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Uncle Rod's Astro Blog


Just a quiet little spot where Your Old Uncle Rod can share his adventures and misadventures with you...


Amateur Radio and Amateur Astronomy: A Cautiona...

Sep 25 2008 10:19 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 two "scientific hobbies"

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The 37-Year-Old Telescope

Sep 16 2008 06:23 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 Farm

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The Guiding Game

Sep 09 2008 07:08 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 like M13?

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The Nights Everything Goes Wrong

Sep 03 2008 06:45 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

In any pursuit, from turnip farming to teaching third grade, there are those times when everything goes to pot.

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Those Other Astro Rags

Aug 26 2008 11:45 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 Telescope and Astronomy by name.

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SCT Mythology

Aug 21 2008 10:43 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 of truth

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Old Go-Tos Made New Again

Aug 21 2008 10:41 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

What’s troubling you, Binky? Your once cutting-edge go-to telescope is yesterday’s news? That formerly artful and elegant LX200

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How to Make Your Star Party Almost Heaven

Aug 06 2008 06:36 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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

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Uncle Rod, I Want to Take Pictures

Jul 29 2008 07:04 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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 spend time under the stars

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The Astronomer Looks at 55

Jul 22 2008 07:56 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

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

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