The Bortle Scale and you.

For the first time in my life, I looked up at the night sky last night and saw the Triangulum Galaxy with my naked eye.

This might not seem like a big deal for most people, but it really is; At 3 million light years away Triangulum, or Messier 33, is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be seen without the aid of a telescope.  As a diffuse object, M33 is incredibly difficult to see if you’ve got even a little bit of light pollution and being able to eyeball it without having to use averted vision is one of the benchmarks of the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, the quick-and-easy way to determine if you can look up at the sky and see the entire cosmos or just a handful of stars.

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Tin Roof Symphony.

It’s been raining like a mad bastard here, on and off, for the last day or so.  I’m not talking about a bit of a drizzle – while the rain has petered off at times it’s been rather steady for the past few hours and, as I’m writing this in the small hours of the morning, it’s seriously dark outside.  The only sound to be heard is the pattering of the rain on our roof.

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Touristing it up at Lake George.

The in-laws came up this weekend to see the new place, and we showed them around our new home. With Lake George not half an hour from us, we spent a day there, doing the kinds of toursty things that no self-respecting local resident would ever do, and the highlight for me was the one hour boat tour of the lake.

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