January 03, 2012 #127 - New Year, !Again!

Happy New Year

Another year has past! This poor blog has had little attention for many moons. As I have written in several posts my wife and I were traveling by camper throughout America during 2009/10 and early 2011. We had to slow to a holding pattern through most of last year due to family needs. We are now back on the shores of Lake Superior looking forward to the new year.

It was crisp (-2 below) last night and I spent some time admiring the winter skies. The moon was bright in the south with Jupiter traveling along nearby. The skies can be amazingly clear near the Apostle Islands no mater what time of year. I was hoping to be treated to the Aurora but the sun has not cooperated during this trip. There was  a great show in Indiana with lots of brilliant reds which I caught about a month ago.

As I have checked the statistics on blog usage by readers, and have found that my original posts of scanned telescope catalogs and information have been very popular since the first page was presented in July 2008. As a new years treat for those looking for more of this type of postings I am passing on an excellent site to go to for this type of info, a literal pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Classic Telescope / Catalogs and Manuals


A very hearty thank you to this site and all who contributed for us to read!

Clear Sky - Rich


Mark@BestTelescopes said...

Hi! I've heard a lot about the night skies at Apostle Islands, they are the stuff of legends, hope you had a great time! :-)

Since I'm running my own blog, I'd like your opinion - what are the best telescopes that have come out (in your opinion) in 2012, and which ones have you used?


Rich said...

Mark: Thanks for dropping by my BLOG. Our daughter lives on the shore of Lake Superior and that gives us a good reason to spend a lot of time in extreme northern WI. The skies there are dark for lack of any big cities for miles. Low population density! Low outdoor lighting! Last time I was there I could count 11 stars in the Pleiades with my 67 year old eyes.

I have several telescopes which I collected over the years. I use a APEX 127 Maksutov for light and fast observation, it has superb optics. My first good telescope was a Unitron 2.4 which is still excellent for double star work. On my travels I am carrying a new Celestron 9.25HD mounted on a CGEM DX. My final scope, the HD optics I would highly recommend and the CGEM DX mount is staggeringly solid. Take a look at it on the web. Clear Skies - RICH