Our goal at Cloudy Nights is to assist amateur astronomers in better understanding the equipment that goes with the hobby. We strive to accomplish this goal in three ways. by providing a forum for reviews of telescopes and accessories by providing a forum for commentary articles on the many facets of the hobby that touch equipment by encouraging and sponsoring events and contests to get kids...
Looks great on my iPad as well as my Macbook. Love the new features, much more contemporary. Thank you so much for investing in this upgrade -- I'm going to hang out here even more now (and I didn't think that was possible!).
Please visit my Cave-astrola website dedicated to the history and work of Thomas Cave, Jr. This has become a very special project that I felt I needed to do to preserve the history and life of a very special amateur astronomer, manufacturer and telescope pioneer, Thomas Cave. Please wander through the pages of this site and try to get a feel for a time gone by. The period is early 1950's to 1980. Cave introduced a telescope for the amateur astronomy market that had quality optics , a solid heavy mount and motorized tracking. The Cave-Astrola telescope became the most sought after equipment for the back-yard astronomer. Southern California was the hotbed for amateur astronomers and the birthplace of many telescope and telescope related companies. The planet Mars and it's canals became the craze. Thomas Cave and his father began a company to fulfill the needs of a growing astronomical and telescope community.
This is a collaboration of information from contributors from all around the world. I have collected articles and images from authors, newspaper reporters, Cave family members, friends, astronomers, co-workers and fellow historians. If you would like to help preserve this interesting period in our history of telescopes, please feel free to contact me using the contact page. Materials have to be original and owned by the contributor. Full credit will be given within these pages. Contributions do not have to be formal and in magazine quality, but can be as simple as remembering a conversation with Cave on his back porch.
Many articles are still to come. Changes will be posted on the sidebar to the left. The blog will also include the list of new articles, pictures etc as they are added. Enjoy!
Tom "turk" Terleski
"Sorry for the self promotion, just trying to learn the ins and outs of this new website software!"
MEADE LX 200 10" Classic, Vintage Criterion RV6 Dynascope, Meade 90mm refractor, Various EP's including 2 inch ES 100 deg. 14mm, UO 80 deg. 20mm, Meade 84 deg. UWA 30mm, Celestron E-Lux 40mm, Meade 56mm, Meade 2 in. Di-Electric Diagonal and a lot of other accumulated "stuff".
Welcome to the New Cloudy Nights. Thank you for your patience over the last 48 hours, it will pay off in the long run. Below you will find the updates that have happened and the updates that will happen over the weekend.
The first phase of Cloudy Nights migration has now been completed. Which is great news, however the second phase is now underway. This phase can slow down the site quite a bit as we are importing all of the images into the forum. The third phase should start this weekend which will start the import of all the photo posts and related images that aren’t showing up on the New version of CN. After that phase is done the fourth and final phase will be to import the archives back into the live site.
The most important part of this e-mail is in this section.
1. Your log-in is now your e-mail address.
2. You will need to use the “lost password” link to reset your password as none of the passwords transferred over due to the encryption.
3. We are working on getting the classifieds up and running, but it will be a few weeks at the earliest.
So, welcome to the new CN. Look around and don’t be shocked if the layout on the sides starts to change over the next few days. We look forward to any feedback you have about the site and layout, but remember it will be slow for the next few days.
The 2014 version of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Observer Handbook (now in it's 106th year of publication) has been out for a month or so. While the format and much material has been carried over from past years, there are several bits that are either new or revised.
As one would expect, all of the date/specific pieces of information have been updated to reflect the new year while some articles have been revised significantly. Namely Telescope Parameters, Galaxies Nearest and Brightest, and Radio Astronomy with Radio Sources.
In addition as has been the trend, you'll find some new content here as well. Two new articles: Observing Artificial Satellites by Paul D Maley, and Astronomical Precession by David G Turner and Roy L. Bishop both make their appearances. In addition you'll find a an article titled: Featured Constellation: Auriga by Chris Beckett.
Also one should note, there are a (very) few articles (or tables) that no longer appear: Amateur Supernova Hunting, and the Table of Precession for Advancing 50 Years.
While the purpose/general content of the book has not seen a major change observers who found the time specific data of use will certainly want to upgrade.
Like it's predecessor, the 2014 RASC Observer's Handbook is a labor of love and should have a place on every serious amateurs bookshelf (or stowed away in the backseat of your truck).
BTW - If the the Observer's Handbook is new to you or you're wondering what the fuss is all about, then you might want to continue on to read my post on last year's handbook.