Sunday, March 1, 2009

24" RC telescope - I was in a complete state of awe

My buddy Wes won an evening on this incredible telescope. The 24" Ritchey-Chrétien telescope is housed in the Meyer Observatory at the Turner Research Station about 2 hours southwest of Dallas, TX, and is operated by the Central Texas Astronomical Society. I, along with several other buddies, had the privilege of accompanying Wes to enjoy an evening of visual observing. Little did I know that it would be more than just the scope and incredible mount that amazed me. I was enlightened by the club's president on the science they are achieving. Their research on white dwarf stars is incredible endeavour. I admire this club of volunteers for their valiant contributions to science.

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