Astronomy: Visiting the Very Large Array – Will you make “contact”?

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory This week I am highlighting another very interesting astronomically related destination, the Very Large Array (VLA). Run by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the facility is located on The Plains of San Agustin, Old Hwy 60, Magdalena, NM 87825 (GPS coordinates 34 04’43.497N, 107 37’05.819W). This iconic telescope was made famous in the…

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RVing to the stars – McDonald Observatory, West Texas

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory RVing to the stars – Visiting an astronomical destination: McDonald Observatory I am starting another recurring theme with this article, so buckle up, buttercup. We are about to hit the road. All around this great country there are many wonderful destinations that include interesting astronomical-related features. Telescopes, Dark Sky sites, planetariums, museums and historical…

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Fill your free time with an interesting hobby

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about RV living.  Hi Bob, My husband and I have been full-timing for several months. When we first started we rushed to see as much of the country as we could cram into our days. But we’ve settled down now and find ourselves with an abundance of free time. It occurred to…

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Let the stars be your road map – Part 2

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Last installment we took a look at Polaris and its surrounding constellations. We also learned a few of the important stars in Cassiopeia and Ursa Major. We are going to build on that knowledge today to identify a third constellation, Andromeda, and find our first deep sky object (DSO), the great Andromeda Galaxy, also…

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More venues for great outdoor photography

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you’re home from your RV adventures, there’s nothing like looking back and pondering your travels with pleasure. And a great thing to increase your “ponder factor” is having good photos from your adventures. For many RVers, one thing leads to another – the RV adventure leads to the “photo” bug. Racking out your…

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Let the stars be your road map – Part 1

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory One of the most common questions I am asked while people look through the telescope is “How do you find this stuff?” The answer to that question is a little complicated because today, with advanced gear and a short alignment procedure, the telescope mount can “find” objects for you. New astronomers are often frustrated…

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An RVer’s guide to gearing up for astronomy

By Chris Fellows In my travels I have been amazed by two juxtaposed facts. One, people love looking at the stars/moon/planets with their own eyes, and two, people haven’t really tried it for themselves. Let’s take a moment to think about that second point more closely. The sky is over our heads our entire lives and yet very few people…

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