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Sto­ries and strange tales from the world of am­a­teur astronomy by Jonathan Powell

Back in the early 1980s, tele­scopes could be read­ily pur­chased from high street elec­tri­cal shops and even the odd chemist, placed next to the tin­sel in the shop win­dows in the fes­tive pe­riod. My first tele­scope, a 60mm re­frac­tor I’d asked Santa for, duly came down the chim­ney one year. Try­ing the beastie out, I fo­cused on a sign­post a quar­ter of a mile away, only to be dis­ap­pointed at not be­ing see­ing a fly wav­ing back at me. In truth, my tele­scope was bet­ter to look at than look through. How­ever, the fail­ing was not with the tele­scope, but my ex­pec­ta­tions of its ca­pa­bil­i­ties, which I only un­der­stood as I gained ex­pe­ri­ence. My first scope still holds fond mem­o­ries for me, as it gave me many hours of happy ob­serv­ing in the years that fol­lowed.

Email your own tales to Jon at Tales­fromtheEye­[email protected]­moon.co.uk

Jonathan Powell is the astronomy cor­re­spon­dent for the South Wales Ar­gus

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