We are in the dead of winter right now. It takes you 20 minutes to dress up in all the warm clothing you need. After that you are so tired you don’t even feel like going out. Ok, what about taking man’s best friend to accompany you to your favorite observing spot. Heck no. One look at you and they think your the Michellan Tire Man, gets scared, and runs away. So, unless you own an observatory, or have one at your disposal, let’s face up to it, it sucks to do astonomy during the winter.
CtCameraEye sees you looking out your window at the moon as it rises, or as you look at the bright planets shining clearly throught the clear humidless air. What to do, what to do? Well, blow the dust off those binoculars you have in your office that you use to watch your kids (cough, cough, the neighbors), or the birds on your lawn, or the next door neighbors lawn. Clean those bad boy bino’s up and take them outside even if it’s for a few minutes to get your astronomy fix for the week. Then you will say, “why didn’t I do this before?”
I’m not going to go into what binoculars to get, how much magnifying power, or what color lenses they have. What I am going to say is, “dress warm, grab the binos, go outside!” It’s that simple. I bet you will come in with a smile on your face, though be it a frozen smile.
Here are some objects you can check out rather quickly:
The Moon – Bright and east to find. Kids love it, and every night it changes.
Double Stars – There is a lot of them. Look them up on the internet, or if you have a astronomy book to find their location. Many of them have different colors, and little stories behind them.
Star Cluster – Faint little fuzzy patches of stars which are a nice challenge to find.
Other things – Planes flying over, satellites, distance objects on the horizon, or what’s on TV in the house down the street. Ahhhhh, I mean as part of the new neighborhood blockwatch group you were checking out a possible suspicious person.
Get out, enjoy the skies and get a little fresh air. Clear, and a little warmer skies to you all!