Star Hopping

In this series of programs, we'll show you the most beautiful sights in the night sky, and explain exactly how to find them with your binoculars or telescope. The reason we create these podcasts is to help beginning amateur astronomers learn the sky and get more enjoyment out of their telescopes and astronomy in general. For more details, see our website at http://StarHopping.org.

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http://starhopping.org
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In this series of programs we’ll show you the most beautiful sights in the night sky, and explain exactly how to find them with your binoculars or telescope.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-09-02 12:47
last episode published
2018-02-01 03:05
publication frequency
14.33 days
Contributors
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
59
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
1.02.2018

SH062 – Find IC 342, IC 59-63, and The Bubble Nebula

In Episode SH062 of Star Hopping… we’ll examine the Camelopardalis region, and locate three targets for the Big Guns, meaning they are challenge objects. We’ll find the massive spiral galaxy IC 342, the Gamma Cassiopeia Nebula, otherwise catalogued as ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
12.10.2017

SH061 – Find IC 1396, Messier 52, and The Blue Snowball Nebula

In Episode SH061 of Star Hopping… we’ll examine the Cepheus region, and find some “deeper” deep sky objects: IC 1396, the famous “Elephant’s Trunk” nebula, the open cluster Messier 52, and The Blue Snowball Nebula, also catalogued as NGC 7662. Intro So...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
31.08.2017

SH060 – Eclipse Documentary: “Darkness Falls over Brasstown Bald”

In Episode SH060 of Star Hopping… Star Hopping Returns! In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll present our documentary of the Great American Eclipse, from our perspective from our selected viewing site, the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain i...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
20.07.2017

SH059 – Big Announcements, and a Full Dress Rehearsal for the Solar Eclipse

In Episode SH059 of Star Hopping… Dave makes some big announcements you shouldn’t miss, and then he takes us through a Full Dress Rehearsal to prepare and test his solar photography equipment, for next month’s big Solar Eclipse! Intro So I have a coupl...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
22.06.2017

SH058 – Find The Gamma Cygni Nebula, The Crescent Nebula, and Messier 56

In Episode SH058 of Star Hopping… we’ll examine the Cygnus region, and we’ll locate three great deep sky objects; two nebulae and one globular cluster. We’ll start out locating the Gamma Cygni Nebula: a huge 3 degree wide emission nebula surrounding th...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
8.06.2017

SH057 – The Great American Solar Eclipse, Part 2

In Episode SH057 of Star Hopping… we’ll continue a series of episodes dedicated to help you to plan for and photograph the Great North American Solar Eclipse in August 2017!  Intro So this week we’re doing Part 2 of our series about the Great North Ame...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
11.05.2017

SH056– Find M102, NGC 5907, and the Cat Eye Nebula

In Episode SH056 of Star Hopping… we’ll check out the Draco Region, and show you how to locate the Missing messier Object: M102, the Splinter Galaxy, NGC 5907, and the famous but tiny Cat Eye Nebula, NGC 6543. Intro Well in last week’s episode, we chec...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
27.04.2017

SH055– A Trio of Comets

In Episode SH055 of Star Hopping… we’ll be checking out the trio of Comets that are visiting our Solar System. Comets Johnson and Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak are evening targets, in and around the constellation of Hercules. And in the pre-dawn hours, we ha...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
13.04.2017

SH054– The Great American Solar Eclipse, Part 1

In Episode SH054 of Star Hopping… we’ll begin a series of episodes dedicated to help you to plan for and view the Great North American Solar Eclipse in August 2017!  Intro So this week we’re starting a series of Extra episodes to get you excited and in...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
30.03.2017

SH053– Digital Image Processing

In Episode SH053 of Star Hopping… we’re going to continue on our Basic Astrophotography series, and show you how to perform Basic Image Processing: the procedure to extract a beautiful color astrophoto from your raw frames you captured through your tel...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
16.03.2017

