Monthly Archives: March 2017

New Toys, and Rain

The mailman has been busy here. I’ve received my Orion mount extender, and once again I can stand more or less upright while viewing the heavens. One big demerit for this fine product is that it comes with NO INSTRUCTIONS. … Continue reading

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The Family Scientist

It’s true–I’m the family scientist, at least by temperament and inclination, hobbies and enduring passions. (Let me add–surprisingly for a religious believer, perhaps–my outlook on life.) I speak both of my biological family, and my family. The only thing I … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Damn Annoying

It turned ridiculously cold, so my early experiences with this new telescope involved kneeling on an icy patio in a down parka.  But there’s much more to the transition to a new telescope than that. Three big things have come … Continue reading

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First Light

I packed up the Meade this afternoon. I’ve enjoyed it but it’s time to let someone else have an adventure with it. The delivery truck came after dark (of course!)–and late in the day there were two brief but fierce … Continue reading

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Last Light

Last evening, and again in the wee hours of this morning, I gave my no-longer-new Meade reflector its “last light.” I don’t intend to use it again; it is destined to be packed up today and donated.  For many reasons, … Continue reading

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