Last week, Betsy and I had the opportunity to use our birding/dragonflying optics to view Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4), the latest comet to pass by the Earth. This comet was just barely naked-eye visible, but in our binoculars it looked like the photo below that I found on the web. It was a delightful sight, and we were able to share it with others who were hoping to see the comet as well.
|Comet PanSTARRS as it appeared in Arizona next to the crescent Moon on March 12, 2013.|
So when the Sun goes down, and birding and dragonflying are done for the day, keep in mind that your wonderful optics can open the universe to you every cloudless night.