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This past week, I was interviewed by the local newspaper.

2017 Moon Phase Calendar

The one poster page 2017 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year. New for 2017 is the addition of transit time for Polaris at 10-day intervals. This is useful for polar aligning a telescope if you know when Polaris is directly above the north celestial pole.

2016 Moon Phase Calendar

The one poster page 2016 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year. New for 2016 is the addition of Julian Dates for the first of each month. The calendar can be downloaded as a PDF file or a JPEG image file. The poster is 11" x 17", so it is best to use the PDF file which will enable you to scale the calendar to your printer paper size.

2015 Moon Phase Calendar

The one poster page 2015 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year. The calendar can be downloaded as a PDF file or a JPEG image file.  The poster is 11" x 17", so it is best to use the PDF file which will enable you to scale the calendar to your printer paper size.

Clear Skies & Good Observing!

2014 Moon Phase Calendar

The one poster page 2014 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year. New for 2014 is the addition of major meteor shower events. The calendar can be downloaded as a PDF file or a JPEG image file.  The poster is 11" x 17", so it is best to use the PDF file which will enable you to scale the calendar to your printer paper size.

Increasing Rate of Observations

The first CCD observations of a variable star started on September 13, 2010, and only 13 observations were made over the balance of the year. After getting familiar with technique and methods, it was not long before observations began to increase year-over-year. By the end of Q1 2013, observations were more than the previous three years combined. At that rate, and as new projects were initiated, 6,929 observations were made in 2013. The goal of 10,000 observations by 2014 was achieved. The goal of 50,000 observations was achieved in September 2016.

Keeping Snow Out of the Dome

Fine, powdery snow carried and driven by high winds can find its way through the smallest of gaps in your dome, and end up on your telescope and other equipment. Learn how to prevent this with my dome weatherstripping article.

ACP Directives Code for Notepad++

An ACP directives code snippets library is available for Notepad++.  This library uses the Code Snippets plug-in available for Notepad++.  Using the ACP directives library, ACP plans can be quickly built without directive typos. The snippets include "hints" to add arguements to ACP directives.  See the ACP Directives Snippets download page for more information.

2013 Moon Phase Calendar

The 2012 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year

2012 Moon Phase Calendar - UPDATE

The 2012 Moon phase calendar shows the phase of the Moon for each day of the year, apogee and perigee, librations, conjunctions with and occultations of other objects, maximum and minimum lunar declination, and largest and smallest Full Moons for the year

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