Observing with Street Lights

Observing with Street Lights
Dark sky sites not always necessary to see the Milky Way (This image was taken ouside of a B&B in Julian, CA)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

History of Discovery at Flagstaff: Lowell, Tombaugh and Pluto; Evaluating Gerd Neumann light panel for flat images; Sean Carroll's Thanksgiving post; Astronomer Assistant Ruby applauds NASA Insight landing success

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are back at the observatory after our visit to Lowell Observatory and surrounding areas of Flagstaff, AZ.  Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving celebration, we certainly did, and can offer some additional comments and lessons learned there and at the AAVSO meeting.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Smoky sunset through palms; How much does the light from the sun weigh? Hooray, found region containing AAVSO target XZ Tau!; Trying out a gyro stablized camera mount

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, the Santa Ana winds and fires have complicated some observing opportunities and packing for our upcoming trip to AAVSO annual meeting at Lowell Observatory is taking up more time.  But this post has some astrophysics and a quick observation to see if the variable star XZ Tau could be located.

Monday, November 5, 2018

NIghtfall event in Borrego Springs; Metallic Monsters? What is the diameter of Mars? Clouds and more clouds but some Milky Way images

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we have been offsite this week to attend the Nightfall star party in Borrego Springs.  We had hoped for some clear dark desert skies, but as most astronomers know you often have to put up with clouds.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Planet formation as seen by spectral distribution; AAVSO to help Chandra Observatory with stellar outburst observations; Nightfall in Borrego Springs

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

The angular momentum problem described in the previous post is just one of the interesting physics concepts of planet formation.  This post continues the discussion on planet formation and describes how the evolution of proto disks can be tracked and identified.  In addition, we will discuss AAVSO and Chandra collaboration and travelling to the Nightfall star party in Borrego Springs.