Star Gazing

One of my favorite things to do at the cottage is go outside at night and look up….way up…at the stars and the moon and whatever else is up there…Sometimes I try to find the constellations, although usually end up only finding the Big Dipper and Little Dipper.

We all know that the cottage country sky is far clearer and easier to see than the night sky in the city which is dulled by the city lights. When a child sees the night sky for the first time in the country, there eyes are opened wide to the sheer vastness and magic of the universe.

We have an old telescope at the cottage, one that a friend gave me, it is really only good for looking at the moon, it’s just not clear enough to seriously look at the planets or stars. But even the moon through a telescope is amazing. It is so fascinating to see the details you can see through a telescope.

I was writing about the Keplar Spaceship Telescope on Mysterious Societies which is being launched on a three year trip to outer space to look for planets, specifically planets like ours. It is really an amazing project. The telescope spaceship will spend it’s time looking for currently unknown planets, and then zeroing in to see if they have attributes similar to Earth.

That got me to thinking about Telescopes and of course the cottage….No cottage is complete without a half decent telescope on the deck. They make a fantastic evening pasttime, they are educational, and they are fun! Imagine searching the night sky over your cottage lake for UFO’s or new planets or looking for life on the Moon all from the comfort of your deck! So here are two telescopes that look like they might be perfect for some nighttime sky gazing.

I recommend the second, which is the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Telescope

It is more expensive, but has a Newtonian refracter which I understand will make it much more capable of looking way..way..way…into outer space!

For less money, but still a good telescope, the Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor dual-purpose telescope is great for celestial viewing.

You will have bright, clear views of the Moon and the Planets, and details like the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.

But as I mentioned, for even more serious star and planet gazing, you may want to consider the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Telescope with a rich-field Newtonian reflector.

This telescope should take you well into outer space!

If you want to learn about constellations and make it much easier to see them, I recommend you visit AstroViewer You can look up the constellations over your area. It’s very useful for star-gazing!

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2 thoughts on “Star Gazing”

  1. We got ourselves a decent telescope for our tenth anniversary back in 2003. We have not regretted it! :) Seeing the rings of Saturn for the first time, with my own eyes, was amazing.

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