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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 9, 2004 22:43:32 GMT -6
New to the forum and new to astronomy. I live in Sheridan IL. For any of you not familiar with my area, it is due west (from Chicago) on I-80 to Ottawa then north about 10 miles. Pop. 1100 or so...lol. I have a B&L spotting scope on a camera tripod to get me thru until my (back-ordered) Meade LXD75 AR-6 arrives. Current estimates for the ETA is in December sometime. I found a SN-10 OTA to go on this mount also, and it is patiently waiting too.(Yeah....Right..lol)
I work at a nuclear accelerator out in the 'burbs and have always had an interest in the sky. I finally have started to pursue astronomy, a hobby I can share with my son. He's one and will soon be showing me things ...lol. It's good to have found a local forum and I look forward to learning.
My interest in astronomy....hmmm... It seems to be growing. Years ago, I received one of those famous (infamous) 60mm scopes. Never found anything. And lost interest. But, I've always found meteor showers, northern lights, constellations ...etc. interesting. A few months ago I found an astronomy sky weather link and got to looking around.... I've been looking for a good hobby to share with my son.(besides motorcycles......My one year old son already has 3.... don't ask how many are in my garage...lol) Using my spotting scope I started to poke around the sky. Objects found so far: M31, M57(finally!), Orion Nebula, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, the double's in Lyra, Pleiades, and my first attempt at some photography, the lunar eclipse. And looking forward to more. I found the website with a search on Google for Chicago Astronomy.