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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Skygazers

So, about 6 years ago I bought a used telescope at a yard sale. At the time, we had no kids, and I had always had an interest in "stuff' like that. I just thought it might be fun to have one. Promptly after we bought it, we put it away.......and that's exactly where it stayed for the next 5 years.......absolutely untouched.

Last year before we moved, I tried to get Brad to sell it in the yard sale that we were having to "clean out" and "de-junk". But, he wouldn't. He kept saying we would use it eventually.....especially now that we have kids. Well, we moved a year ago, and the telescope has held a special place of honor......in our attic. Again, absolutely untouched.........UNTIL NOW.

Recently, when Brad was getting our camping supplies out of the attic (for the Father/Son camp out) he noticed it. He actually took it with him to the camp out, but said he never had time to get it out and set it up. Anyway, Saturday night, there was a full moon; and luckily Brad thought about the telescope. So, he got it out, and set it up.

If I've ever looked through a more powerful telescope like that I don't remember it. It really was very cool. We could actually see craters on the surface of the moon. It was also really fun to watch Bryce & Sara Kate finally "get it" as mastering the "one eye technique" required for telescope peering is difficult, even for an adult. But, they were truly fascinated, as was I.

You know I had to take some pictures. But, I wanted more than just pictures of the kids looking through the telescope. So, we put the digital camera lens up to the telescope lens. I thought the pictures were kind of neat, although they don't show the true clarity that we could see. So, I thought I'd share them with you.





taken as/is-just looking in the sky


taken through the telescope (sorry it's off-center)

9 comments:

Jess said...

That is so cool! I wouldn't think you could take a picture of looking through the lens!
You know, my dad chose a telescope (I think, under my advisement) for his retirement gift from AT&T about 8 years ago.
Ours, too, sadly enough ended up in a yard sale.
Here's hoping the person who purchased it is enjoying it today!

:)

~jessica

The Wild World of Richmond said...

THAT IS WAY TOO COOL. True That! I would never have thought to take a digital picture through a telescope lens like that. I have to say I am very impressed. I had a great time last night and you are much too hard on yourself. You are very competent and I am glad that God is stretching you to show you just what HE can do in your life. Your awesome and destined for great things. I couldn't resist that last line. I think I've been talking to Cindy too much lately...lol...the encourager! She'd be proud of me.
hugs,

The Wild World of Richmond said...

I almost forgot...Lou Giglio(however you spell it) would be proud of your family, too. Have you ever seen his little talk about God breathing the stars and the moon. He does it in conjuction with the song "How Great is Our God." It's cool when you start thinking about how big the moon and the stars and the heavens are. Lou does this huge illustration comparing them in size to golf balls and how many golf balls it would take to fill equal their size. It's absolutely astronomical. Just his mere breath made them. He didn't even wave HIS hand. He breathed them. Just another something to share with your kids.
love you,
Terri

Tammy Howard said...

That's pretty cool!

I have seen that Louie Giglio cd and it truly is awesome.

I had fun last night too!!

Tammy

Steven, Meleia & Libby Bridenstine said...

That's pretty cool. Who'd have thought???

Brittany said...

That is a honkin big telescope you got there. You guys are NOT playing around. I love the picture. It makes me want to go out and get a telescope. Maybe I will happen upon one at a yard sale too!

chelle belle said...

INCREDIBLY COOL!!!

Joe & Cyndi Rogers said...

WOW! Incredibly cool, to borrow from Chelle! True that! Isn't it amazing that our God, our Abba Father, the lover of our souls created ALL of that- each and every crater and surface and star!! Thanks for sharing such a neat post!!

Joe & Cyndi Rogers said...

Oh, and Terri...

I AM SO VERY PROUD OF YOU!! True that-- the Farmer family is AWESOME and DESTINED for GREAT THINGS!! Way to go Terri!

Love you Shana,

Cyndi