RVer’s campsite railroad keeps passersby smiling

Jim Crowhurst’s garden railroad at the Thousand Trails preserve in La Conner, Washington, always puts a smile on the faces of other campers who pass by. Here’s a three-minute video tour of his layout, as told in Jim’s words. We recorded this in 2014. ##RVT840 Sign up to receive an email every afternoon of articles we’ve published in the past... Read More

Desert wildflowers are already beginning to bloom

By Bob Difley Spring is a snowbird’s delight – not only does the cold give way to the warmer weather, the desert itself changes “color.” Newcomers are amazed as seemingly “drab” desert is transformed by technicolor wildflowers. How is it possible? Hundreds of thousands of seeds lay dormant beneath the barren surface waiting patiently – sometimes for years – for... Read More

The planets – With spring come the mighty gas giants (and Mars)

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Without a doubt the most crowd-pleasing objects at the telescope eyepiece are the Moon and the large planets Jupiter and Saturn. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “Oh wow!” and “So cool!” when someone first glimpses one of these objects with their own eyes. The reason is simple: These objects... Read More

How to find a dark sky location for spectacular stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Embrace the Darkside For those of you who follow me on my Facebook page, you already know that I have been frustrated over the last month by the terrible light pollution in Yuma, Ariz. I complained with almost every post about my inability to see even the brightest of celestial objects and the disappointing... Read More

Test your eyes on M45 aka Pleiades or Seven Sisters

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory As winter approaches, a beautiful star cluster called the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, is coming into view in the early eastern night sky. This open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus, is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to... Read More

Rusty’s RV Ranch will keep you in the dark – perfect for stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Visit a truly dark sky location in southwest New Mexico. If you own an RV, and a telescope, you must visit Rusty’s RV Ranch, a Bortle 2, “truly dark sky” location. This park is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, at GPS coordinates N 31*55’43.30 W 109*02’10.02, or address 854 State Highway... Read More