Me and My Telescope Gustav Nelson

January 24, 2020 admin 0

Astronomy has weaved its way through my life since taking a class at Poly in the late 60’s. I haven’t been without a scope for 50 years. The current collection includes a dozen scopes – all refractors except an 8SE (a “gift” that is still broken) and a Mak-Cass that [Read More…]

Star Gazing and Astronomy in Cambria

January 20, 2020 admin 0

Beautify Cambria’s Dark Sky Initiative (DSI) Committee is hosting Kelly Beatty and a star party next Saturday, January 25th, weather permitting. January 24-26 is the Art & Wine Festival in Cambria with several venues serving dinner with art and art with wine, so it’s sure to be a fun night! [Read More…]

A comet exits the solar system

January 15, 2020 admin 0

Comet Borisov 2I was spotted in our solar system, and it was only spotted once before. It has a sun-centered orbit that is not bound to the sun. It passed through our solar system at the end of Oct in 2019 and made its closest approach on Dec 8th of [Read More…]

Me and My Telescope Peter Bresler

January 14, 2020 admin 0

My first serious telescope arrived at my house in late November 2018. I had an old Bushnell refractor which I never found more useful than looking at the moon. Had I known previously that sophisticated astronomy equipment was available for amateurs, I would have been in the hobby long ago. [Read More…]

Star Party 2020 Date Corrections

January 10, 2020 admin 0

We have a few corrections for this year’s dates that were published in the January newsletter.  We’ve also updated the newsletter and calendar to match. Please make a note of the new dates (corrections are in RED). Star Gazing at Santa Margarita Lake: Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr [Read More…]

Me and My Telescope Larry Cossette

January 9, 2020 admin 0

My fascination with astronomy started on my many campouts with my Dad and a simple pair of binoculars.  Then in 1985 I bought my first telescope, an 8 inch Celestron for viewing Haley’s Comet.  I now have a 14 inch Celestron and love it.  For the past 5 years I [Read More…]

Renewed human spaceflight from the United States

January 8, 2020 admin 0

Since the space shuttle’s last flight, in 2011, NASA has relied on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for trips to and from the International Space Station. In 2019, NASA hoped to begin flying astronauts aboard capsules built by two private companies, SpaceX and Boeing, but persistent delays knocked back the timeline another [Read More…]