It's true - we've found ourselves forgetting bits and pieces on nights out. We've crashed and burned as we realised we left our favourite eyepiece at home. It's even worse when we go to star parties, since we'll have to spend an entire weekend without whatever item we forgot! Some people forget to bring a tent despite bringing the tent pegs.
Through trial & error, we’ve found some great ways to make sure we bring everything we need - we all know that mental lists just don’t cut it when you’re packing last minute the morning you leave (trust us!).Continue reading →
Ageing is inevitable, and so are the aches and pains that come with it. As we get older, it becomes more difficult to spend nights observing the stars without some additional accessories to aid comfort. Standing on your feet for hours is now a lot harder than it was 10 years ago. Picking up a heavy telescope is much harder than it used to be. Even spending an extra hour at night is hard. You find yourself planning carefully for the nights out to make sure you're as comfortable as possible.
Sometimes a hobby just isn't as accessible anymore - but there are ways around these difficulties.Continue reading →
Astronomers use their big brains for things other than discovering planets and galaxies. They’re now naming them for profit. Whilst it’s not uncommon for someone to receive a gift of a star to name, some people want entire planets. And one entrepreneurial astronomer, Dr Alan Stern, decided to cash in on this need, creating an organisation called Uwingu that charged people $10 to name the various exoplanets found across the universe.Continue reading →
As astronomers, we tend to spend a certain amount of time observing, so it's no surprise that we like to people-watch. This little habit has led us to discover a humorous phenomenon at one of our favourite astro events.
Star parties are one of the social highlights of amateur astronomy. Most states are bound to have a star party close by, and some people even cross state lines to attend the biggest and the best in their country. They’re great for both beginners and veterans, and are a favourite event for most.
Each star party is unique depending on factors such as location and the time of the year - but there’s a certain set of people that are always present. Throughout our attendance at various parties, we’ve come to see the same people over and over. There are six types of people that we consistently meet again and again and they’ve become quite easy for us to identify.Continue reading →