Amateur telescope making still plays a central role in our hobby.
Palomar Observatory is still alive and well 62 years after the famous 200-inch Hale Telescope became operational.
For the first time in its history, the Riverside Telescope Maker's Conference was held at new Moon instead of on Memorial Day weekend. That allowed some wonderful views of galaxies under surprisingly dark skies.
Griffith Observatory takes full advantage of Los Angeles's extraordinary natural advantages as a site for astronomy.
It's tough to reconcile all the different constraints placed on a telescope for the airplane-traveling stargazer.
A movie released in 1968 predicted that spaceflight ten years ago would be far more advanced than it actually is today. Why?
Not all geeks are astronomers, but many astronomers are geeks. Let's take a look at the archetypal geek who died 22 centuries ago.
Logically, science fiction is completely unrelated to stargazing — but human beings don't live by logic alone. In fact there's an intimate relationship between these two pastimes.
On March 15th a distinguished panel discussed the future of human spaceflight at New York's Hayden Planetarium.
Binocular stargazing has a peaceful, organic quality that's hard to achieve through a telescope. Here's a list of some blogs the author has written on this subject.
This pink border lining Earth's shadow opposite the just-set or about-to-rise Sun is often seen but rarely recognized.
Here's an index to the Stargazing blogs written from 2007 to 2011.
Nobody else may care about blogs that I wrote three years ago — but I do, because I like to hyperlink to older blogs when I write new ones. So here, in case anybody's interested, is a list of all Stargazing blogs from 2007 through 2010: 2010 Oct 26, 2010 Guest Blog: In Defence...
Eighty years ago, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto while comparing two photographs taken a few weeks earlier. How does his discovery look in light of our current knowledge?
Venus and Jupiter have a close but difficult conjunction shortly after sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 16. And after the sky gets dark, you have an unusual chance to see an asteroid with hardly any effort at all.
The author ponders the dilemmas of providing star charts for observing articles in Sky & Telescope.
Here are some handy reference works for people who love to observe double stars and want to expand their horizons.
Double stars are fun, quick, and easy to observe.
It's great when an astronomical event far exceeds your expectations.
What sized telescope is equivalent to a pair of 70-mm binoculars? To some extent, this is a question without an answer — like comparing apples to oranges. But for some purposes, 70-mm binoculars can actually do better than a 100-mm scope. In other words, the human brain sometimes gets better results combining the light...
Messier 33, which rides high in the sky on late-autmun evenings, can be the most rewarding or frustrating of all galaxies, depending on your conditions and your mindset.
Cutting down trees to get a better view of the night sky can be a surprisingly emotional issue.
It's hard to find a better way to spend an hour or two outside on a clear, moonless night than viewing the targets from the latest Deep-Sky Wonders column through a telescope.
The view from New Hampshire's Mount Guyot: Venus blazes above the glow of the impending sunrise.
According to the Light Pollution Atlas, there's a fourfold variation in light pollution per capita among metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada.