Stargazer’s Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

Come one, come all! Amateur astronomy is a thriving field under an ever-changing sky, with contributions from young and old alike. Here you’ll find reader-contributed stories of adventures in astrophotography, solar eclipse-chasing, all-night deep-sky marathons, and more!

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A Compact, Lightweight Solar Projection Viewer

Learn how to make a travel-friendly solar projection viewer for your telescope — just in time for the eclipse! Each summer I have the privilege to run the Student Telescope Making Program at the Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP). Over the course of a few hours, students assemble telescopes and use them that night out…