Firefly Enchantment

Fireflies swoop and swerve beneath the beacon of Jupiter last night June 25. Photo taken with a 28mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1-minute time exposure. — Bob King/Duluth News Tribune Wow, the fireflies were spectacular last night. I had planned to look at any number of deep sky objects in the telescope but spent…
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We’re Going On A Deep Sky Hunt

When my daughters were younger, one of their favorite books was about a hunt to find a bear in his cave called We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. To get there you had to surmount obstacles like muddy ground, a snowstorm, and tall grass. We finally found the bear in the end but got so scared…
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Moon III Basks In The King’s Aura Tonight

Small telescope view of Jupiter’s moons. The biggest and brightest moon, Ganymede, lies to the right or west of the planet tonight June 24. Jupiter is the brilliant "star" low in the southeast from 11 o’clock on. A pair of steadily-held binoculars will reveal the moon as a small "star" next to the planet. A small telescope…
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Bedeviled By Dust

Many years ago I was hiking in the Sonoran desert in southern Arizona. I love bare rock and the plants and animals that tough it out in arid climates. It was extremely hot that afternoon so I sought shade. A shadow created by two large boulders nearby looked inviting. As I walked toward it, the quietude was suddenly…
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Don’t Step On My Brown, Damp Shoes

My shoes are still damp this morning from wandering around the yard last night looking for a good spot to set up my tripod. Early on I wanted to photograph the two Iridium satellite flares. Jupiter beckoned later, and inspired me to carry the scope onto the lawn for a better view. Iridium 33 flares last night June…
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