Wondering about wild grapes

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wondering where I store my telescopes.

I have been asked where I store my telescopes when they are not in use.  They wonder if I have a special building or even one that has a dome or a removable roof.  I tell them that I have so many trees on my place that I have to set the scope up in different places to see different parts of the sky.  So during  each night of viewing, I set it up where I can see the part of the night sky I want to see that night.  Remember, the Earth is turning, so as time passes, different sky objects (mostly IFO's - Identified Flying Objects) come into view but some of the stuff I have to look up laterUsually I have a plan for what I want to see, but sometimes, I just slowly scan the sky to see unexpected things.

OK, back to the storage of my scopes when not in use.  Since our TVs are in the family room and the bed room, we seldom use the living room except for company.  So, the living room has become the unofficial storage room for my telescopes.  This is really not to my wife's liking and when we do get company, I have had them ask why I have a hot water tank in the living room.  I really do need to hang some plastic piping on the big scope (grin).

In the picture below, I have put a yellow "X" on the three different scopes.  The one on the left is a small reflector, the next one to the right is a refractor, and of course the one to the far right is the big Dobsonian reflector.

Ok, now you know where I store my telescopes.  Don't forget, just because you may not have a telescope, you can still see a lot with binoculars or the naked eye.  The trick is to stay outside in the dark long enough for your eyes to dilate.  But you have to go look!!  Now you all have a great Mother's Day, you hear?

11 comments:

  1. I had never wondered that! Glad I know now, before I did,,,lol

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    1. I sure wouldn't want to have you wondering.

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  2. You have some really nice equipment there. I had a telescope for several years - set it up when I lived in Ireland. Trouble was the gale-force winds tended to keep me indoors most evenings. I dismantled it when I moved back to the U.S. and never could get it together properly again.

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  3. Some of those places you camped must have had some dark skies that would be perfect star gazing with the naked eye or with binoculars.

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  4. I had me a telescope one time. Had it pointed down the road at my redneck neighbors house. Was much funnier than look'n at stars. Them rednecks do some funny stuff.

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  5. Yep, they sure do. Did they have a beautiful 18 year old daughter that made the list of heavenly bodies? (grin)

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  6. butterbean carpenterMay 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    DIZZY, SHAME ON YOU, ACCUSING BILLY BOB OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!
    BARNEY, PROBABLY WOULD, THO!!!!
    MAYBE IT WAS THE DUKE'S DOWN IN HAZZARD!!! YOU KNOW DAISY DUKE!

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  7. butterbean carpenter, I am sorry, I don't know what came over me. . . . actually I believe he would look (grin}

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  8. "I have had them ask why I have a hot water tank in the living room."

    I'm sorry Dizzy but this is so funny...I almost choked!

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  9. do you ever take your telescopes with you in the RV?

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  10. MsB, yes, I laughed, too.

    Jill E., I did when I had a bumper pull travel trailer and a pick-up truck with a cap on it. It would fit inside the back of the pick-up. It did not fit into my last two motor-homes. So the answer for now is "no".

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