I was bitten by the astronomy bug in the 3rd grade. I received my first telescope at age 10. I have owned a few more since then, and been fortunate to have looked through many different kinds along my journey, as well as an assortment of binoculars, cameras, and CCD’s. I am old enough to be able to remember back to when you could actually see the stars from your own back yard in suburban america! Most people never bother to even look up now, and when they do they are greeted by sky awash in man-made light. If they are lucky, they may see the Moon, a few planets, and a couple of the brightest stars. Nothing like the myriad of stars, and the majestic clouds of the Milky Way with all it’s faint fuzzies we were treated too back in the olden day’s.In The Photo – My children are seen here with long time family friends Grady and his sister Becky. This picture was taken at Grady’s house in Salisbury NC during a Solar Eclipse back in the mid 1990′s.
If you live in the Salisbury NC area, or perhaps are just visiting and looking for something to do, you may be interested in visiting the “Astronomical Society of Rowan County’s” website: www.astrowan.org. They have star parties and other public events. They will also have telescopes available to look through, but if you own a telescope or pair of binoculars, you are encouraged to bring them along…I don’t think you can have too many scopes at a star party!