So you have gotten into amateur astronomy, you have your portable telescope, your finder scope, your guide book, your snacks and thermos of coffee…. But what are carrying around your telescope in. Once I was stargazing just outside San Antonio and so was this other guy and he carted his telescope around in a gym bag! A GYM BAG! You have probably spent a couple hundred bucks on your telescope and lenses can be fragile so you want a good telescope case to protect your equipment and also make it easy to carry from site to site. Well today I am looking at three popular carrying cases and seeing what one is worthy of your telescope.
A few years back I was given a rather budget telescope for Christmas. Sure it was very basic, but it was this that lighted a fire inside me a fire that saw me get really into stargazing. Over the years I have upgraded my telescope (actually done this a few times, but do not tell my wife) and have bought a ton of accessories such as an astronomy observing chair to help me get a better and more comfortable look at the skies. But today we are looking at some fantastic books. Books that will help you learn more about stargazing and books that would make for a great treat for yourself or a fellow stargazer.
Gundam is something that I have been into for years and that is the reason I want to share with my views on what is the best Gundam kit. As a kid I was first into Transformers and then Voltron, but it was Gundam that really blew me away. Comic books, tapes and any toys my old man could pick up (which was very hard when I was a kid!) were things that I cherished. It is easier to get Gundam stuff these days, but at the same time there is so much it can be really hard to know what is a good Gundam model and what is a bad one. Well do not worry as today I am sharing with you five of the best Master Gundam model kits that are on the market right now. These are all kits that are part of my collection and kits that I can assure you any Gundam fan will have a lot of fun with.
You know what they say? The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas! Ok so while San Antonio may not have been the exact place that song was talking about. As a San Antonio native I have spent many, many hours stargazing at some pretty amazing spots all through this state. Now some of this I did kind of stumble across myself, but many of these places were actually shared with me by some of my fellow stargazers. Now I want to pay that forward and share some of my favorite places to go stargazing in San Antonio. Just a heads up I am also going to be listing some places that are a little bit of a drive. So if you want to go on a stargazing road trip, you will get a huge kick out of these places. Also, remember to bring a portable power for your telescope as well as an astronomy chair
Astronomy is awesome. There is nothing I like better than getting out there at night with my telescope (remember to bring your telescope portable power!), a good supply of snacks and if I am feeling extra cool, I will even have some good tunes as well. I am the kind of person that likes to make a real night of it when I am looking at the stars. But standing for hours on end or sitting on one of the fold up chairs from the kitchen can really spoil a night of star gazing. An adjustable astronomy observing chair is what you need. Well do not worry as I was lucky enough to get to check out some of the best observing chairs on the market right now. Me and my butt are putting each one through its paces and I will let you know what one I liked best at the end.
As a keen amateur astronomer I have had the fortune to try out some of the best telescopes on the market. I genuinely do love this hobby and it is something that I feel more people should give a go. While a first time astronomer may want a more modest telescope. For those who already have a love for the stars and planets, you will want something a little more powerful, awesome and generally more spectacular. Well the good news is I was able to try out two of the more high end telescopes recently and I really put them through their paces. So just down below I am putting the Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope and the Meade 8-Inch Advanced Coma-Free Telescope head to head!