posted on Nov, 5 2011 @ 07:56 PM
reply to post by JunoTheGreat
My brother asked me to help him finish building a ten inch alt-az telescope and I enjoyed the mechanics but had no interest in the finished product.
He invited me over for dinner one evening and wanted me to see what his finished telescope could do. I was thinking, "Yawn. moon craters, rings of
Saturn and bands of Jupiter, big deal."
The moon was setting and he made no effort to look at it, which I found odd. Then he drew me over to the eye-piece-- showed me the Orion Nebula. It
was like seeing something God had painted and placed in the sky just to show it off. I was awestruck.
These great high-tech images we have now do not at all diminish the awe of seeing it through an amateur's earth-bound instrument-- in black and
white. Still, these shots are like great art in their own right. Thanks.