Old hobbies

I have always loved looking at the stars. When I was younger, I had a telescope, but it was cheap and unsteady and the only thing I could look at through it was the moon. But even that was jittery. So a few years ago I decided to invest in a real telescope.  After a lot of research, I settled on the Orion XT8i.

When it arrived, the moon was the easiest thing to test it out on. And, well, it looked like the moon. I eagerly awaited for the opportunity to spot something new. Something I had never seen before.

I remember the first night I saw Jupiter with the telescope. I was walking home from a neighbor’s house, well past midnight, and I spotted something extremely bright in the sky.

Hmmmmm, I thought, I wonder what that is? Wait – I can find out!

As soon I as I arrived him, I pulled out the telescope and set it up on the back porch. Bear and Josie were really confused – after all, it was bed time. But they enjoyed spending some time outside in the cool evening.

After a few minutes, I found what I was looking for.

Wait – is that?

I hesitated to believe what I was looking at.

Yes, yes it is, I told myself.

I was looking at Jupiter and all its moons.

And It. Was. Awesome.

A few nights later, I spotted Saturn in the sky. At the time, its rings weren’t inclined, so it lost some of its charm, but it was still clearly Saturn. It, too, was awesome.

I remember the last time I pulled out the telescope. Josie, Bear and I ventured to a friend’s house to view the moon one evening when it was closest to the Earth. It was huge without the telescope. With it, it was kinda insane.

That was a while ago, and the scope ended up squirreled away in the house over the past couple of years.

Until this past Monday.

It all started Sunday evening when I let River and Bear out before bedtime. I spotted Saturn and Mars in the sky. That’s when I realized they were perfect for viewing. The next day, after work I pulled out the telescope and set it up, eager to see the planets one more time. And for kicks and giggles, I decided to try to capture the moments using my phone. It kinda surprises me how well that worked.

First, the moon. It is still glorious.

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Then Jupiter. I think the moons are the coolest part.

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By the time Mars and Saturn started to rise, the clouds rolled in.

Next clear night, I’ll be out there looking for more awesome planet views.

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