SH052– Find NGC 3521, The Spindle Galaxy, and The Ghost of Jupiter Nebula

In Episode SH052 of Star Hopping… we’ll check out the Hydra region, and locate three very different types of deep sky objects.  The first we’ll check out is NGC 3521, a large angled spiral galaxy, then we’ll find NGC 3115, better known as the Spindle G...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
2.03.2017

SH051– Find M85, M88, and M91

In Episode SH051 of Star Hopping… we’ll once again visit the Realm of the Galaxies. We’ll check out three new galaxies we haven’t seen before: Messier 85, a lenticular galaxy, Messier 88, a massive spiral galaxy, and the lost Messier galaxy, M91. This ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
16.02.2017

SH050– 50th Episode Celebration

In Episode SH050 of Star Hopping… we’re taking some time out and doing some celebrating of our 50th episode of Star Hopping! We’re going to look back at the last 16 months, do some shoutouts to our loyal subscribers, and then take a look into the futur...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
4.02.2017

SH049 – Find M94, NGC 5033, and the Whale Galaxy

In Episode SH049 of Star Hopping… we’ll examine the Canes Venatici region, where we’ll show you how to locate three impressive galaxies: Messier 94, NGC 5033, and the huge Whale Galaxy, NGC 4631. Intro Oh we’re so close to our big episode 50 coming in ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
20.01.2017

SH048– Time Lapse AstroVideography

In Episode SH048 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’re going to continue on our Basic Astrophotography series, and show you how to capture motion in the night sky, through the interesting and fun process of Time Lapse Astrophotography. I...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
5.01.2017

SH047– Find M95, M96, and M105

In Episode SH047 of Star Hopping… We’ll examine the Leo region, and show you how to find three famous galaxies found in the central part of that regal constellation: Messier 105 with its two close NGC galactic neighbors, and the pair of galaxies less t...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
22.12.2016

SH046– Find NGC 2403, M108 and The Owl Nebula

In Episode SH046 of Star Hopping… We’ll examine the Ursa Major region, and show you how to find three more exceptional deep sky targets: The huge spiral galaxy NGC 2403, The Surfboard Galaxy; Messier 108, and the famous Owl Nebula; Messier 97. Intro We...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
8.12.2016

SH045– Find the Seagull Nebula, the Medusa Nebula, and M48

In Episode SH045 of Star Hopping… We’ll examine the Canis Minor region, and show you how to find three great deep sky targets: the Seagull Nebula (IC 2177), the Medusa Nebula (Abell 21), and the lost Messier Open Star Cluster, M48. As mentioned in the ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
24.11.2016

SH044– Find the Running Man Nebula, the Witch Head Nebula, and Hubble’s Variable Nebula

In Episode SH044 of Star Hopping… We’ll examine the Orion region, and show you how to find three great nebulae: the Running Man Nebula in Orion (NGC 1977), the Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118), and Hubble’s Variable Nebula (NGC 2261). Intro Well once again ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
10.11.2016

SH043– Find the Monkeyhead Nebula, the Jellyfish Nebula, and the Eskimo Nebula

In Episode SH043 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Gemini region, and show you how to find three great nebulae: the Monkeyhead Nebula in Orion (NGC 2174), the Jellyfish Nebula (IC 443), and the Eskimo Planetary Nebula (NGC 2392). Intro The area of sky...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
27.10.2016

SH042– Find M36, M38, and the Flaming Star Nebula

In Episode SH042 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Auriga region, and show you how to find M36, M38 and the amazing Flaming Star Nebula, which contains a runaway star. Find out this nebula’s mystery by watching the episode! Intro Well this week we’re ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
13.10.2016

SH041– Find NGC 247, NGC 7793, and NGC 55

In Episode SH041 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Sculptor region, and show you how to find three incredible needle galaxies. We’ll locate NGC 247 in the neighboring constellation of Cetus, NGC 7793, a violent galaxy with a hidden mystery, and the hu...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
29.09.2016

SH040– Find M76, NGC 752, and The PacMan Nebula

In Episode SH040 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Andromeda region, and show you how to find Messier 76, the Little Dumbbell Nebula, the huge open cluster NGC 752, and the familiar shaped PacMan Nebula. Intro Well, we’re back to our spaceship set aft...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
30.06.2016

