In honour of the last “Chill n Grill” of the season we had a special event up on the wonderful roof top terrace. Jim finally broke out his telescope as the sky was cloud free and full of stars:
“Technically, due to light pollution, there are not so many stars to be seen but that is a price you pay if you don’t want to live in the sticks. At this point I have to say that the telescope was bought for me by my lovely wife for Christmas 2009. It has, except for the day I unpacked it, spent nearly 5 years in my cupboard at home. As with all toys and anything technical I categorically refuse to read the instructions and hence under suspicion that is connected with anything I don’t understand immediately it went to hibernation.
Then came the “rebirth”, and I brought it into the office and let the Circus` own MacGyver (Felix) have a look at it and was able set it up without reading the instructions (it makes me sick) and got it functioning. All that was needed was a night with no clouds and motivation which coincided with the last grill night. Now I have never used a telescope before and after a little mockery from whose present I actually got it focused on the Moon and it was flipping (sorry to swear) brilliant. Of course nobody believed me until they had a look themselves and I think we can say everyone up on the roof top who had go absolutely loved it. Particularly when looking at the border between the light and dark side of the moon the craters that we could see were astonishing.
We are definitely doing it again but next time with Alex (reservations department) who has a telescope a zillion times bigger than mine (at least, that’s his story). Stay tuned. I would like to thank the wife for the smashing Christmas present (best present ever!), my daughter Josie for asking “Daddy why don’t you ever use the telescope?”, MacGyver for the help with all the bits of bobs that you have to stick in the telescope and Alex for TRYING to explain to a thicko like me:
1) Gravity: Okay I know that a larger mass has a gravitational pull on smaller masses and therefore are attracted. But why? No so easy hey?
2) Why the Moon does not then crash in to the earth: Still don’t get it really?
3) Blackholes and loopholes: Need to smoke pot for this one
4) Dark Matter: Need to break out the bong
5) What was before the big bang and two pieces of toast theory: Breakfast Bong please”