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More info on Canada’s dark sky preserves (web extra from Sky & Telescope Aug ’14 issue)

This summer, I was thrilled to have my first U.S. astronomy article published – a back-page piece on Canada’s dark sky preserves for  Sky & Telescope magazine. Below, you’ll find info and links to every single one of Canada’s “astronomy parks”, … Continue reading

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The great family telescope review, Part 1

A few months ago, I set out into the Canadian wilderness with a selection of Sky Watcher telescopes from EfstonScience in Toronto, and a pair of Canon image-stabilized binoculars (more on that here.) Recently, I (centre, in the image above) took several families Link to this … Continue reading

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Rebooting Celestron’s Sky Scout starfinder

Last year, I got a Sky Scout personal planetarium – the handy GPS-based device from Celestron, which allows you to point at an object in the sky that you’re curious about, press the “Target” button, and see text scroll across the devices’ … Continue reading

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Fun with night-vision: 5 unconventional uses

A few weeks ago, I was looking for the Andromeda Galaxy in a loaned night vision monocular and a pair of “Navy SEAL-style”night vision goggles from my backyard on the outskirts of the small town of Port Hope, ON. While out there, I … Continue reading

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5 reasons to get image-stabilized binoculars

Five years ago, when I really started exploring the night sky from Canada’s wild spaces, I started looking for the ultimate portable telescope. What I found wasn’t a telescope but two telescopes (really small ones at least) enhanced with the same … Continue reading

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Test-driving a wilderness astronomy dream-setup

A month or so ago, when I took possession of a suite of Sky-Watcher telescopes supplied by EfstonScience of Toronto, the notion of how I would use any of these instruments was farthest from my mind (my first thought was to take the … Continue reading

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Holiday stars over Canada’s best hot spring

If someone had asked me last week where you should go if you hate seeing things like stars, planets, nebulas and galaxies, I would have told them to head to BC’s Kootenay mountains. But after years of trying to go … Continue reading

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Canada’s newest public observatory

Back in June, I was in Cypress Hills Interprovincial park on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border to research an upcoming column for Sky News magazine - a column (“Wilderness Explorer”) that you can now read and see imagery of in the current issue … Continue reading

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Exploring the water of our solar system

I had the chance a few days ago to use some of my latest goodies from Telescopes.ca in an interactive astronomy session I did at the 2011 Latornell conservation symposium Nov 16. The astronomy event was attended by a total of … Continue reading

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A month in the world’s largest “astronomy park”

I was feeling a bit melancholy at the end of this month – and not due to the end of the warm season here in Ontario, or the ominous approach of Halloween (which I actually really love.) I was mourning … Continue reading

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