Monday, August 31, 2009

The Adventure Begins

In all reality the adventure began many years ago. I don' t know the exact time or place, but like many others, I am drawn to see the Earth, moon, sun, planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial objects and wonder at them.

The very first order of business is to re-learn the night sky.

August 31, 2009 [ Monday ]
I went to Adorama in Manhattan to pick up the Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster binoculars that were recommended in the book "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide." I brought them home, ripped open the packaging and quickly set it on my tripod and went out to the backyard.

The moon was as beautiful as I expected, and very bright; I couldn't believe how bright it was.

I saw Jupiter and 3 of its moons for the very first time with my own eyes! 2 moons on the left of it, one on the right. Showed my kids and the neighbors.

Also saw a satellite speed by, one small shooting star, and countless other stars that I didn't know you could see here in light polluted Queens.

Altogether about 3 hours worth of stargazing.