Archive for November, 2017


My articles in the 2018 SkyWatch and January 2018 Sky & Telescope

November 30, 2017

Two new things on newsstands right now. First, the 2018 issue of SkyWatch is out. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s an annual special issue put out by S&T, with monthly star charts for the whole year and lots of articles on equipment, observing, and photography. Most of these articles are aimed at folks who are new to the hobby, but hopefully even vets will learn some things.

As you can see from the cover, big articles this year include choosing a first telescope, learning to use a sky map, the best astronomy apps, and getting started with astrophotography. My contribution is a selection of bright, easy binocular targets from every major class of objects – double stars, planetary and diffuse nebulae, open and globular star clusters, and galaxies – covering every month, to keep you observing all year long.

The other thing is the January issue of Sky & Tel, in which I have a feature article. This one is a bino and small-scope tour of Milky Way through Perseus and Auriga, the third in a series that also includes my articles from December 2015 and March 2017. Will I make it all the way around the sky? I’d like to, but I suppose that’s up to the editors and readers of S&T. Stay tuned, and as always, let me know what worked and what didn’t in the comments.

(I actually have a third thing on newsstands right now – an excerpt from my dinosaur book with coauthor and paleoartist Mark Hallett is in this quarter’s issue of Prehistoric Times magazine. Head on over to SV-POW! for more about that.)