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About Me

I love amateur astronomy.  We’re very fortunate to be able to enjoy the stunning universe that is outside your doorstep every clear night.  I’ve been stargazing with the naked eye for close to thirteen years. If you haven’t taken up amateur astronomy as a hobby yet, the universe awaits.



1. DL - December 25, 2009

Heey you’re starting a blog, nice. Hopefully this will keep your interest, and inspire others. By the way, you said those binocs will keep you busy for 2 years. Believe me, they won’t. I give you 3 months before you’ll be drooling for more aperature. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great, I still use them along side my tiny telescope (and they’re more portable than anything with a mount), but it’s an addiction that will escalate… quickly…. you’ll be eating your words when I see you hauling around a 32 incher in a few years xD

hmmmm maybe I should start a blog too xD not much to say though so I think I’ll troll around yours bwahahaha

Admin - December 26, 2009

Hi DL,

I probably will be drooling for more aperture, hopefully not that fast though! XD 32 inches will be just the beginning…

2. Daniel - December 30, 2009

I just noticed that dob in your picture, hehe you’ll be wanting one soon enough.

Admin - December 31, 2009

The Sky-Watcher Heritage 130 P, a 5 inch open truss tube dob. Created for IYA 2009. Sold for $250 in Canada, hopefully I can wait until there’s a discount XD

3. astronomy lover - April 29, 2010

Hi This is a realy good web and i love it

orionrising - April 29, 2010


4. Picnic backpacks - September 22, 2010

Great post!

orionrising - September 24, 2010

Thank you!

5. Jamie - November 1, 2010

Hi my name is Jamie. I just stumbled upon your website. It looks cool so I subscribed. Anyways what I am going to say sounds weird but here I go. I have had these four freckles on my neck in the shape of a diamond and one more freckle just a little off from the diamond. I have been noticing it alot more than usual the last couple days. Dont know why. Anyways I was standing outside and looked up at the stars and there was the exact pattern of stars that is on my neck. It certainly tripped me out. It was the delphinus. Ya I think thats right. Anyways just thought I would share that with you. Im gonna study up a little more. Dont know if it means anything but hey ya never know.

orionrising - November 1, 2010

Dear Jamie,

First off, thank you for subscribing! In doing so, you’ll receive an email whenever I write a new post, so you’ll never miss out on any new content that goes up on this blog.

Thank you as well for sharing about your freckles- what an interesting phenomenon, to see one of the constellations reflected on yourself! It’s great that you’ve been going out stargazing, autumn/winter (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) is the best time to stargaze in my opinion; there aren’t any bugs! Sadly, I haven’t been going out as much as I wanted to, because of studying and other things, but hopefully I’ll be able to in the coming weeks.

Thanks again, and be sure to share this site with any of your friends that might be interested in astronomy. You can tweet it, send it by email, facebook it, pretty much anything…the links are provided at the bottom of every post.


6. Daniel - February 13, 2011

Want to move to Australia….

I was compiling a LP overlay in Google Earth a while back and that darned place has a HUGE chunk of dark sky sites available. Not to mention being in the Southern hem we can see the core of the milky way and the magellenic clouds too.

orionrising - February 13, 2011

Yes, I think I might apply for med school down under (provided I pull up my cGPA first). The skies are totally different down there, so it’ll be a great adventure. Australia has lots of astronomy associations and stuff, and the locations are premium too (as you discovered).

7. Jenny - October 23, 2011

HI! I too have always looked up at the night sky, wishing I could see them just a little closer. Whenever I look up, I feel like I could just stare at the stars forever. I haven’t had much opportunity to really take time and gaze though. I don’t have binoculars either :<. Can I ask what model binocular you got? Maybe I'll purchase a pair too! Do you have any advice for newbies to astronomy?

orionrising - October 25, 2011

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for leaving a message. I feel the same whenever I look up at the night sky, it’s truly very wonderful. I use Brunton 10x50s, they were recommended to me by one of my best friends and they work really well. If you’re new to astronomy I recommend reading “A Backyard Astronomer’s Guide” By Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer first, their comprehensive book will serve to give you a great introduction to the hobby. In the book they also give great tips on how to choose a set of good binoculars or telescope, if you are inclined to make a purchase. The whole book has been very useful in introducing me to the hobby. For practical stargazing, check out “Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe” by Dickinson, Ferris, Schaller, and Costanzo. Great practical tips are in there, as well as a lot of large sized, simple star maps for stargazers just starting out.

Please let me know if you have any questions, good luck with getting started stargazing!


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