Welcome to my astronomy page.  I am definitely a rookie at astronomy.  I bought my first telescope, the Orion XT4.5, for my kids in Dec 2002.  My 7 year old daughter had expressed an interest in looking at the stars, so I conducted my obligatory 2 weeks of intense research and bought the XT4.5.  My daughter was very excited, but her interest was not sustained, mostly due to the 10 deg cold and snow outside that time of year.  I, on the other hand, was hooked.  I dove into the hobby with my characteristic drive and obsession.  My wife says I like to conquer a hobby.  This was borne out in my previous forays into radio control cars and airplanes and my band.  I no longer have the radio control stuff, but I do still play in a band.  I have a feeling I’m going to have a telescope for a long time.

So, cop a squat for a spell and have a look around.  Read everything I say with the appropriate apprehension that should be afforded any musings from a rookie astronomer who knows everything but has little wisdom or experience.  If you have any comments or just want to pontificate about nothing in particular.

What Will it Look Like?

Orion XT4.5

Orion XT10

Starmaster 11EL

Orion XT10g

Celestron ST80 Spotting Scope (used as a finder)

Collimating a Newtonian Reflector




Observing Chair

EQ Platform

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