Life is so very Good!


Today I gave another “orphan” scope away.  The scope used to belong to my neighbor, who is moving to Thailand.  I told her there were stars in Thailand, but…well you can guess the rest.

So, once again I had an orphan.  I can say had, because I gave it to a young man very interested in astronomy and someone I have been mentoring for the past year or so.  I’m hoping he’ll have some photos to share taken through his “new” scope soon.  If so, I’ll be sure to post them here!


an exciting new observing list

I’m a big fan of observing lists and exploring the sky type projects, and the Astronomical League has 40 lists to help you learn the sky and be a better observer.

I was thrilled to see “Observing Stellar Evolution”  added to the list of lists.  It’s exciting and probably one of the best thought out observing programs in the entire league.

I have other favorites of course, but “Stellar Evolution” looks like a lot of fun and I’ll be tackling it as soon as the moon moves out of the sky and I can see stars again!  It’s an assortment of Main Sequence Stars, Young Open Clusters. Low Mass Stars, Red Giant Stars, Carbon Stars, Planetary Nebulae, White Dwarfs, High Mass Main Sequence Stars, Red Supergiant Stars, Supernova Remnants, Variable Stars and Stellar Nurseries.

There’s something for everyone and it’s arranged in a logical sequence so you learn how stars form, evolve and then die in an easy to observe sequence.

It’s gets extra fun points from me because there are NO galaxies on the list.  ( Don’t send me any hate mail, but galaxies just don’t butter my bread.  I like bright things that sparkle!  And this list is full of sparkle.)

Extra extra points because you don’t have to draw anything, just a brief description will do the trick for logging your observations.  I love to draw, maybe I even like to draw too much, but some of my observing pals don’t care for drawing, they just like to look and get all tingly inside.

Plus more points because most of the targets are bright!  There are only a handful of targets on this list that are dim.  This means you can complete most of the items with binoculars!  Yippee for binoculars!

I love this list!

You can find the list at

back home!


It’s been a very long time (15 years actually) since I’ve had this telescope in my possession.

The short version of the story is, I built and gave this scope to my Dad at TSP back in 1998, with the idea that whenever he decided it was too big for him to use, it would come back to me.

Dad still has and uses an 80mm refractor I gave him, but this 10 inch lunker was too much for him to lug around, so I picked it up this past December and brought it home. It had been living in my sister’s garage with about 20 pinball machines, so I think the poor telescope was ready for some peace and quiet!  I know it’s ready for some dark sky, since there was no dark near my sister’s house just outside of the Houston city limits.

It needs some cleaning, a bit of deep cleaning in places, but for the most part is still in good shape.  The full thickness mirror is a 10 inch f/5

1/18th wave beauty that needs a washing, which it will get this weekend!  Maybe it’s time to re-do my Herschels?  (Not gonna happen!)  But I will put it through its paces very soon and look at some Carbon Stars and  a comet here and there!   BTW- that paint job is a free hand one I did of the NAZCA lines.  I may re-do it, or not.  Stay tuned.