Stellarium with a Celestron NexStar 8SE

Using it for the first time during the 2018 Perseid meteor shower


A brief history of my interest in astronomy....

When I was much younger, my parents did their best to get me things for Christmas that might spark an interest in various things.  Music, astronomy, computers, chemistry, and electronics.  STEM stuff, basically.  Many of these kits ended up in the land of forgotten toys.  Which was the early fate of my first telescope.

About 25 years ago, during Summer break before my last year of college, I found myself living in a fairly remote town in Washington and a little bit bored.  With some renewed interest, I decided to get my old telescope out and set it up to see what I could see in the night sky.  I was so amazed at being able to see planets like Saturn and Jupiter and the Horsehead Nebula in Orion's belt.  The scope my parents got me was simple. 

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