7 Tips for Stargazing with Grandparents

7 Tips for Stargazing with Grandparents

Not many people have the privilege of growing up with great-grandparents in their lives as I did. I had four of them living nearby until the end of my teen years, plus my grandparents. My Grandma Joyce stayed with me until I was 40 and loved my kids into their teen...
4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

You know what it’s like to show up to a new kind of event and not know what to expect or what the “rules” are. You’re planning to enter a dance studio for the very first time. Will you have to remove your shoes? You’re visiting a public sauna for the first time. Are...
5 Inexpensive Tools for Better Stargazing

5 Inexpensive Tools for Better Stargazing

Stargazing is a free experience for any person who can look up and see the sky. You can take a quick glance at the stars before you get in your car to drive home in the evening. Catch a glimpse when you let your dogs out at night. Or take in a wide span of starlight...
Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

I’ll never forget Lesa’s confession of her biggest phobia. I was teaching naked-eye astronomy to a group of about twenty homeschooled students. Several parents chose to take the class with their kids so they could share stargazing experiences as a family. Lesa had...
6 Night Vision Tricks for an Epic Stargazing Experience

6 Night Vision Tricks for an Epic Stargazing Experience

If you want to improve your next stargazing experience dramatically, there are a few simple night vision tricks you can use to have an “out of this world” experience. The sharper your night vision, the better you can see faint objects in the sky, including...
Fall in Love with Cold-Weather Stargazing

Fall in Love with Cold-Weather Stargazing

The perfect time of year for stargazing depends entirely on your location. For those in the northern regions, summer is a great time, even though you have to stay up later to wait for the sky to grow dark. Fall and spring are the best times for those in the southwest...