Archive for January 2006

Heavenly bodies I want to see (revision 2)

January 31, 2006

In view of my new priorities, here’s a new, more focussed list (pardon the pun).

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Observation Log 1/27/06: Looking for Kemble’s Cascade

January 27, 2006

Kemble's Cascade

I spent a cold hour and a half trying to find Kemble’s Cascade, in the sparse area of Camelopardalis, for the first time. I didn’t find it, but I did find another, unnamed cascade. And recent experience has taught me a lot of important things that will completely change how I stargaze in the future, and I’m excited about the changes. I expect I’ll be enjoying astronomy even more from now on! I think I have a few good ideas, so I hope you read more…

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“What’s Up 2006 – 365 Days of Skywatching” – a free, downloadable eBook.

January 21, 2006

book cover The folks at Universe Today have released a free downloadable book in .pdf format. It contains over 400 pages, and a stargazing suggestion for every night in the year. It’s already been downloaded over 140,000 times. It is a great book with lots of pictures, and easily worth $25 or more. It’s a 14.5M download. So, what are you waiting for?

My web site is expanding!

January 21, 2006

iLife '06 box With Apple’s release of iLife ’06 and iWeb, I suddenly have a lot more options for putting content on the web in cool ways. My main page will eventually move here when I finish designing it and populating it (feel free to check out the interim version). But iBlog will remain my blogging tool, and my blog will remain right here, though it will become an ancillary page instead of the main entry point. I wish iBlog was even more powerful, but it has many more features than iLife 06’s built-in tool.

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I’ve been thinking of starting a Jean Shepherd podcast…

January 9, 2006

Shep was a one of the great humorists from the 50s to the 80s, and most nights he waxed eloquent on the radio, and his gift for insight and articulation fascinated and inspired generations. There are a handful of sites to revisit his genius, such as Jean Shepherd – A Salute, Jean Shepherd Archive, The Jean Shepherd Project, Jean Shepherd Web Site and Jean Shepherd Site. There is one podcast, JeanShepherdPodcast, but sadly it’s sporadically updated. As of this writing, the last update was four months ago.

Podcasting seems the ideal way to keep Shep’s work alive. Imagine being able to hear a “new” Shep show or clip every day!

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Observation Log 1/9/06: Quality time with the Beehive Cluster

January 9, 2006

On the first semi-clear night in over a week, I just had to get outside for a least a little while. The seeing was very poor, and the Moon was so bright that naked-eye skies were limited to about 20 stars. With the binoculars, at least I could enjoy the Beehive Cluster & Orion Nebula for a while

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