I offer him a gander thru the EP and explain, "You're looking at an object we usually call a cluster of stars. It's one of the objects listed by Messier called M47."
He says, "Wow that is really amazing -- to see all those stars!"
The moon was up. I was in the parking lot at school not far from the center of Nairobi, so light pollution plus moon meant you could see only the brightest stars naked eye. He was amazed because there was no star in sight in the part of the sky where the telescope was pointing. He said, "How can you be sure it's M47?"
For the first time in the my life, I thought, I'm no longer a beginner. I limited myself to telling him, "It would take a while to explain, but I'm sure it's M47."
I was wondering if others had a moment in their life where they said to something like that to themselves.
In lumine tuo videbimus lumen.
8O Home-made 10” Dob / Home-made 4” refractor
EPs: Konig 32mm (1.25") / Zhumell WF 30mm (2") / Nagler 13mm T1 / Orion Sirius Plossls 25 & 10mm / Zhumell Plossl 9 mm / Meade MA 9mm