infrastructure and dark skies. Features of remote telescope hosting: Telescopes: Accommodates up to a 17" reflector...


Blaze Star T Coronae Borealis will erupt soon

Friday, June 7, 2024 by

Between now and September, the binary star system T Corona Borealis (T CrB) is expected to undergo a nova eruption and even folks without a telescope will be able to see it. Keep your eyes on the sky  - Blaze Star T Coronae Borealis will erupt soon This will take T CrB from around 100 times fainter than is possible to see with the naked eye (even in the ...


Astrophotography setups from $100 to $10000

Thursday, June 6, 2024 by

Nico Carver, also known as Nebula Photos on YouTube, has provided an in-depth look at various astrophotography setups in his video "Astrophotography from $100 to $10,000." He showcases a range of equipment from a DIY smartphone tracker to advanced setups with dedicated cameras and telescopes, discussing the pros and cons of each option. Emphasizing factors lik...


The problem with astrophotography

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 by

In a recent presentation, Bray Falls explores the significant challenges faced by astrophotographers in consistently accessing dark and clear skies, which are essential for producing high-quality images. The discussion highlights that dark skies are not easily accessible to everyone due to the high cost associated with owning or renting a property that provides suitable...


Rocky Mountain Star Stare 2024 activities

Thursday, May 30, 2024 by

The Rocky Mountain Star Stare (RMSS) is an annual star party organized by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Held each summer for the past 30 years, RMSS has become one of the nation’s top star parties. Located on 35 acres at “Starry Meadows,” just over two hours southwest of Colorado Springs near Gardner, CO, the event sits between the Sangre ...


Enchanted Skies Star Party 2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 by

The Enchanted Skies Star Party (ESSP) 2024 is set to run from Thursday to Sunday, October 3-6, marking a significant milestone in its 31-year history. Originally launched in 1994 by staff from New Mexico Tech and NRAO's VLA, ESSP will, for the first time, be held at the Montosa Ranch Campground. This new location, situated just eight miles from the VLA center, offer...


Southern Maine Astronomers 2024 event schedule

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 by

For those living in or visiting Maine, Southern Maine Astronomers (SMA) have unveiled their highly anticipated 2024 Star Party schedule. These events welcome everyone, from beginners to seasoned astronomers. The SMA website also features schedules and information about astronomy events across Maine, including those held in recognized Dark Sky Sanctuaries, offering excep...


Mid-South Stargaze and Astronomy Conference set for May 2024

Saturday, May 11, 2024 by

Rainwater Observatory is hosting the annual Mid-South Stargaze and Astronomy Conference from May 8th to 11th, 2024. The event, renowned for drawing amateur and professional astronomers nationwide, will be held near French Camp, Mississippi, under some of the darkest skies in the southeastern U.S., just off the picturesque Natchez Trace Parkway. Mid-South Stargaze and...


Light pollution maps are getting worse

Friday, May 10, 2024 by

Light pollution is a rapidly growing concern for astronomers, particularly as global urbanization and the proliferation of outdoor lighting continue. Recent studies reveal that artificial night lighting is increasing at an estimated annual rate of about 2% globally, affecting previously untouched regions and further intensifying in already lit areas. This expansion is n...