zhanna’s adventures

zhanna’s adventures

A clearer night …

10:30pm Probably because we weren’t going to the observatory tonight, we had a relatively clear evening. We had a decent view of all of Jupiter’s moons, and I even enjoyed a tiny peek at Saturn as soon as I got home. Our second try at capturing the moo Read more ...

First photographs!

I had the same awe-inspiring (yet miserable compared to Rich’s experience) view of Saturn when I got home tonight. The haze quickly obscured it once again, and it was time for Jupiter-watching. 10:20pm While Rich turned his scope toward Jupiter, I set Read more ...

A clear night for Jupiter …

11:00pm As usual by the time I got home Saturn was nearly obscured by the haze, but I caught a few moments’ worth of a shimmering, unfocused view. It’s a thrill no matter what! I loved the first view we had tonight … Io looks almost like “Bubble Rock Read more ...

Another hazy night!

We had so much fun at last night’s program at Lackawanna State Park that tonight we decided to return to see the presentation of “Wild Pennsylvania,” a series of photographs from state parks and forest lands across the state. The show was excellent and Read more ...

Using a slightly better scope …

10:15pm I was still at work when Joe arrived at Rich’s house tonight around 9:30. He brought along a slightly larger scope that we hoped would give us a better view of Saturn and Jupiter, and perhaps even Mars. They had great views of Saturn (and a Mar Read more ...

A bit luckier …

10:30pm A very cloudy sky “miraculously” cleared just as I pulled into the driveway. This time I had a view of Saturn and a quick glimpse of Mars, but only through the binoculars. This was the first Rich had seen of them all night due to the clouds. Ju Read more ...

Can’t believe I missed it!

10:30pm Tonight I came home to a very bummed Rich standing next to the spotting scope in the back yard. He told me I had just missed (by two minutes) seeing Saturn! It dipped down behind the trees the minute I pulled into the driveway. He’d had an exce Read more ...

Cloudy to clear

11:00pm It was a murky, hazy night with heavy cloud cover. Arriving home around 10:30pm, I had little hope we’d see anything in the sky and was about to declare that it was a good night for a beer and maybe some TV. But we lounged outside on the patio Read more ...

Officially hooked!

9:00 – 11:00pm I remember reading that it’s common for people to really become hooked on astronomy when they first view Saturn through a telescope. Tonight’s alignment of Saturn, Mars and Regulus along with its close proximity to the Moon raised my hop Read more ...