Author Archives: Gary Seronik

Mount Kobau

E. E. Barnard Visits Mount Kobau

The 23rd annual Mount Kobau Star Party took place from August 19th to 26th in the interior of British Columbia. As usual, a hearty group of amateur astronomers braved the elements to plumb Kobau's dark skies for astronomical treasures. And joining them this year was the spirit of Edward Emerson Barnard.

Leonids ’02: A Sprinkle in the Moonlight

I arrived at the Sky & Telescope offices this morning, feet still slightly numb from a cold night spent observing the Leonid meteor shower, wondering how I was going to summarize what I and countless other East Coast amateurs had seen. As it turned out, I didn’t have to go any farther than my...

Two Fine Western Star Parties

Summer star-party season is in high gear. Among the events held on the weekend of July's dark of the Moon were two premier annual gatherings — one in Washington State and another in British Columbia, Canada.

Jupiter Observers On Alert

Jupiter is without doubt the most dynamic planet for amateur astronomers. From night to night, its appearance in backyard telescopes changes at an amazing rate, and as if to emphasize the point, Jupiter currently is undergoing a historic event. John McAnally, assistant coordinator of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Jupiter section (ALPO),...