June 2012 Archives

Observation Notes - June 10, 2012: I made a new observation of Izar tonight and confirmed what I suspected: this is my favorite double. The six-inch scope does a perfect job showing off the amazing diffraction pattern. The blue secondary buzzing in the midst of the orange-yellow pattern is...
Digital Illustration of Albireo (Beta Cygni / Struve-A 43)Click image to view larger version. Observation Notes - October 15/16, 2011: Albireo gets its startling beauty not only from its striking color contrast, but also from the rich star field that surrounds it. I wanted to make an updated sketch that...
H-Alpha view of the Venus Transit - June 5, 2012 - 22:51 UT Wow! Two amazing solar events within a couple weeks of each other--Annular Eclipse and Venus Transit! The first bookend Venus transit occurred during the summer of 2004, a couple months before I got my first telescope and...

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