Two telescopes, one story. What is that story? It is one of exploration, discovery, and happy moments. Sometimes a quiet evening out under the heavens in solitude , sometimes with a crowd of eager "I wanna seers"! These scopes share a tale of pin point stars, views of planets and the moon, sharp views views of double and multiple star systems, excellent sky contrast with the Milky Way's stellar graveyards & nurseries. They are just fun to look through! But with a scope comes a owner to and each pursue astronomy with vigor and delight. They too have a tale to tell.
This is the GOR - Grand Old Refractor as coined by it's owner Marc aka Backyard Astronomy who chimes in on this blog. In this pic GOR looks like the " Sentinel of the North " with her polar axis aligned on Polaris , the setting western Sun and her 102mm lens and observing gear all set and preparing to go to work . Refractors go the distance and age gracefully. GOR over the last years has had some upgrades and fixes which have given her a new life! She spends her time surveying double stars galore and giving her owner much to blog about along with helpful tips on telescope maintenance - Marc lets you into the everyday world of his hobby. GOR is one of several refractors which fill Marc's eye with photons. But this one is special. Marc also likes fast boats and motorcycles and also spends time in the slow lane taking in the sky above and photographing the Earth below. But nothing touches his life like this scope and the celestial vistas unveiled.
This is TV 101 or a Televue 101 Apo Refractor. These are the scopes of dreams with their color corrected optics and excellent workmanship - the picture of modern amateur astronomy. This jewel is shared with many as the pic shows. Yes it is savored alone by the Drive By Astronomy in Western NY Mike with DETAILED Lunar, double star, variable star observations but he relishes all opportunities to gather light energy for the curious showing off the heavens in all their glory. Look at that line, look at those faces! Look at what one telescope can do along with along with it's owner!
What is your scope? What is your story?