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Hot, dry astronomy

My piggy back shot of Scorpius taken in the early evening. Note the Pipe Nebula near the center left, a dark dusty pipe in silhouette against the Milky Way. Click for the full-resolution image.

Observing report for June 16, 2012, Amboy, CA

The forecast for Amboy had a high temperature of 104°F and a low of 72°F. […]

Galaxy season

Jane snapped Mojo waiting for darkness at the Amboy Crater visitor area.

Observing report, April 21, 2012, Amboy, CA

We’ve had a string of bad luck with new moon weekends for the past six months, so when this new moon Saturday showed nearly perfect conditions, Jane and I were quick to pack the van and get out […]

Moving Whiteoaks.com — Building a mail server

Don’t do this. This is stupid. Running a mail server is a pain in the ass.

If your startup or family or organization needs a domain and email, just point your domain at Google and use their great mail, calendar, and shared documents tools. Avoid all the battles with spammers, black lists, hackers and security updates.

So why […]

Double your pleasure …

Chuckwalla Bench, Colorado Desert, California, 29 October 2011

As promised, last weekend was the first of two excellent dark sky weekends this month. The weather turned out to be perfect for this one as well.

Jane and I went to our old favorite spot off I-10, Chuckwalla Bench, on BLM land south of Joshua Tree in the Colorado […]

Observing at Amboy Crater

Observing report, October 22, 2011
Full photo album with site pictures here.

It's very easy to miss this sign from National Trails Highway, the delightful old U.S. Highway 66.

This month is blessed with two very good dark sky observing weekends, and we opted to take the first one at a spot we’ve been thinking about for a […]

Cutting the cord, life without DirecTV (or cable)

“Thank you for calling DirecTV, and thank you for being a loyal customer since 2004! How may I assist you today?”

“I’m calling to close my account.”

It took some doing. After being transfered to a specialist in such matters, who tried to tempt me with such things as a six-month discount, a new TiVo box when they […]

The NASA Tweetup to launch Juno

This past weekend, August 4-5, 2011, I saw my first rocket launch live from Kennedy Space Center. Well actually, I was at Kennedy, the rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Launch Complex 41, about three miles away.

See, it’s those details that I love. Maybe it’s the sign of a true geek, or just my […]

January observing, a Monoceros evening

Click here for the full photo album with lots more pictures.

The snow-capped peaks were beautiful from the Foothill Freeway

It had been several months since our schedule, the weather, and the moon phase all cooperated to give us a chance to get out to our favorite astronomy spot. Jane and I, joined by Dave Hasenauer, ventured […]

How SAYC happened

It’s sort of my fault.

I was at the bridge club a few months ago when a young asian fellow stopped in to see how the games worked. The director invited him to kibitz my table, and I chatted with him a little between hands. He admitted that he enjoyed playing bridge and sometimes played online. And […]

Sky full of planets and lightning

These cumulus clouds were nearly stationary all evening, making quite the light show with an electrical storm

Observing report, August 7, 2010
Chuckwalla, CA

We hadn’t expected to be able to observe during this part of the summer from Chuckwalla Bench in the High Colorado desert south of Joshua Tree, but this August night’s forecast at Desert Center […]