You can say this is the moment I have been waiting for all my life. Finally, after 20 years, I got to spend a night with a telescope in my hands. Now, how awesome is that!!!??? :D.
With an equally psyched friend for company, I spent the happiest stargazing night ever, making out the awesomely awesome constellations, the so so distant nebulae, the stunning Gas Giants and everything that there is in the night sky.
I have finally got better at spotting the constellations properly, thanks to one amazing software called Sideralis for mobile phones. It’s just fucking amazing! And you should have seen my face when I finally managed to spot the Orion completely ( largely thanks to the fact that I had traveled some 60 Km away from the Light Polluted Chennai to get Clear Skies ) :). Ah, The feeling that you get when you spot the Big Dog with it’s stunning tail ( The Canis Major ) or when you spot Mr. Hercules who seems to be standing there in the dark with his hands raised, poised like a true Hero, Absolutely Amazing.
And then, Saturn. Only now I understand why Saturn is the favorite celestial object of all fucking times. Appa, the rings, Breathtaking! Saturn is the Best Planet Ever, after Earth of course :P. And Titan, the largest moon of Saturn that was just a pixel in the image was really nice, and Jupiter with it’s beautiful bands of clouds and it’s moons lined up on either side was some sight:).
Not to forget Sirius, Betelgeuse and Regulus, The Beautiful Orion Nebula that was just a collection of dots in the scope and the Whirlpool Galaxy which is so distant that I got to see only an unresovled dot; besides the always stunning Ursa Major which thought me in a simple manner how everything revolves around Polaris, and did I mention that Saturn rocks?
I even managed to spot Leo and Bootes. Finally there’s our own Moon. Waning Gibbous, with the line bringing out the crescent shape that is breathtakingly beautiful surrounded by all the craters and mountains on that pure white landscape, brilliant :), and Saturn’s rings are the best ever!
So I managed to do and learn so much in one single night than I’ve done for the last 20 years. It feels good :). A round trip of about 120 Km and a night without sleep, but totally worth it, thanks to a friend with this amazing scope :D, thanks to which I was able to spot Saturn with it’s Rings :).
I forgot to mention the scope’s amazing Goto capability and the built-in Computer. It has a catalog of stars, nebula, constellations etc. and first, the finder scope is properly aligned and the we point the main scope with any two stars visible at that time and calibrate it, after that all you have to do is just select the object from a long list and the scope will automatically move and point to the object! We literally fell down when selected ” Goto Saturn ” and it pointed to it with perfect precision and we saw the fucking rings. Technology. Science. Genius.!!