Space Junk

Space Junk

By OPT Telescopes
Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing your enjoyment of the night sky. Your hosts are Tony Darnell from DeepAstronomy.space and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories.
Telescopes, Balloons, and Beer with Dr. Nick Galitzki
What happens when a cosmologist, a local brewery and amateur astronomers all get together?  This episode!  Dr. Nick  Galitzki, a cosmologist working with balloons in Antarctica to study the large scale structure of the universe, talks with the Space Junk crew over a few beers. 
1:43:20
May 16, 2019
High-end Astronomy with OPT's Professional Services
Learn more about Dustin that you've probably ever wanted in this candid and funny episode discussing behind the scenes stuff that goes on at OPT and learn how they meet the needs of the professional astronomy community at the same time.
1:08:35
May 6, 2019
PrimaLuceLab founder Filippo Bradaschia
PrimaLuceLabs is breaking new ground in amateur astronomy by offering some of the first off-the-shelf radio astronomy solutions along with revolutionary electronics to make your optical observing life easier.  In this episode, Tony and Dustin talk with Filippo Bradaschia, the founder of Prima Luce Labs.
58:44
April 23, 2019
Expressing Your Space Passion w/ Cat Machin
Cat Machin is in town and talking with Dustin and Tony, picking up where we left off last time in discussing all the ways your passion of space and the cosmos can be expressed and we get a little philosophical about what it all means.
1:17:24
April 16, 2019
Space Junk Podcast Does New York City
Tony met Dustin and Ian for the first time IRL in NYC.  This episode is a preview of what we hoped to do while in the Big Apple.
54:58
April 12, 2019
Scott Roberts From Explore Scientific
Join Tony Darnell and Dustin Gibson as we talk amateur astronomy with Scott Roberts of Explore Scientific
1:09:48
April 2, 2019
Astrophotography Adventures with Galactic Hunter
In this episode of Space Junk, we discuss astrophotography with a husband/wife team from the American southwest whose work is rapidly gaining notice.  Antoine and Dalia Grelin starting taking astro photos around five years ago and haven't looked back.  Their work is featured in many places and they have a YouTube channel full of excellent tutorials on getting stuff done in astrophotography. Check out their website here: https://www.galactic-hunter.com YouTube: https://youtube.com/GalacticHunter Instagram: @galactic.hunter
1:00:08
March 26, 2019
Astrophysics: The Worst Job in the Universe? w/ Paul Sutter
Astronomer and science communicator Paul Sutter joins the Space Junk crew to talk about the worst job in the universe: stealing tidbits of information from a universe that is very stingy with its secrets.  Tony and Dustin discuss what it's like to be a professional astronomer using some of the best equipment from around the globe.
1:00:55
March 19, 2019
The Universe Is Trying to Kill You w/ Phil Plait
This week we talk with the Bad Astronomer himself and discuss a wide range of issues that deal with just how dangerous a place the universe is.  What are some of the biggest threats from the sky that face humanity?  Should we be worried?
1:09:12
March 13, 2019
Beer n' Rockets with Hans Fredrick Haas
Near OPT Telescopes HQ, there is a great brewery: Wavelength Brewing Co that is a great place to hang out if you're a science nerd.  Every Friday they offer science talks on all sorts of topics and if you're in the area, you have to check 'em out.  In this episode, Tony and Dustin talk with the owner of Wavelength Brewing Co about all kinds of space junk.
1:05:56
March 7, 2019
Is Astronomy Dead? w/ Alize Shilling
We've all heard this before: what's so great about astronomy?  Why do I have to know about stuff I'm never gonna be able to go see?  Why is this stuff important?  This week, we discuss this and much more with Alize Shilling from OPT Telescopes
58:31
February 27, 2019
A Winning Formula: Imaging Tips with Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Rogelio Bernal Andreo is one to the foremost astrophotographers and in this episode, he tells the story of his journey to becoming featured on APOD, Nat Geo and many other media outlets.  Tune in and learn how to take better astrophotos from one of the masters.
1:07:10
February 20, 2019
How to Make a Comeback w/ Meade President Victor Aniceto
In this episode, we talk with Victor Aniceto, president of Meade Instruments.  Learn about the challenges facing the company and the subsequent turnaround.
1:04:18
February 14, 2019
Conspiracy Theories w/ Fraser Cain
When it comes to end of the world theories, NASA conspiracies or astronomy hoaxes Fraser has seen or heard them all.  This episode picks apart those ideas and we talk about whether anything should or could be done to combat them.
1:12:11
February 5, 2019
Astronomy, Art and Morality: A Discussion w/ Ginny St. Lawrence of OPT
This episode features a great discussion on what astronomy means to us and how it influences our lives.  The study and enjoyment of the night sky affects us in ways we don't often think about... in this episode, we think about it! :-)
59:56
January 30, 2019
Professional Astronomy Innovation with Planewave Instruments
Our guest this week is Ralph Emerson from Planewave Instruments, makers of some of the most high-quality equipment for amateur astronomers.
