by Michael Barrick and Alan Bernau Jr. Admiring the stars above is a universally cherished pastime of humanity, especially on brisk summer nights around a campfire. They may appear close enough to touch, but the closest star, called Proxima Centauri, is a... Our team has been working on a project called “The 88 Constellations and Their Brightest Stars” which includes the 88 IAU recognized constellations, what they represent, where and when you can see them and we’ve even visually identified their... Great progress has been made on repurposing the largest building at Dark Sky New Mexico (DSNM). This 1000 square foot observatory had originally been constructed by an earlier owner for a one meter scope being fabricated for a Federal government agency. Federal... Dr. Brian Ottum, a well-known astrophotographer and astronomy educator, recently installed a new Plane Wave L-350 Mount in his observatory at Dark Sky New Mexico (Animas NM). Dr. Ottum commented, “This Mount combines the technology of Plane Wave’s Observatory class... Check out this photo taken from Brian Ottum’s new robotic telecope mount. “This is the “first light” shot using my new robotic telescope mount. The Great Hercules Cluster, M13, is a ball of 400,000 stars packed together. You can see the “blue... DSNM Technicians Jess Brown and Vince Laupola used a portable hoist to install a new pier for Dr. Brian Ottum. This pier weighs 340 pounds and is 36” tall. It was custom fabricated for by DSNM’s strategic partner, Mesilla Industrial Machining.