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Twilight

Twilight is a magical time, my favorite part of the whole 24-hour cycle.

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Microsaccades

An article in Scientific American suggests that training your eye to see faint objects may have a physiological basis.

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Two Views of the North America Nebula

The North America Nebula in Cygnus is famously visible to the unaided eye under dark skies. But are we really seeing the nebulosity?

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Comet Envy

I've seen Comet LINEAR C/2006 VZ13 many times now — but not when it was most spectacularly placed.

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Anticipating August

Nights are beginning to get longer — at last.

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Pollution and Stargazing

Air pollution can be as much of a problem as light pollution for stargazers.

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Galaxies and Clusters and Comet, Oh My!

A summer night in the Boston exurbs proves surprisingly rewarding.

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Strange Encounters Part II

I was intrigued that all the responses to my previous blog entry discussed encounters with wild animals rather than strange humans. (Sorry, I lost all of those comments during the switchover to the new blog technology.) I've met my fair share of wild animals, but somehow that never seems surprising…

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The Day the Sun Stands Still

Have you ever wondered what the word "solstice" means?

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Decisions, Decisions

A deep-sky observer's life revolves around the phase of the Moon and the weather forecast.

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Desk-Chair Science

Everyday scientific phenomena often go unnoticed.

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Fear

A fearful society provides bad soil for stargazing to grow.

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Unexpected Connections

What do digital voice recorders have in common with an 18th-century woman?

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Big Sky

Night or day, it's wonderful to see the entire sky all at once.

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Binoculars vs. Starblast, Redux

How do 15x70 binoculars hold up against a genuinely inexpensive telescope?

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Binoculars Part III: One Eye Versus Two

Binoculars are qualitatively different from telescopes with identical aperture.

Binocular bits

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Three Binoculars: Part II

Binoculars' strengths and weaknesses are intimately connected.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

A Tale of Three Binoculars: Part I

There's a big difference between 10x50 and 15x70 binoculars.

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Stars and Birds

Stargazers and birders have a lot in common.

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How Brightly Shines the Moon?

How does skyglow from the full Moon compare to urban light pollution?

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