I have made several blog updates for February in the hopes that it makes the overall experience a better one for everyone who becomes a member of our growing community. I know that the blog has quieted down over the last few weeks, and I apologize for that. I've actually been quite busy with it lately, however, almost all of the changes have been the kinds of updates you aren't supposed to see.
Ok, now that that is out of the way, anyone out there imaging M31 – the Andromeda Galaxy – over the last few nights from clear and dark skies has probably caught this nova! It’s faint, around vMag 18. To help you find it in any
My second solution to help my polar alignment was to take a blank CD, cut it to size, and sandwich it between my tripod and equatorial mount. This had the advantage of being immune to dirt, humidity (a constant problem in Texas) and offered a low
As the Earth orbits the Sun, the orientation that the pole is tiled (towards Orion) does not change. What does change is the angle of the Sun in the sky as it relates to our Equator. This is why Polaris is always above the North Pole, but the