To celebrate my oldest daughter Amanda's upcoming birthday this Wednesday I did up a " If it's your birthday or around your birthday or any one's birthday you know and you are first to send in a celestial image you get a meteorite" contest, congratulations Genie for being the first to send in the above super celestial Lunar image, love the title "Happy Birthday Bob's Daughter!" as well.
I just had to post the above Genie image, just because I think it is too cool, so original, again well done Genie.
People, if you are thinking of buying a telescope but are afraid you'll waste your hard earned money because you're afraid you may only use it a couple times, and you don't really have anywhere to put it.......... boy, have a got a scope for you. I am on Celestron's mailing list for new products and such, when I received the info on this little guy I just had to share it with you.
Celestron's FirstScope, small and compact, and at only $49.99 US or $62.49 CAD, can't really go wrong. Talk about a grab and go scope, more like a grab and hug scope, it's so cute. Got the sudden urge to look at the stars, no prob, just pull it out of it's small storage space, run outside to the patio table and you're good to go, it's that simple of a setup.
Don't let it's looks and size fool you, with a 3" mirror you'll be able to see the Moon, planets, and bright deep sky objects with it, even from the city. Objects like star clusters, some nebulae and brighter galaxies, like Andromeda will now be within your grasp. They won't be shipped out until May, I put my preorder in and will be talking about it further after I've had a chance to actually use it.
It comes with a couple eyepieces as well, a 20 mm gives you 15x magnification, as well as a 4mm giving you 75x magnification. It is named official product of the International Year Of Astronomy 2009.
I'll leave you now with one of my Lunar, Venus conjunctions animated.