posted on Dec, 22 2020 @ 05:15 PM
My wife and I usually exchange a couple early Christmas gifts on the holidays. This year I bought her a really nice waxed canvas field coat, but I
wasn't sure how it was going to fit, so I really wanted her to try it on. It wasn't cheap and I wanted to make sure if I had to exchange it I'd
have time. So I gifted it to her early.
Naturally, my bride wanted to give me something early too. Until last night, and she was really pushing for me to open this gift.
Well, it turns out it was a really nice telescope, something I've been wanting for a long time. I never had a good telescope before, and always
wanted to get into astronomy.
She wanted us to be able to see the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter last night. When we opened the box I was ecstatic, but it was pretty clear we
weren't going to get this thing assembled in time to see the conjunction. We watched the conjunction through binoculars, and it was really cool.
(we have some awesome binoculars). You could even see the rings of Saturn! First time I ever saw that.
So now, as I'm faced with shoulder surgery in early January, I'm thinking astronomy will be a good hobby for me. I finished putting the scope
together today, and it's awesome! I'm sure there's probably better, but I couldn't ask for a better one to start with for me.
I'm thinking I can do this fairly easily with one arm, and being outside won't hurt my feelings. Plus, I have nothing but time, and I won't be
able to sleep anyway. I'm pretty excited. Got it all set up and calibrated today. Will set up the polar axis tonight, and hopefully find an
equatorial star to complete the setup for location based on coordinates (yes, it has an equatorial mount).
Gosh, it's really a ray of light in a fairly dim past few days/weeks.