My husband has surprised me with a most awesome telescope. Of course, he couldn’t wait to tell me, so I’ve been feverishly running the tracking numbers. I’m getting an Orion XT8 Intelliscope. It is quite a dandy and gets great reviews, even from seasoned astronomy folk.
Since I’m now in the boonies on a mountain with a 2nd story deck, I figure I’m in the perfect spot for star gazing. I used to travel to my Grandmothers house to watch the shuttle launches and whenever I’d visit, I’d always sit out in the yard and stare at her skies. She lives in an area that as far as light pollution is concerned, is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is NO light pollution near her.
My scope won’t be here until Saturday, which means that the cloudy weather is guaranteed to last a few more weeks.
Any other folks into astronomy here?
It is the Year of Astronomy, btw. Also, did you know you can listen/talk to the Space shuttle and the ISS via Ham radios? Neato!
I have about 50 tabs open to astronomy sites and am researching my heart out.
No, I’m not secretly wishing my daughter turns into a little Jodie Foster in Contact. Well, maybe a little bit.