Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

SVC Tip #5 - New Features

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Here's another update in the series on using Sky View Cafe (SVC) and some details on the recent upgrade of this tool. Kerry Shetline has released the latest upgrade as of July 2017 with a slightly different look but it replaces the legacy Java version. There have been some refinements ...

Summer Geometry

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The night sky is peppered with all kinds of star patterns that have fascinated human kind for untold centuries. These patterns were thought to be gods and creatures of all kinds, kindly (mostly) looking over our affairs here on Earth. For the grander groups of stars, we save the name ...

International Moon

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Recently, there were a number of news items on the web about the International Observe the Moon Night, the InOMN. This organization us a combined effort from the NASA Night Sky Network, Astronomical Society of the Pacific and other groups to promote the observation of our closest cosmic neighbor, The ...

S.V.P. Tip - Keepin’ Warm

Friday, December 20th, 2013

It is amazing how cold you can get just standing around when sky watching. And usually by the time you realize it, you are going to have a hard time getting warm again. Here are some tips related to cold weather viewing. I suggest that you test all the ideas ...

SkyViewCafe Tip #1 - Catching the GRS

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite tools on the internet is Sky View Cafe (SVC). Its a Java applet that runs in a browser session and its free to use online. It's so useful that I hope to publish the occasional tip for using it. So here is the first tip, using ...

SVC Tip #4 - Going in circles with the Big Dipper

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The northern sky has several memorable asterisms and the favorite one is probably the Big Dipper. It's actually only part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear. It's easy to spot when it swings into view in the early evening this time of year. And the further you are to the ...

SVC Tip #3 - Planets and trees

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This season, the planets are coming around into view again in the evening sky. But, what about trees in the title of this blog? Ahh, if you're viewing from the suburbs, trees tend to get in the way of objects only a short angular distance from the horizon. The point ...

SVC Tip #2 - Tracking Jupiter moon occulations

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As already mentioned on the SVC Tip #1, one of my favorite internet tools is Sky View Cafe.  This tool is very useful for determining the location and position of the moons of Jupiter. I've used the special tab called "Moon/GRS" a number of times in the last few months to ...

Filters for viewing Jupiter’s GRS

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Jupiter has been a lot of fun for me this apparition. It's been higher in the sky than last time and much easier to see right from my driveway through a very convenient gap in the trees. I've been able use one of three scopes at home (3 inch refractor, ...