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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?



    Oh, I have to have an honorable mention! The first time (a couple of weeks ago) my 5 year old son saw the moon through my scope! It wasn't even dark outside. Obviously you could still see lots of detail, craters and the like. I had just put out my scope on the porch to cool down and it was past his bedtime. For fun, I decided to look at the moon - and it was beautiful even when not dark! So went to his bedroom and asked him to follow me outside. We snuck past the wife (well, she saw us but let us have our fun!) and he had a look. He was awestruck! I tried to take a photo of him at the scope, but the moment was almost gone - all I have is this, which still shows the smile on his face if you look carefully. IMG_1410.jpg
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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    Love the honourable mention! Keep up the good work training up the next generation!

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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    1. I had a Celestron SCT whose goto and alignment frustrated me to no end. Chunked it for a Meade 8" SCT and never had an alignment or goto problem after that. The first night I had it out everything went smooth and after alignment I slewed it to M13 and the image was so big and bright it literally knocked my socks off. I exclaimed "now that's what I'm talking about" pleased with the goto and the beautiful image in the eyepiece. It didn't matter that I was alone and there was nobody to hear me.

    2. A year and a half later I collimated the SCT, making it worse before I got it right. I had viewed Saturn the evening before and it was beautiful, but after collimation it looked looked like one of those photos in astronomy books. Best image of Saturn I've seen through any type of telescope.

    3. Still waiting for a third wow moment.
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