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Astronomy and telescope making. Have made at least seven telescopes, both refractors and reflectors, and have spent 30 years looking at the nighttime sky.

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2017-02-19 Telescopes:

Hi James    The views you get from a telescope depend on two things:. Light gathering (how big the lens or mirror is) and magnification.  If you want to see details on the planets, the best ones to look

2016-08-31 Rain in other planets.:

Hi Prashant    There certainly is!  Astronomers suggest that there are frequent rainstorms on Venus (albeit with sulfuric acid laced liquid, rather than water) and there is clear evidence of rain in ages

2016-08-31 Capturing Rainbow Images.:

Hi Prashant    If you can connect a digital camera to your telescope (you usually need a special attachment for this) you can take photos through the telescope.  But unless it is a small telescope with

2016-08-30 Viewing Satellites using Powerful Telescopes.:

Hi Prashant    This is a good question!  There are telescopes that are powerful enough to see the satellites we've put in space--in fact, you don't need a really powerful telescope to do that.  But the

2016-07-12 What did we see tonight.:

Hi Valerie    You don't mention what part of the sky this was in---and that makes a very big difference.  If what you saw was within about 20 degrees of the horizon, then I am pretty sure that you saw


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