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Re: what started it for me

Started by Ron Oehlert, 10/11/2013 07:44PM
Posted 10/11/2013 07:44PM | Edited 10/11/2013 08:28PM Opening Post
At age eleven, on a Saturday morning in 1956 while looking at a comic book rack I spied a Fawcett *How-To* book on Astronomy including how to make a telescope. This was shortly after my father had pointed out the Big Dipper & North Star to me during a family camp-out. Halley's Comet, Saturn & star clouds adorned the How-To book's cover while Polomar 200-inch Hale telescope photos graced the pages inside; I was entralled. It was 35 cents, ten cents more than my weekly allowance so I got no comic that day, but it was still there the following Saturday & I was soon learning the constellations in my backyard. Next Xmas I received a real 40X60mm terrestial telescope & saw the craters on the Moon Xmas night. In the early 1970's I made a 6" f/8 Newt inspired by that Fawcett book. I went on to join the ALPO (Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers) & helped finish mapping the Moon's South Pole in the 1980's. I observe today with a Cave Astrola 8" F/7.