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SKY-MAP.ORG - How Our Vision was Born

Posted by Konstantin Lysenko 11/29/2007 09:12AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

I have never suffered from a lack of imagination. As a child, I spent many hours dreaming of stories written by Ray Bradbury. I carried books by Clifford Simak and Robert Sheckley to school instead of textbooks. I swore to my parents that I had witnessed first hand the stories described by Isaac Asimov. I considered Stanislav Lem a close relative because my great-grandmother was also from Poland...

To Survive in the Universe

Posted by Konstantin Lysenko 11/29/2007 09:09AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet."[1] The SKY-MAP.ORG authors completely share these concerns of Stephen Hawking. The only words we could add are that the greatest threat to the human race is the human race itself.

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.

Posted by Luke Schmidt 05/16/2007 09:55PM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.

A few specs of dust on your CCD chip can easily be removed with a flat field, but what happens when the dust grains out number the stars? Cleaning your imaging chip doesn't have to be an ordeal with PecPads and Eclipse Cleaning solution.

Lightholder 16" F/4.6

Posted by Ralph Ford 02/23/2007 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

A perfect 16" mirror? If not, its pretty darn close!

An amateur astronomer's experience at Camp Eberhart

Posted by Darren Drake 12/27/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An amateur astronomer's experience at Camp Eberhart

Imagine having the chance to spend a whole summer showing kids the universe through your own scope and getting paid for it.....

Irrationality as a virtue

Posted by Justin Dildine 10/15/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

A recent outing with my telescope has me pondering human behaviour

SHARING THE SUN: A PUBLIC SOLAR VIEWING EVENT ORGANIZED BY B.R.A.S.S.

Posted by ANJAL SHARMA 10/12/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

SHARING THE SUN:  A PUBLIC SOLAR VIEWING EVENT ORGANIZED BY B.R.A.S.S.

The sun is a dynamic and fascinating astronomical target which can hook people onto astronomy. That's exactly what we set out to do by organizing a solar viewing event!!!

Telescopes and Resolution

Posted by Darren Drake 09/11/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

Telescopes and Resolution

How far away can your telescope resolve newspaper print?

From One Extremist To The Other

Posted by Scott Bennett 06/02/2006 09:50PM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

From One Extremist To The Other

Between Evolution and Intelligent Design: Can There Be Compromise?

Me & My Barber

Posted by Scott Bennett 05/15/2006 07:27PM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

Me & My Barber

Can our imagination really take us to the stars?

If you had just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Posted by Michael Covington 12/28/2005 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

If you had just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Any serious observer normally has at least half a dozen telescope eyepieces. But if you had to limit yourself to just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Know Your Coaxial Connectors

Posted by Michael Covington 12/28/2005 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

Know Your Coaxial Connectors

"The trouble with standards," someone said, "is that there are so many of them to choose from."

The Krakow Mystery Object of 1926

Posted by Michael Covington 09/03/2005 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

The Krakow Mystery Object of 1926

On September 2, 1926, Harvard Observatory received a telegram from Krakow, Poland, reporting a "comet" at R.A. 15:53, declination +3 55... (Michael A. Covington is the author of Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes and other books.)