Friday, November 11, 2005

My God! It's full of stars!

Not my photograph but very close to what I could see through my telescope the other night.
A while back a good friend of mine gave me a telescope she didn't want anymore. It is a really nice telescope but when we first got it, we really didn't have the room to keep it assembled so we opted to store it for a while.

Since we have been living here, it has been assembled but I didn't have a manual for it and couldn't get it to function so it just got put on the back burner so to speak. Recently we have had some beautifully clear nights (that I have noticed because I am outside more at night with the hot tub) and I decided I wanted to get the telescope up and running so we could enjoy it.

So I contacted the manufacturer so I could get a manual for it to see if I could figure out what I was doing wrong. The manual came via email and I printed the portions that I needed and went to work.

I got it up and running the other day and waited for evening to test it out. I was able to get it set up correctly, aimed right and caught some awesome views of the partial moon. I also looked at a bright planet (I am assuming is Mars) but nothing compared to the view of the moon. I am so excited to have it working now. It brings back awesome memories of meteor showers with my dad and looking through the telescope of a neighbor named Ira when I was a kid...

5 comments:

Chicken said...

That's funny....I just watched that movie.

Joanne said...

I have a telescope at my parents house somewhere. Sometime I would like to get it here. Of course, it would be a waste in the city because the lights wouldn't let me see anything.

Ian said...

I always wanted a telescope as a kid. Always been interested in astronomy too.

Mishka said...

I had a real small one that my husband bought me a million years ago for my birthday or something, but this one kind of fell into my lap last year and it is much nicer than any I have ever had. It is not the most expensive (no motors or anything) but it is bigger than any I have used before.

drëâmè® said...

Mishka's a cool name. :)No. You don't know me. Ya. I'm really freakin random.