1:04:17
January 23, 2019
Imaging from Time Square with Steven Swancoat
While it's true that we are losing our dark skies, not all is lost.  It is still possible to not only see the stars using a telescope from some of the most light-polluted areas in the world, but we can also take images of the night sky.  Our guest this week, Dr. Steven Swancoat, an OB-Gyn, artist and astrophotographer, describes how he images from places like Times Square with Dustin Gibson.
1:03:42
January 16, 2019
Amateur Astronomy 2018 and a Look Towards 2019 w/ Dustin and Tony
I think we all realize just what a great time it is to be involved in amateur astronomy: gaining access to the stars has never been easier.  The equipment available to image the night sky is easier to use and extremely affordable. In this episode, Dustin and Tony discuss the high points of 2018 and look ahead to what's in store for 2019.
59:23
January 9, 2019
Making Money in Astronomy w/ Cathrin Machin
Lots of people think that to get paid to study or enjoy the universe takes a huge amount of education, maths, and a lifelong dedication to research.  The thing is that's just not true.  In this podcast Tony and Dustin talk with Cathrin Machin, a space artist making her dreams come true by bringing space to everyone.  Listen to her story and we'll also give you some great tips for making money from your passion of the night sky.
1:04:13
January 3, 2019
Citizen Science with Pamela Gay
Advances in technology and communication have brought the world of professional science to the rest of us.  With initiatives like Galaxy Zoo and CosmoQuest, the interested public can get involved in producing scientific results that are often a crucial component in a scientific paper or a new discovery. In this episode, Tony Darnell and Dustin Gibson discuss the growing importance of citizen science and we'll talk about CosmoQuest, a citizen science initiative started in 2012 that has faced budget cuts and needs your help.
58:52
December 28, 2018
Astronomy Outreach with Kevin Legore
Kevin Legore is an avid astronomy promoter and runs Focus Astronomy, and outreach company that works hard to spread the amazing science of astronomy.
1:01:17
December 19, 2018
Optical Innovation with Tele Vue
David Nagler, President of Televue Optics is our guest on this episode. Join us as we explore the optical innovations heralded by Televue and Al Nagler, founder of the company. David outlines how Televue got started and we explore the details of some of the best eyepieces and telescopes in the world of amateur astronomy.
59:08
December 10, 2018
Planetary Imaging with Blake Estes
Blake Estes is one of the world's premier planetary imagers. He also works as a telescope operator at the Mount Wilson and Griffith Observatories in California. In this episode Dustin Gibson and Tony Darnell discuss the intricacies of planetary imaging and get the inside scoop on what it's like to work at two of the most important observatories in the United States.
1:00:25
December 5, 2018
Women in STEM w/ Skylias
We live in an era where women are increasingly making inroads in a variety of professions that were previously dominated by males. What about STEM fields? Are more women getting into science and math? Join us for today's discussion with Twitch science streamer Skylias as she tells us her story and discusses her research into this topic.
1:05:43
November 26, 2018
Astro Imaging with Tim Puckett of SBIG
If you are interested in imaging with your telescope, then you'll want to listen to what Tim Puckett, long time astro-imager has to say. In this episode, Tony Darnell and Dustin Gibson talk with Tim about the how to start taking images as well as advice for those who have been doing it for a while.
1:00:44
November 20, 2018
SpaceFab: A Space Telescope for Everyone
SpaceFab is a company that is currently building a 8 inch space telescope built around a 12U Cubesat. Scheduled for launch in 2020, this space telescope will be made available to everyone. There are plans to launch a network of these space telescopes to be used for everything from taking selfies and taking your own pics of the early universe to looking at your property from space. Join us as Tony Darnell and Dustin Gibson discuss this amazing opportunity with Sean League, the Director of Spacecraft Development at SpaceFab.
55:22
November 13, 2018
Travis Burke, Nat Geo Cover Photographer
What's it like to be an outdoor adventure photographer? This podcast episode features Travis Burke, a professional who has traveled the world taking pictures of some of the most amazing places on the planet Earth. We discuss one of his most famous images: a blood super moon with human figures in the foreground, all of it real, no Photoshop. Travis also tells us what it's like for him to get started in astrophotography.
59:54
November 6, 2018
Looking Up: Which is Better, Visual Astronomy or Imaging?
Welcome to Space Junk, a new podcast dedicated to the joys of the night sky. Tony Darnell from Deep Astronomy and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes have teamed together to bring you a weekly podcast dedicated to understanding the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Today's topic: visual observing or imaging, which is it?
50:06
October 29, 2018
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