Shooting for the Stars: Canon Compact Macro 50mm

A macro lens for shooting stars? I know. You think I’m crazy. I had my doubts as well. When I first acquired this lens, I reserved it only for the day, but surprisingly, it works quite well at night. Keep in mind, It’s not a requirement to have expensive lenses in order to capture theContinue reading “Shooting for the Stars: Canon Compact Macro 50mm”

Shooting for the Stars: A Perspective on Astrophotography

Are you tired of spending night after night under the stars and having nothing to show for it besides a handful of blurry, uninspiring, and disgusting images? What do you say? Are you ready to take the night back? Grab your camera! I’ll meet you outside!   Welcome to Starlight Boot Camp   No matterContinue reading “Shooting for the Stars: A Perspective on Astrophotography”

Light Pollution: Why You Should Hate It

The War Outside I step outside into the world and a curtain of orange veiling the night sky. The constant assault from a sodium vapor platoon drown the universe, blinding my desire to glimpse past the rusted veil. It’s a war between mankind’s obsession with eradicating the dark and the faint light of the cosmosContinue reading “Light Pollution: Why You Should Hate It”

How To Buy A Telescope: Part 2

A Clear And Cosmic Future   Now that you made the decision to purchase a telescope—it’s time to consider your objective. What do you expect to get out of your experience? Do you feel like perusing the lunar terrain? Taking a peek at gaseous giants? Exploring the Milky Way? Splitting double-stars? Spying on spirals? PerhapsContinue reading “How To Buy A Telescope: Part 2”

How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet

A Shining Imposter   Not every point of light in the night sky is a star. Sure. Some colorful points of lights are airplanes. Yeah. We all know that. But did you know it’s possible to see siblings of our solar system? Yes—it’s really possible to see planets. Twinkle, twinkle little star…blah blah blah…you knowContinue reading “How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet”

How To Buy a Telescope: Part 1

The Story of Little Jimmy It’s just another trip to S-Mart, the local big box store, as Jimmy and his mother patiently wait for the glass gate to slide open.  A gust of air howls, carrying with it the aroma of floor wax and commerce. At first, Jimmy thought the toy aisle offered nothing new. Continue reading “How To Buy a Telescope: Part 1”