Friday, December 11, 2009

Caleb's Telescope

Opening the boxes...

The Optical Tube,
Everyone gathered around to see,
Elijah seeing how tall he is next to the Tube,

Putting it all together...

Looking through the EZ Finder,
Caleb and his 'New Toy' LOL!
How I got my Telescope:
It all started when I became interested in astronomy in July of this past year.
As I studied more about astronomy, I realized that I would enjoy having a telescope. I remembered an article I read in the "Answers Magazine" about how to choose a telescope. The author of the article recommended a Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian, so that was the first one I looked at online. My parents told me that they would give me the money they were going to spend on my birthday presents, which was most of the money I needed, and I would have to earn the rest.
So in September I decided the way I would earn the money for my telescope was to make wooden spatulas to sell.
At first, I was considering the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5, because it was cheaper than the XT6, but when a family we are friends with was staying at our house in early September, I changed my mind.
The reason behind my decision was:
I talked with the father of the family about the two telescopes, and he thought I should get the XT6 because it has a bigger aperture, and so he helped me make up my mind to get the XT6.
Then in October my Grandmother bought the first two spatulas I had for sale, and later she requested 35 more! I made six spatulas, then she decided she only wanted as many as I needed to buy the telescope. So then I made six more on Thanksgiving day, and she bought all 12 two days later!
I bought my telescope the same day she bought the spatulas, and it came nine days later!
I tried it out last night for the first time, and I saw:
Jupiter and four of it's moons,
The Orion Nebula,
The Pleiades,
The Double Cluster in Perseus,
And the Andromeda Galaxy.
I am really excited to have a telescope, and I am really enjoying it!!

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