About this blog

I’ve been in love with the sky and space for my entire life. For most of that time I thought that actually observing would be too hard or too expensive. I was wrong, and now I’m making up for lost time.

I have friends with telescopes that mostly see the insides of their closets, and others who never look up  at all. I first conceived of this blog as a way to give them all a much-needed kick in the pants, and to give me a place to put up all my astro-themed ramblings. But in the past year I’ve realized that there are a lot of people out there who want to know more about the night sky and just don’t know where to begin–the same situation I was in for most of my life. So this blog is for everyone who looks up in wonder and wants to understand what they see–especially those who don’t think they have time to do so.

If you’d like to know more about the photos included in the blog’s banner, please see these posts:

Banner photos, part 1: the little boy with the telescope

Banner photos, part 2: the moon by Earthlight (under construction)


  1. Nice blog, Blogs are much better then web sites hey?

  2. Congratulations being on the wordpress homepage! I get most of my sky news from Jack Horkheimer on PBS. Corny, but informitive.

    Your blog looks informitive, too.

    “Keep looking up!” (That’s what Mr. Horkheimer says),

  3. Ooh, just found you! JOIN! 🙂

  4. Hi Matt, Have been through your blog for quite a time. In my opinion, you blog is kinda Alibaba cave. TOo much treasure. Great job!

  5. Wow, thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Yours looks great, too!

  6. Wow! That’s really a great attempt! “Stargazing who think they don’t have time for stargazing”! ……. Looking forward to see more steps from you!

  7. Great blog lots of helpfull info thanks and keep up the good work

  8. Great, fun to read and really inspririmg! Greetings from Germany, Thomas

  9. Hi Matt, my name is Gary Yule, I am Chairman of Salford Astronomical Society here in Manchester, UK.
    I am in the midst of writing an article for The Yearbook of Astronomy 2021 edition on Great Refractors and their mountings.
    I have mentioned the Great Doprat Refractor at The Tartu Observatory and would like to include an image of it.
    As the only images I can find are on your blog, I wondering if it would be possible to use one of them and what copyright there is for them.
    Please could you let me know if this is possible and obviously I will include link to here as where it came from.

    Kind Regards
    Gary Yule

  10. Hi Gary,

    I wrote the blog and took the pictures and yes, you can use any of the photos from the blog in your article. I am very flattered, actually!

    Terry Nakazono
    Los Angeles, CA

    Email: tnakazon@ucla.edu

  11. Hi Terry, sorry for the late reply, I have not been on line recently.
    Thank you so much for agreeing to have you images published in the Yearbook. I will contact you directly to discuss this further as I may need direct confirmation for the publisher.
    I will be in touch via private message in the next few days.

    Thanks again
    Gary Yule
    Chairman Salford A.S.
    Chaseley Field Observatory
    Salford, Manchester,

    Email: gaz.yule79@gmail.com

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