This Week's Astronomy Video

Eyes on the Sky: A new beginning

Here's a new "Eyes on the Sky video! I've gone with a new format to allow me to make the videos faster, and also include more detail. I simply didn't have the time to keep putting into the old format. Hopefully everyone likes this new version. If you'd like to skip to specific sections, use these links (opens new windows in YouTube):

Neptune at opposition

See Neptune this week and into September and October with just binoculars - or, use that as a great way to learn the star hop for when you move to the finderscope on your telescope. This video shows both the correct-image, binoculars field of view star hop, AND the reversed imaged finderscope star hop to the 8th planet. Also covered is where to find the area of sky Neptune is located - check it out, and find this planet this month! Static graphics below tell more of the story below, and Sky and Telescope has a longer-term motion star chart here.

Neptune general location star chart, 2015

Neptune star-hop star chart, 2015

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy

Are you a beginner to amateur astronomy? Start here.

Are you new to all this amateur astronomy, stargazing, learning the stars and constellations and telescope stuff? Eyes on the Sky's "Ultimate Guide to Telescopes and Amateur Astronomy" can have you up to speed on all the basics of finding your way around the night sky, types of telescopes and accessories and those confusing-looking equatorial mounts in about an hour's worth of time.

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Eyes on the Sky astronomy videos are now closed captioned, allowing for translation into 58 languages as well as benefiting people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Or, watch at work! (Just don't tell your boss.)

Poorly aimed lighting that provides neither security nor safety"Dark-sky friendly lighting fixtures"

I talk about dark sky friendly lighting fixtures a lot - I mention them in most every video, in fact.  But what are they? Find various types of dark sky friendly lighting fixtures here, or try these lighting manufacturers - and if you still have trouble locating them, contact me.  

NEW AS OF JANUARY 2013: The U.S.-based home improvement store Lowes now carries dark sky friendly lighting with the IDA seal of approval - look for them in your store. Got a neighbor with a light shining in your bedroom or window somewhere in your home?  Here's how to approach neighbors about poorly shielded lighting.  You can also find the silver-crown light bulbs highlighted in previous "Dark Sky Facts" from these online retailers:  

"The astronomy field needs more energetic promoters like David. Congratulations to him, and I urge the rest of you to give him your support." - Dave Eicher, Editor - Astronomy magazine


Support "Eyes on the Sky" and light pollution reduction

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Neptune at opposition
Eyes on the Sky on hiatus UPDATE: Now over!
Cold weather observing: Some tips
Jumpin' Jupiter!
Discerning the demon star's dip in brightness
Animation of the Jupiter triple moon transit
Mercury fading, but not before the Moon meanders by
Find Mercury near Venus this week and into next