The cosmos have always fascinated
me. When I was little, I used to gaze at the night sky for
long periods, trying to see the constellations. When I was
in elementary school, my mother bought me a Peterson's guide
to astronomy. I was fascinated by the myraid of celestial
objects and processes. That prompted my to read widely about
astronomy over the next few years.
I bought a beginner
telescope from a sporting goods store last week. A 70mm refractor
with 225x magnification. The mount is wobbly on the vertical
axis but otherwise it is satisfactory. I plan to use it on
clear nights on my balcony. It is also an excellent terestrial
telescope. I can make out indivudual leaves of trees a hundred
Cassini-Hutgens mission discovers 2 new Saturnian moons.