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....
Real observing is more than just using your eyes-it involves your and heart as well!!!
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.
I bet you thought you'd tried everything. Here are a few pointers that really improve visual planetary observing on bright planets...
Instead of a story about a practical joke, Rick Shaffer makes some serious suggestions about how we ought to be thinking about SETI, CETI, and rocks falling from the sky. Just for a little variety, there's more about the exit pupil, plus some "shameless commerce"!
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I am amazed how people will help out each other in this great hobby...
Many amateur astronomers have never given double star observing a chance. Here are some good reasons to do so...
Many amateurs restrict themselves to rare observing opportunities when they can get to a remote site. Here's how and why to increase your time under the stars...
Rick Shaffer's heartfelt piece written only a few hours after the Columbia Accident on the morning of February 1, 2003.
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