SH039– Find The Heart and Soul Nebulae, M34, and NGC 891

In Episode SH039 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Perseus region, and show you how to find the Heart& Soul Nebula, the open cluster Messier 34, and the amazing needle galaxy NGC 891. Please note – this is the last Star Hopping episode for the sum...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
23.06.2016

SH038– Find the Cocoon Nebula, The Iris Nebula, and The Fireworks Galaxy

In Episode SH038 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Cepheus region, and show you how to find three challenge objects –  IC 5146, the Cocoon Nebula, NGC 7023 – the mysterious Iris Nebula, and the very active Fireworks Galaxy, NGC 6946. Intro So tonight ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
16.06.2016

SH037– Find Messier 103, the ET Cluster, and Caroline’s Rose

In Episode SH037 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Cassiopeia region, and show you how to find the nice open cluster Messier 103, the unique open cluster NGC 457, also known as the E.T. Cluster, and the gorgeous dense open cluster, NGC 7789, also know...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
9.06.2016

SH036– Find M71, M2, and M15 in your Telescope

In Episode SH036 of Star Hopping… We’ll look at the Sagitta, Delphinus, and Equuleus region, and show you how to find the loose globular cluster Messier 71, the nearly naked eye globular Messier 2, and the top-tier globular cluster, Messier 15. Intro W...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
2.06.2016

SH035– Find M25, M28, and M55

In Episode SH035 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the  Sagittarius region. We’ll use our star hopping methods to find the the pretty open cluster Messier 25, the globular cluster Messier 28, and the somewhat difficult to locate globular cluster, Mes...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
26.05.2016

SH034– Find The Coathanger, The Veil Nebula, and the North American Nebula

In Episode SH034 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the Cygnus region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the The Coathanger (Brocchi’s Cluster), The Veil Nebula (NGC 6960), and the North American Nebula (NGC 7000). Intro Well as June appr...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
19.05.2016

SH033– Find M11, M16, and M17 in your Telescope

In Episode SH033 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the  Scutum region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find three top-notch deep sky objects. We’ll find the Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11), the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16), and the Swan Nebula ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
12.05.2016

SH032– Find M6, M7, and M62

In Episode SH032 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the  Scorpius region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the bright open clusters Messier 6 (The Butterfly Cluster), Messier 7 (Ptolemy’s Cluster), and the irregularly shaped globular clu...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
5.05.2016

SH031– Find M10, M12, and M4

In Episode SH031 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the  Ophiuchus region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the bright globular clusters Messier 10, Messier 12, and Messier 4, just across the border in Scorpius. Intro Well looking forwar...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
28.04.2016

SH030– Find M83, NGC5128, and Omega Centauri

In Episode SH030 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the rich Centaurus region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the bright face-on barred Spiral galaxy, Messier 83, the peculiar galaxy NGC 5128, and the largest and brightest globular clu...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
21.04.2016

SH029– Astrophotography using an AutoGuider

In Episode SH029 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll discuss the process of using an AutoGuider to do Astrophotography, and do an unboxing of the Orion StarShoot AutoGuider. Here are some links to the astrophotography products we discu...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
14.04.2016

SH028– Find Comet LINEAR 252P

In Episode SH028 of Star Hopping… We’ll show you how to find a new visitor to our solar system, Comet LINEAR. Then we’ll find the planets Mars and Saturn, close by the comet in the early morning sky. Intro So this week we’re going to jump forward a bit...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
7.04.2016

SH027– The Different Types of Nebulae

In Episode SH027 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll discuss the different types of Nebulae that you can find in your telescope, and explain the differences between them. Intro So tonight we’re going to discuss the Different Types of N...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
31.03.2016

SH026– Prime Focus Astrophotography

In Episode SH026 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll continue our Basic Astrophotography series. In this episode we’ll talk about all the equipment, setup, and procedures to perform prime focus astrophotography: the effort of connectin...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
24.03.2016

