Over my extended Thanksgiving weekend I took some time to look
through my telescope at the moon. I saw the full moon rising in the east-
northeast and thought it would be a good night for a look, so I set up my
Meade reflecting telescope in the kitchen and aimed it toward the
The moon had risen higher and the sky was darkening. The darker it
became the more detail I was able to see.
There I was, a Saturday night, standing in my kitchen enjoying one of my
home brewed beers and occasionally taking a peak through the
eyepiece of my telescope. I had calibrated the telescope, and after a few
simple selections on the hand-held control unit the scope swung around
on it's motorized mount and aligned on the moon, then continued to
track our celestial neighbor. All I had to do was enjoy the view.
I decided to take some digital photos of the moon by simply holding the
camera up to the eyepiece and carefully aiming before pressing the
shutter release. Some of the pictures turned out pretty nice. It's great to
be able to enjoy the result so quickly, that's the magic of digital
photography. It's convenient too, because if I took one I didn't like I could
just delete it.
I'm glad I picked up the camera, because during one look through the
telescope I spotted a jet plane zipping across the bright face of the
moon, in perfect silouhette. I brought the camera up to the eyepiece to
capture the scene but unfortunately I missed the plane, though the
contrail remained as evidence of what I had witnessed.
As I continued to monitor the moon I was hoping another plane would
pass by, but none ever showed. I did see a formation of geese fly across
the silvery orb, but I didn't get my camera to the eyepiece in time.
It's amazing what we can see if we stick around long enough and have a
little patience. We can apply that to life too. If we careen blindly through
life like an asteroid we often miss the neat stuff. The things that make us
wonder in awe.
Stand on top of a mountain and see how big the world is. Peer through a
telescope and see the craters on the moon. I imagine an asteroid has a
pretty great view from out there, if indeed it could see.
Life's a journey, so enjoy it. Look out any window. I love windows.
Drew Vics, an artist, writer & musician from New Jersey, writes for
http://www.Myeyez.net, and for other websites online.