Lazy Late Summer

Taken on an Illinois trail August 18th, 2020.

Greetings.  It’s been a while since I posted, so wanted to do a “check in” post.  I haven’t done much astronomy over the past month, for various reasons which could be considered excuses, but I won’t call them that.  I could itemize the various new light pollution issues in my area that have grated me, but the reality is I already lived in a one of worst polluted spots on Earth.  The residual haze from the western United States forest fires notwithstanding, I hope to get back to sky viewing soon, and certainly in time for the approaching Mars opposition.

The true limiting factor over the past month was some sort of injury to my wrist.  Around the time I took the above picture in August, I did something to my dominant left wrist and I couldn’t put even simple strains on it, let alone try lifting my Dobsonian to take it outside.  And so I restricted my activities to only those necessary.  Fortunately within the last week it seems to be back to normal, though I continue to remain careful and will give it another week-ish before I lift the big telescope again.

Part of me believes this is the “downer” time, after the mid-Summer Jupiter and Saturn oppositions plus the bonus of the Neowise comet.  But things are looking up, as they always do in time.

Follower Celebration – Have a Reading List!

Previously unpublished image from February 11th, 2020.

Recently, my blog crossed 250 followers.  So to everyone that has followed, thanks for being here!

I know of those 250+, you’re all here for different reasons.  So I’d like to break down my thanks by area:

  • To those that followed for the astronomy photographs and images, I hope you continue to like them.  I know my posting schedule can be erratic.  Sometimes I post multiple times a week, and then I go on a month hiatus.  It’s largely due to the weather and other factors which can make astrophotography difficult.  “Planet season” is coming up this year, so I’m looking forward to a nice stint of observing and photographing Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn as they return to the evening sky.
  • If you accidentally clicked the Follow button, I am still glad you are here, and hope you found a post or two interesting.
  • If you are a bot, спасибо, тоже.
  • If you followed for the Star Wars posts, I’m sorry but I have nothing else to say about it.

So are you at home right now and looking for things to do?  Here is a montage of my past posts on some of my main and not-so main topics.  Hope you enjoy them!

Thanks again for reading my blog, and clear skies!

One More Name Change

For the last few weeks since I changed my display name, I noticed that it was too long to fit in many of the standard field sizes we are accustomed to.  I thought about shortening it by simply dropping “Backyard,” but that made the name too common.

So I came up with a slight variation that still has strong roots in the blog, and manages to be comfortably shorter.

As last time…same blog, same author, new author name!

Saturn Citizen is Now Backyard Astronomer Paul…

…for no better reason than that I like to regenerate my name from time to time.  Same blog, same author, new author name!

My 127mm Mak-Cass during the 2017 solar eclipse.