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My First Observation

Rather would like to call it My First Night SKY gazing

Forgetting my new pair of binocs was not something willed upon but New Year 2012 was approaching and as the hump-jump was everywhere, the sky was absolutely something to be forgotten about.

Do, you think the sky can be just something taken for granted and not taken care about? Obviously, for the half of my life I had never taken any interest with the sky, nor does the mass of dumbed down populace.

So why this sudden rush to understand the sky now??

The sky has been always there, neither it is so “enchanting” nor “magnetic” but our eyes are so riveted to our laptop screens or our TV sets that we have almost no time to care for what’s happening above us. Or, to just even ponder about a sky so beautiful with all its mysteries there waiting to be explored upon.

The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind knows not.

(Quran 40:57)

At 12:00 a.m midnight, around the world as it is, the festivities started with the fire works show.

In Mauritius, at the peak of the Signal Mountain this fireworks time-lapse was taken.

Unbelievingly, by one in the morning of January 2012, everything quietened up. The night was still.  No stirring up of even the leaves on trees around.

I am still thinking why did I go out that night rather than sleep?

So, my first observation did happen on 01/01/2012. How do I remember this? I think reading a review somewhere  I  came upon the advice that if you are entering this amateur astronomy hobby, ever if you are observing even for a few minutes , just record the observations. It would help you a lot.

How?

Personally, while reviewing at my log notes in my personal diary, I looked foolish of what I had logged as my first observations, but it was so interesting that an amateur as me brought in my own astronomy definitions on my first time to the already defined observable universe.

Nevertheless, the first observation remains the best and the most memorable.

Perhaps this is why I am so much in love with  Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. These three prominent stars inthe central regions of the constellation of Orion align to form the ‘belt’ of the Hunter.

And surprisingly the whole world is also. Take any beginner’s guide to the sky, they would talk only Orion,Orion, Orion. I didn’t know about Orion or its belt, but perhaps this was a sign from The Creator that this is where you should start your journey to the universe. There is so much I have learned about these three that I am baffled and there is still more to come.

The actual observation

Standing towards the west, I saw this magnificently in front of me.

I continuously looked at this portion of the sky for 2 hrs straight

What I actually wrote as observational notes?

Night gazing: The axe

Naked eye: Concentrated dots

Binocs: Small dots.

01:00 – 03:00 am

I also drew the dots  in a diary.

What makes me foolish looking now is that I called the Orion belt as the axe’s blade and the Orion Nebulae as the axe’s handle.

Hey, if the Greeks can make out Gods out of stars why can’t I make my own Axe?

The Orion Hunter

So, I have already fallen in love with the sky, what are you waiting to raise your eyes to the beautiful night sky?

Rocket Roberts is such a Nerd

Rocket Roberts  is such a Nerd

How can someone be such a nerd to start from a telescope

how Rocket Roberts got his start in Astronomy

to see the night sky as a hobby and then  to build a whole observatory in his backyard. I felt that this is something weird. “All Americans are weirdos”. In our part of the world people don’t become so much weird. But….. I was to be proved WRONG!!!

Actually following the beginners telescope advice I made up my mind that I should obviously have an Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope  But later (in the later months of research in the amateur astronomy world)  in my quest to buy my best first  telescope led me to find weirder people in the astronomy field who are not mad about telescopes but OBSESSED about TELESCOPES.

And here  I bumped up on to OBSESSION Telescopes.

Jim-Lowery,-Dragan-Nikin,-Jim-Rippey-560px from http://www.obsessiontelescopes.com/galleries/index.php

But now I have made up my mind to get my first telescope. Though it would be much a hassle as I have to import it. But it would be either the Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope,

Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

Orion XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

the Orion XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope.

And then one day or the other to have one Obsession Telescope for Life time use. Hope this child wish realises.

How I began observing the sky?

My love story with the sky.
I had not the least understanding of the sky. I just saw stars at night. Sometimes the moon. and what else. They are there so why should i see them. But……………
A very close friend of mine would usually tell me during our conversations that:
A: I want to go the space. I want to fly and go to the space.
B: You are mad. What the hell are you going to do there.
A: (In a pensive mood ) Sometimes when I see the stars I …….  I lose myself in them. As if travelling through them, I go on and on through them.
B: You are just a jerk.

What does a sky with thousands and thousands of stars mean to you?

Such were the conversations each time we would touch the sky subject. But never did it strike me in any manner or so.
To be Continued……..

 

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