Sunday, 18 December 2011

Pembrokeshire Flu and the tiny Tasco 40mm

I'm just getting over a larger than life dose of Pembrokeshire Flu.

I never get the flu...but this year it hit good and proper...It's been over a fortnight since I was outside in the cold of the observatory. And at least a fortnight before that without any real observing.... courtesy of our wonderfully clouded out skies.

So with that in mind I have been trawling around our pc's hard drive and found this video of my last attempt at solar astronomy from the observatory.


The Sun as we all know is still heading South, and as such my possible window of viewing from the observatory is maybe limited to approximately an hour, thanks to the trees at the end of our garden.

I love the trees and so do the birds, especially the magpies who have bought a home in a nearby tree...

I will just have to wait a while until the Sun heads North once again...........  No hurry!!  :0)


Whilst digging around in the countless photo CD's I found this photo of my first telescope, the mighty 40mm Tasco refractor.

This picture was taken back in 1981. By then my trusty Tasco was already a couple of years old, and well battered and worn.

That little scope went everywhere with me, and gave me wonderful views of the night skies....everything from the craters on the Moon, Jupiter's satellites, Solar projection (as in the photo), in focus (and out of focus) stars.

Especially I fondly  remember seeing Albireo for the first time with this telescope...

The Pleiades, The Sword Handle, The Beehive, and many many more celestial wonders were snagged with this tiny Tasco.

I know many complain about small refractors..... especially small Tasco refractors...!!!, but I will always thank the makers of my 40mm Tasco.....

An excellent introduction to the night sky...

I only wish I had it now, it finally fell apart a couple of years after this photo was taken.

Maybe one day I will find another one like it in the back of a junk shop....... :0)

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