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Galileo's Middle Finger and Other Rarities

Posted by geoff martin 12/23/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Galileo's Middle Finger and Other Rarities

Historical telescopes aren't the only things we found at the Museo Di Storia Della Scienca in Florence,Italy.

Overexposures for discovery and fame

Posted by Norman Sperling 12/22/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Imagers take note that patience and really long exposures can yield all kind of benefits...

A Second Look

Posted by bob hill 11/29/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

Bring an open mind to the eyepiece.

Bifocals for Astronomers

Posted by Michael Covington 11/25/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

Bifocals for Astronomers

The Author of "How to Use a Computerized Telescope" proposes a solution for "Old Eyes"

A story about a Starmaster EL 11" f/ 5.4 with Zambuto Optics

Posted by Tom Hole 11/08/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

A story about a Starmaster EL 11" f/ 5.4 with Zambuto Optics

A heartwarming story about me, my Starmaster, an evil magnet, Carl Zambuto and why I am a lifetime ZOC owner.

Push-to v. go-to

Posted by Darrell Lee 10/31/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

It's the old story about the tortoise and the hare, replayed with computerized telescope controllers.

Close encounter with a first telescope

Posted by Karim Nasser 10/29/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

How my fascination with astronomy led me to the another love of my life.

Ode to the Othoscopic Eyepiece

Posted by Jim Shepard 07/19/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

For all you Ortho fans out there.

Wild Card 004.1 “A Chaotic Discussion of Critical Thinking, Chaos, and Large Systems.”

Posted by Rick Shaffer 07/11/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

Wild Card 004.1 “A Chaotic Discussion of Critical Thinking, Chaos, and Large Systems.”

In this edition of his weekly column, you can find out what happens when Rick Shaffer forgets to "take his medicine"....

A Perspective on Equipment

Posted by Mark Mittlesteadt 07/05/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

When is Bigger Big enough? Or...Why my bigger scope shows me wonderful views of my closet.

Wild Card 004 "Improbable-Probable Futures, Limits, Blah, Blah, Blah!"

Posted by Rick Shaffer 07/05/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

In this edition of his coulumn, Rick Shaffer muses about what SciFi writers have projected for "Our Future", as well as puts a "wet blanket" on some cherished visions....

Observing with our Hearts

Posted by ralph acerno 07/01/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

Real observing is more than just using your eyes-it involves your and heart as well!!!

Through the Eyes of Youth

Posted by Eric Esworthy 06/29/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

Ever have that one experience that can change your life forever? With everything available to Amateur Astronomers these days, it's easy to forget what's important in our lives. And this experience relates just such an occasion.

Wild Card 003: Making Some Sense of the Strehl Ratio

Posted by Rick Shaffer 06/21/2004 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Wild Card 003:  Making Some Sense of the Strehl Ratio

In this installment of "Wild Card", telescope designer Rick Shaffer gets out his slide-rule and takes you through the arcane world of "P2V", "RMS", and how they relate to the "Strehl Ratio", the new "Gold Standard" for describing an optic's performance in imaging a star.