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

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... 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

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

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