James Paulson's roll off roof observatory at the Sunridge Observatory site, taken in the summer of 1986, housing a 10 inch f/5 Cave Astrola Newtonian reflector telescope

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

God's View

From the title of this you would think I am entering into the realm of religion.

I come from a time in science when we believed in it to describe and build our world. We knew that things measurable were important. We tapped these things to build ideas. I was around when IC chips came about, and they published diagrams and voltages in books. You knew how the insides worked. You built things with them. Some had fancy names, like Schmidt triggers. Duck.

Astronomy today is a new world filled with electronic toys and disconnected amateurs, plastic gears, mass produced glass, and the same sky. I love the fact that the sky remains the same in a world gone mad with TM's, IM's DMK's, QHY's, DSLR's, LXD's, UWO's and CGEMS.

Corporations can keep the acronyms, I will keep the sky, the heavens, god's handiwork, the celestial sphere, telescope making, digging in the references, red flashlights, optics companies, home lathes, smaller companies making larger parts, etc.

Now toss this in. Every newbie to this hobby reminds me of me 25 years ago. We see the same sky. Really what has changed?


  1. James,
    Have watched your blog & Reminices 'bout your Cave for what seems like a lifetime. Alas, I think i have waited tooooo long to attempt to contact you. If your purchaser reniges can you please contact me?
    Rick in the hot & swampy Midwest

  2. Yeah, that's true... I'm a newbie myself, but I have no idea where to begin...