My wife and I took a fairly strenuous hike to the top of the 9,399-foot peak of Mt. Baden-Powell on Saturday, April 20th. Here's a labeled panoramic photo showing some mountain peaks and even Mt. Wilson!
Dennis Mammana is rather well-known among amateur astronomers, especially to those of us living in southern California. He's also a fellow Riverside Astronomical Society member. A photo of his, featuring Alex McConahay's observatory at GMARS, was recently posted to the TWAN site.
It's Global Astronomy Month, and today marks the start of International Dark Sky Week! Won't you take a moment to consider the importance of science education, being responsible with your environment, and keeping skies dark in common sense ways (maybe you don't need that 3-million lumen porch light that sprays the entire block in daylight)?
I'm almost embarrassed to even post this considering some of the gorgeous shots that have been posted in various places (see links below for a couple), but here's my pathetic M31 and Comet Pan-STARRS. Taken from Landers, California tonight at about 8:30PM with a Canon EOS 60Da, EF 200mm lens at f/3.5, 30-seconds, ISO 1000. The camera was mounted on a Losmandy Starlapse.
The sky was still relatively bright in the northwest and, obviously, the comet was pretty darn low in the sky... behind some thin clouds... and it was windy... and... and... ok, enough excuses.
Dark skies are more and more difficult to come by. Of all the different kinds of pollution, light pollution is too often overlooked or ignored. Excessive lighting disconnects us from the natural world, and is detrimental to our health as well as the health of wildlife.
Become aware of the issue. Educate yourself. And enjoy the dark during International Dark Sky week!
Year after year, since before I was born, the Riverside Telescope Makers' Conference (now known as the RTMC Astronomy Expo) has been drawing hundreds, and sometimes a couple thousand, of amateur and professional astronomers to its annual gathering.
Held in the San Bernardino Mountains, just east of Big Bear, RTMC AE continues to be a major draw for astronomy enthusiasts.
Head on up this Memorial Day weekend for presentations, workshops, vendors, swap meet, and more. While the conference goes from May 23-27, if you can only attend one day, Saturday the 25th will be the best day.
Anyone following Comet Pan-STARRS knew it was due to make an appearance with the crescent moon on 3/12/2013. So I headed out as far west as I could go (within a reasonable amount of time and on wheels) and settled at Del Cerro Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Here's one of the images I was able to capture:
Welcome to the Southern California Astronomy Blog! My goal here is to let anyone interested know about astronomical activities, events, sky happenings, and other science-related stuff going on in southern California. In the down time, I'll post various photos just to keep things interesting.
To get things started, I'll post a few photos from the last several weeks.