SH025– Find M13, M92, and M5

In Episode SH025 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the Hercules& Serpens region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13, the globular cluster M92 also in Hercules, and the globular cluster M5 in...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
17.03.2016

SH024– Piggyback Astrophotography

In Episode SH024 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll continue our Basic Astrophotography series. In this episode we’ll talk about all the equipment, setup, and procedures to perform piggybacking astrophotography: the effort of using th...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
10.03.2016

SH023– Find M3, The Antennae Galaxies, and The Sombrero Galaxy

In Episode SH023 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the Bootes& Corvus region, and we’ll use our star hopping methods to find the massive globular cluster Messier 3, the interacting Antennae Galaxies, and the gorgeous edge-on spiral, Messier 104. ...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
3.03.2016

SH022– Basic Astrophotography with a Fixed Tripod

In Episode SH022 of Star Hopping… In this Star Hopping “Extra”, we’ll start a new topic series – Basic Astrophotography. In this episode we’ll talk about the three basic methods in which you can capture astronomical images and targets with your DSLR ca...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
25.02.2016

SH021– The Different Types of Star Clusters

In Episode SH021 of Star Hopping… We’ll be presenting another Star Hopping “Extra”: we’ll discuss the different types of Star Clusters that you can find in your telescope, how they might appear in your eyepiece, and explain the differences between them...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
18.02.2016

SH020– The Realm of the Galaxies, Part 3

In Episode SH021 of Star Hopping… We’ll finish up our exploration of the Realm of the Galaxies in the Virgo region, and using our star hopping methods to find Messier 58, Messier 90, The Siamese Twins Galaxies: NGC 4467& NGC 4568, and the massive e...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
11.02.2016

SH019– The Realm of the Galaxies, Part 2

In Episode SH019 of Star Hopping… We’ll continue our exploration of the Realm of the Galaxies in the Virgo region, and using our star hopping methods to find Messier 84, Messier 86, The Eyes Galaxies: NGC 4435& NGC 4438, and the beautiful spiral, M...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
4.02.2016

SH018– The Realm of the Galaxies– Part 1

In Episode SH018 of Star Hopping… We’ll start our exploration of the Realm of the Galaxies, in the Virgo region. We’ll use our star hopping methods to find Messier 98, Messier 99, and the grand design spiral, Messier 100. Intro Well, the time has final...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
28.01.2016

SH017– Find the Sunflower Galaxy, the Black Eye Galaxy, and NGC4565

In Episode SH017 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the Coma Berenices region, and using our star hopping methods to find the Sunflower Galaxy: Messier 63, the Black Eye Galaxy: Messier 64, and the Needle Galaxy: NGC4565. Intro So we’re continuing wit...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
21.01.2016

SH016– Find M106, the Pinwheel Galaxy, and the Whirlpool Galaxy

In Episode SH016 of Star Hopping… We’ll use our star hopping techniques to show you how to find the spiral galaxy Messier 106, the grand design face-on spiral Messier 101, also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, and finally we are amazed by the famous Whirl...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
14.01.2016

SH015– The Different Types of Galaxies

In Episode SH015 of Star Hopping… We’re presenting another Star Hopping “Extra”. This time, we’re presenting all the different types of galaxies, and how they might appear in your telescope. Within each type of galaxy, there are variations that could b...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
7.01.2016

SH014 – Find M65, M66, and NGC 2903

In Episode SH014 of Star Hopping… We’ll be exploring the Leo region, and using our star hopping methods to find Messier 65, Messier 66, and the galaxy NGC 2903. Intro I’ll be keeping you up a little later this week to around 11:30 PM, to see the conste...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author
31.12.2015

SH013 – Find M79, NGC 1365, and NGC 1318

In Episode SH013 of Star Hopping… This episode of Star Hopping checks out the fainter regions just to the lower right of Orion and Canis Major, the dim constellations of Lepus, Caelum, Horologium, Eridanus, and Fornax. As you will see there are some am...
David Hearn: Director, Kissimmee Park Observatory author