Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Where Did All the Posts Go?

I've been working on a new blog for my new business in Mitzpe Ramon, star tours of the night sky from Israel's Darkest and Clearest Skies, Mitzpe Ramon. We will use the beautiful night sky of Mitzpe Ramon as our natural planetarium, including basic education about the night sky, constellations, bright stars and notable nightly sky sights. As soon as I find the eyepieces for my telescopes, we will also offer telescope observations and visual astronomy education. At some point we will be adding astrophotography as well.

Mitzpe Ramon is home to Israel's largest research observatory, The Wise Observatory, testament to the quality of the night sky here.

I don't think anyone gives night sky tours anywhere in Israel, and Mitzpe Ramon is the perfect place for it. In addition, it gives me a way to put to use my 30 years as an amateur astronomer, and further justify my bringing 5 telescopes from the US to Israel, which should make my wife stop being mad at me for this one thing, anyway.

The new site and sky tour service is called Astronomy Israel. We have ideas for expanding this beyond astronomy, too, so stay tuned. I invite everyone to subscribe to this new blog, since I will be splitting my time writing there as well as on this blog.

Oh yes, I should mention 20% discount for friends, although I have no idea as yet what the price will be.

Here is a photo of the Milky Way from Mitzpe Ramon, looking toward the constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpio. We are looking into the center of the Milky Way here, from our home in the Orion spiral arm, 3/4s of the way to the edge.

The summer Milky Way from Mitzpe Ramon. The "Teapot" asterism in Sagittarius is prominent, together with the constellation Scorpio to its right. Below the "Teapot" is Corona Australius, the Southern Crown. Where do you want to go today? (Click for full size image.)

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