Did you see the lunar eclipse tonight? We had the fun of watching it with a telescope! A couple weeks after Christmas we got a telescope for our family at an after-Christmas sale. It had been $100 and was 75% off! We had studied astronomy for science during the fall semester, so had developed something of an interest in star-gazing. It was really neat to be able to pick up a decent little telescope for $25. However, since it's been so cold outside since we got it, we hadn't even taken it out the box before tonight.
This morning my daughter heard about the eclipse on the the news. She was hoping her daddy would get home from work in time to put the telescope together in time to watch it. I told that the most important thing was if the weather was clear. A telescope wouldn't help us if the skies were overcast. But the weather cooperated and Daddy got home in time... so we got to observe the eclipse up close.
The telescope even came with a camera that you can hook up to your computer, but we were scrambling just to get it put together, so we didn't get any pictures... this time. I understand that this coming Sunday night will be a good time to view Saturn. Maybe we'll get the camera attachment figured out by then?