Back in November I picked up an AstroTech AT10RCF – and a hefty mount to hold it aloft, the Celestron CGE Pro. After a brief test and review, the mount promptly killed itself. Perhaps it was a combination of excessively low temperatures — in the teens — or perhaps it was an extension of the ‘new gear astronomy curse.’ Either way, I sent it back to Celestron for warranty repair work. Celestron was very friendly during this whole process, including several calls to update me on status. While More >
Back in early October, I spun around and picked out three of the most fantastic globulars: Messier 13, (“The Great Cluster in Hercules”), Messier 2, and Messier 15. All three of these look spectacular even with a big and bright moon out and they are all great both for visual viewing as well as imaging. And here I am now, with clouds in Woodinville — beside a big bright moon. And I’d be imaging comet 103p/Hartley 2 anyway, so what else to do!? Play with processing old data!