Learning the Basics of using Astronomy Gear with Aurora

January 28, 2020 admin 0

CCAS Member Aurora Lipper creates science curriculum for K-12 students through her online homeschool courses with Supercharged Science. In the image above, both she and CCAS Member Tom Frey are doing presentations in chemistry, physics, and astronomy for about 200 people at El Chorro Park in SLO County. Recently, she’s [Read More…]

Astronomy on Tap, Feb. 5 2020

January 27, 2020 admin 0

You may already know about the informal & informative astronomy get-togethers known as “Astronomy on Tap” in Santa Barbara.  They are free, short astronomy-related presentations at a bar. They are at the Matrix Nightclub & Lounge and this one is the first Astronomy on Tap of 2020.  

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…]

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…]