What’s the best telescope mount for you?

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Getting you pointed in the right direction. Last week we looked at Optical Tube Assemblies (OTA) and talked about the different designs and uses of each. This week we are going to concentrate on what I think is a more important part of any astronomy equipment setup, the telescope mount. The mount is basically... Read More

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... Read More

Let the stars be your road map – Part 3

Astronomy for RVers By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Last week we found our first Deep Sky Object (DSO), Messier 31 (M31) or the Andromeda Galaxy. This week let’s go the opposite direction from Polaris and find a new constellation, one new guide star, and a fantastic object for small telescopes or binoculars, M3. Messier 3 is a bright globular... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More