The voting deadline for the 2011 Blogging Scholarship has passed and it seems that John McAuliff over at http://roadtripofpassage.com/ is the winner.
Please take a minute to stop by his blog and give him some well-deserved congratulations.
It was an honor to be one of the finalists this year, and I’d like to thank every one of my readers for helping to grow the Dear Astronomer site into what it is today. I’ve only been doing this for about two years now, but my readership has grown each month.
For most of you it’s clear that I run this site out of my love for astronomy and science literacy. This isn’t a business, (I do have to pay for hosting and the telescopes I give out) but I do take this site as seriously as my family, education, and “day” job.
Thank you all for visiting my little corner of the Internet – the best is yet to come!
Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope, (MSRP $349.99)
For many astronomers who are just getting started, dobsonian reflector telescopes are a popular choice. While many newcomers to Astronomy seek out computerized “go-to” telescopes, some prefer the “no-frills” setup a dobsonian telescope offers.
The Orion XT8 dobsonian is a mid-range reflector telescope. There are a few smaller and less expensive models available in Orion’s classic dobsonian series, and there are a few larger, more expensive models as well.
The XT8 offers a good balance between portability, price and performance. In this review we’ll look at the build quality of the XT8, along with how it performs at planetary and “dark sky” objects.
For starters, let’s look at the raw specifications for the XT8:
The XT8 features an 8″ (203mm) primary mirror. With a focal length of 1200mm, this gives a focal ratio of f/5.9. Advanced observers will enjoy the XT8′s 2″ focuser, which allows for larger eyepieces, or even a “T” adapter for short-exposure astrophotography. New observers (or those on a budget) will find the included 2″ to 1.25″ eyepiece adapter allows the use of 1.25″ eyepieces with no noticeable wiggle/slop.
Read the full product review over at Universe Today:
This week’s carnival of space is hosted over at “One Astronomer’s Noise“.
In this edition of the carnival of space, Nicole covers the magnetic fields of Pulsars, Exoplanets, MSL, Mariner 2, and more!
Check it out at: http://noisyastronomer.com/2011/11/28/carnival-of-space-225/
I’ll be hosting Carnival of Space #226, so keep an eye out in a week or so!
Some of the most bizarre phenomenon in the universe are neutron stars. Very few things in our universe can rival the density in these remnants of supernova explosions.
Johan Hansson and Anna Ponga (Lulea University of Technology, Sweden) have written a paper which outlines a new theory on how the magnetic fields of neutron stars form.
Hansson and Ponga theorize that not only can the movement of charged particles form a magnetic field, but also the alignment of the magnetic fields of components that make up the neutron star – similar to the process of forming ferromagnets.
You can read the full article I wrote for Universe Today at: http://www.universetoday.com/91174/are-pulsars-giant-permanent-magnets/
Don’t forget, I’m a finalist for a $10,000 blogging scholarship, but I need your votes!
Please take a moment and vote for me (you can vote once a day!) at: http://www.collegescholarships.org/blog/2011/11/18/2011-blogging-scholarship/
Curious as to what you can view in the night skies this winter? Hop on over to the Planetary Society Blog and read my “guest” post which provides some winter sky highlights. The guide is at: http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00003267/
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