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Amateur Radio and Amateur Astronomy: A Cautionary Tale
[Article | 09/25/08 | by Rod Mollise
I’m guessing most of y’all amateur astronomers know at least a little bit about amateur ("ham") radio. There’s always been a lot of overlap between these t. . .

Do you VMA?
[Article | 06/01/08 | by Rod Mollise
If you’re a Lunar observer, you really oughta. What the H-E Double L is Ol’ Unk goin’ on about now?. . .

Doin’ It the Old-Fashioned Way
[Article | 06/09/08 | by Rod Mollise
Your Old Uncle Rod has been doing astrophotography for nigh on 45 years, since that first magical evenin’ when I lined-up the lens of my Argus box camera w. . .

Ethos Mania and the Cost of a Good Eyepiece
[Article | 10/02/08 | by Rod Mollise
I can’t believe how much cryin’, whinin’, and downright bad-mouthin’ has resulted from TeleVue’s release (in batches) of their new Ethos 100 degree apparen. . .

How to Make Your Star Party Almost Heaven
[Article | 08/06/08 | by Rod Mollise
Puttin’ few decades of partying under my (ever expanding) belt, however, has taught me a thing or two about the star party game. Dark skies are good, yeah. . .

Is There Cheap and Good?
[Article | 06/23/08 | by Rod Mollise
What is a good eyepiece? I could go on and on all day jawboning that—within the limits of my paltry optical knowledge.. . .

Old 37 Under the Stars with a DSLR
[Article | 10/05/08 | by Rod Mollise
How do you get down to these short(er) f/ls with a Meade or Celestron? You use a focal reducer. Which I do almost always—both f/6.3s and f/3.3s as appropri. . .

Old Go-Tos Made New Again
[Article | 08/12/08 | by Rod Mollise
What’s troubling you, Binky? Your once cutting-edge go-to telescope is yesterday’s news? That formerly artful and elegant LX200. . .

Rod’s Resolutions
[Article | 01/06/09 | by Rod Mollise
New Year’s Day and Oh My Achin’ Head Time. Again. Your Old Uncle Rod was fairly sensible this year; at least he didn’t run amok or say anything acutely emb. . .

SCT Mythology
[Article | 08/21/08 | by Rod Mollise
There sure are a lotta tall tales floatin’ around about Unk’s favorite telescope design. Some patently ridiculous, some containing at least a grain or two . . .

SCTs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
[Article | 11/17/08 | by Rod Mollise
This ain’t got nothin’ to do with Sergio Leone’s urpic spaghetti westerns, but his title seems apt to describe the SCTs us amateurs have been . . .

Telescope Anxiety
[Article | 07/10/08 | by Rod Mollise
Brothers and sisters, telescope anxiety is abroad in our land. Telescope company anxiety, that is, and us Schmidt Cassegrain fanciers, us bubbas and. . .

The 37-Year-Old Telescope
[Article | 09/16/08 | by Rod Mollise
Some Amateur Telescope Making projects are like fine wine. Set them aside for a while, let them mature, and they become sweet. Others? More like Boone’s Fa. . .

The 8-mm Ethos Faces Dark Skies
[Article | 11/11/08 | by Rod Mollise
"Astronomy is a game for the patient." How well ol’ Unk knows the truth of that little maxim. After 43 years in this glorious avocation, I know all too wel. . .

The Astronomer Looks at 55
[Article | 07/22/08 | by Rod Mollise
There is little doubt in my formerly military mind that amateur astronomy may have skewed a little younger back in ‘65. Why do I think that? The Space Race. . .

The Celestron SkyScout: Uncle Rod was Wrong
[Article | 10/12/08 | by Rod Mollise
Yeah, despite what you might think (or more likely what I might tell you), it happens. Unk is wrong, wrong, wrong. Now, some folks might say that that is n. . .

The Cost of a Good Eyepiece Redux
[Article | 04/20/09 | by Rod Mollise
Me? I wouldn’t call myself an Ethos-a-holic, not yet, though I have two and am thinkin’ about a third. I still use other eyepieces. Once in a while. Yes, I. . .

The Good Tasco
[Article | 07/14/08 | by Rod Mollise
The good Tasco? Ain’t that what the bright boys call an "oxymoron?" Wouldn’t you need to be a moron o’ some kind to call one o’ them stinkin’ Tasco, TRASHC. . .

The Guiding Game
[Article | 09/09/08 | by Rod Mollise
How can I adequately describe the pain we used to go through in order to get a fuzzy Kodacolor drugstore print showin’ a smudge that might look a little li. . .

The Laser and Laptop Wars: Star Party Etiquette for Modern Times
[Article | 10/19/08 | by Rod Mollise
Until just a little while ago, formulatin’ and enforcing light rules at the average star party was a pretty easy thing to do. You made sure everybody under. . .

The Nights Everything Goes Wrong
[Article | 09/03/08 | by Rod Mollise
In any pursuit, from turnip farming to teaching third grade, there are those times when everything goes to pot.. . .

The Silicon Sky Part 2: Planners
[Article | 11/24/08 | by Rod Mollise
If you’ll recall, we talked about astronomy computer programs a couple of weeks back, specifically amateur astronomy software for observers. Even more spec. . .

The Silicon Sky Part I: Planetariums for PCs
[Article | 11/09/08 | by Rod Mollise
Your ol Unk Rod ain’t gonna pretend he’s the most computer-savvy dude out there. What exactly goes on inside them mysterious boxes that set on the desktop . . .

The Trouble with the Magazines
[Article | 06/30/08 | by Rod Mollise
If you’re an American amateur astronomer, you won’t have to ask what I am talkin’ about when I say "the magazines." You know I mean. . .

Those Other Astro Rags
[Article | 08/26/08 | by Rod Mollise
I received quite a bit of comment about and even took a wee bit of heat over a blog entry I did recently, "The Trouble with the Magazines", Sky and Tel. . .

To Set Sail on a Wine–Dark Starry Sea…
[Article | 06/19/08 | by Rod Mollise
You gotta have sails and a rudder. You need stuff, astro stuff. Telescopes, eyepieces, atlases, filters, computer programs—all that wonderful gear you and . . .

Two-and-half Years After the Honeymoon...
[Article | 05/26/08 | by Rod Mollise
With my little ETX 125PE, a.k.a. "Charity Hope Valentine", how are the two of us gettin’ along?. . .

Uncle Rod, I Want to Take Pictures
[Article | 07/29/08 | by Rod Mollise
Sure you do. You think you do anyway. Despite its very real rewards, astrophotography is still the most frustratin’ way for a beginner—or anybody else--to . . .

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