A shared pas­sion for space

Sky at Night Magazine - - INTERACTIVE -

I re­ally wanted to buy my own tele­scope af­ter read­ing in BBC Sky At Night Mag­a­zine about lots of dif­fer­ent things you could see. I was not sat­is­fied with us­ing a neigh­bour’s wob­bly tele­scope, or a small one with not much manouevra­bil­ity or mag­ni­fi­ca­tion that be­longed to my dad. On my birth­day, I saved up all the money I re­ceived and I did the same at Christ­mas. Af­ter a lot of re­search, I fi­nally de­cided a Dob­so­nian tele­scope was the one I wanted. We searched on the in­ter­net and found one for £209. It ar­rived on Tues­day 7 Fe­bru­ary, and we un­packed it straight away. It took a long time to get a clear night, and when we did, we found we could see the Orion Ne­bula as a white haze. A few nights later, we at­tached my small cam­era to the tele­scope and took some pic­tures. My high­light so far is the pic­tures we took of the Moon, in­clud­ing the Alpine Val­ley. Eva Mor­ris, age 11, Ox­ford It’s heart­en­ing to hear that you and your dad have such a great shared pas­sion in as­tron­omy, Eva. Long may it con­tinue! – Ed

Two views of the Moon, cap­tured through Eva’s new 6-inch Dob­so­nian

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