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The Actual Astronomy Podcast

Apr 2021

#109 - Learn About Variable Star Observing and the AAVSO

Chris and Shane welcome Dr. Stella Kafka - CEO & Executive Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Find out how to observe variable stars and learn about the numerous resources available at

Apr 2021

#108 - A Telescope Horror Story and Some Observing Reports With Unexpected Aurora

Shane shares a horror story regarding his Takahashi 76dcu. Also hear about Chris’s attempt to observe comet C/2020 R4 ATLAS and Shane was able to observe some double stars from the RASC double star program. 

Apr 2021

107 - Your Guide to Upgrading Gear

If you are thinking about upgrades to your astronomy, this episode is for you. Chris and Shane share their upgrade experiences. 

Apr 2021

#106 -Advice For Buying an H-alpha Solar Telescope & Chris Shares First Light With the miniBorg 50

Shane shares a recent solar observing report and provides some tips fur purchasing your first h-alpha telescope. Chris had first light with his 50mm miniBorg and shares his observing report. 

Apr 2021

#105 - Objects to Observe In April 2021

Join Chris and Shane as they discuss solar system events and objects to observe in April. 

Mar 2021

#104 - Chris’s New Tiny Telescope, Finders, and Observing Reports

Chris purchased one of Shane’s miniBorg 50mm telescopes and is now a member of the Tiny Telescope club! Other discussion points in this episode are the different finders that are available and some observing reports. 

Mar 2021

#103 - Your Guide to Buying Used Astronomy Gear

Chris and Shane discuss where and how to buy used astronomy gear. This is a great way to acquire items that are on your wish list. 

Mar 2021

#102 - Double Star and Solar Observing Reports

Chris and Shane discuss their recent observing and share a listener report about observing double stars.

Mar 2021

#101 - Deep Sky Observing in Auriga, Gemini, and Cancer

Chris and Shane discuss interesting deep sky objects that you can observe tonight! You can find show notes for this episode at

Mar 2021

#100 - 40mm Eyepiece Comparisons and Observing Reports

Shane recently compared a 40mm Takahashi MC ortho to a 40mm Pentax kellner while observing some double stars and shares his thoughts. Chris has been doing some naked eye observing and a listener shares their observation of the zodiacal light. 

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