In Saturn's Shadow

Friday, October 13, 2006


Skookumchuk said...

Desktop! Thanks, StY.

And even though we have way too much light around us, I still can dream about a Dobsonian telescope for Christmas.

Knucklehead said...


Put the telescope to more, ummm...., suburban uses while you wait for the Mother of All Sunstorms to hit and take out the world's power grid. Then you can star gaze.

chuck said...

I still can dream about a Dobsonian telescope for Christmas.

It's amazing how telescope prices have dropped over the years. It's hardly worth grinding your own mirror anymore except for the experience. And heavy equatorial mounts aren't needed anymore with computers to drive the pointing. Amazing, really.

Skookumchuk said...


Yes. When I buy my little cabin in Utah or Idaho, I'll have my large and simple Dobsonian. I remember in high school attending a meeting of a local Southern California astronomy club, where they had built a concrete pad someplace in the Antelope Valley on which to put their fancy telescopes - a spot which I'm sure by now is obliterated, covered by houses. At the time, it was the Back of Beyond.

Right now I just need some good Leupold or Zeiss binoculars so I can watch the ships on Puget Sound and the raptors in the trees out back.