Subject: Incredible first experience with an ETX-60. Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 18:35:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jak Fearon) The other day, I bought a telescope. I haven't had one in about 20 years and this one, an ETX-60, was on sale for an unbeatable price, so I thought, "what the heck", and bought it. I look at the stars every single night when I walk my dog, so getting the telescope was the logical next step for that. :) Last night, all alone (my wife and kids asleep in the house), I sat outside in a chair, staring into a tiny lens. Let me tell you... I just about fell out of that chair when I found my first real noticeable object, the Andromeda Galaxy. Mostly a blur, but a very prominent one amidst the backdrop of pin point stars. I was amazed, to put it lightly. Being that most of the planets aren't in my part of the sky right now, I had noticed today on a star chart that Saturn would be showing up at around 1:15AM. Here I am, sitting there, letting the GO-TO slew the telescope to the point it would be... hmmmm... that just looks like a star. At first, disappointment, and then my eyes relaxed and there it was. Tears literally rolled down my cheeks when I saw, live, Saturn and its beautiful rings. It was small, but it was unmistakably there and fully in focus. I can not even begin to describe in words the feeling of connection I had at that point. It was overwhelming. So last night, all alone (my wife and kids asleep in the house), I sat outside in a chair, and found my soul. Thanks for the excellent site. I just discovered it yesterday and it's great to have such an amazing resource for this new world I've found. Regards, Jak Fearon how in the world? http://www.howintheworld.com
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