Ahhh, sweet Tuesday!

  Break in the weather after yesterday’s constant showers and clouds. Some clear skies – out came the Celes 50, solar filter and Datyson colorizing Zoom!

  I need a solar finder – or will make one later this evening if I get to WallyWorld for some translucent paper.

  Found the Sun rather easily. Even @ 7mm – it was bo-rrr-ing! very little granulation or solar activity present. One or two spots – that’s okay – the Astromart filter worked, DCZ worked, Celes 50 worked – nice little package that does not overload the very lightweight AltAz they are on – so, boring yet successful viewing.

  UPS dropped off wife’s back massager rather early – so she was happy and a short time later actually smiled when she saw the long box from Tom Duncan containing the 80mm Towa as I lugged it from the Post Office to the Pathfinder. That’s also because she wasn’t in the living room or kitchen when the Polaris 76AZ-P arrived yesterday.  I inventoried it quickly and closed it back up, set it under Lola’s case – very close match – and I don’t think she ever ‘saw’ it or noticed Lola’s case was thicker.

  Wives, much like Humans, alert on motion, track on motion. They alert alert on sound (real or imagined) and can track and judge on smell. Humans (husbands) alert and track on motion, often ignore sound & smell, and judge on appearance or point of origin. If a wife doesn’t see movement associated with a toy and it is NOT left on the bed, kitchen table or couch you’re pretty safe. If it also doesn’t make cool noises or stink – it may as well be invisible.

  So, with her not stink-eyeing anyone because there’s a new, long box, you’d think I’d unbox the treasured Towa even with her in the area – No-nono-no-no-no! Been married 35 years and I am only as dumb as I look – no  dumber! I waited til she was in the shower – I went slow, making sure none of the many and quality pieces of firm foam made it anywhere but back in the box as I extracted the beautiously long, phat cylinder of the Towa and the Finder. I placed it gently on the couch, dewshield supported by a pillow, without removing the layer of protective foam and bubblewrap Tom had lovingly applied – and there it sits, still.

  “Small steps” – Contact, Ellie’s Dad-image said “Small Steps”. It’s very good advice for almost everything. My darling Darling knows there’s a new scope in the wrappings, I’m pretty sure there’s a new scope in there – but until it’s unwrapped, it’s in “Schrodinger’s Scope” limbo; until the wave function  collapses, could be anything, could belong to anyone.

  My patience has a purpose – for the purposes of argument or contention, that scope ‘belongs’ to whomever collapses the wave function – and I’d prefer it be her. There’s also the psychology of discovery and exploration to consider – I open and jam it in her face “Look, look, look!” – she goes defensive, game on. If she opens it, she’ll do it slowly since she knows it isn’t hers (yet) and she’ll be careful. She’ll be bored opening it slowly, so she’ll take note of it’s subtleties – exploring it with her eyes, fingertips – a gentle introduction, a chance to form questions about it, plan it’s use, accept it’s presence.

  As she acclimates to it, she bonds with it – like a new puppy, a fascinating piece of art. This works with my darling Darling because she has an intuitive nature, a scientific mind – should work with any darling Darling who reads, studies, likes Amaretto, tastes wine, does puzzles. She’ll know it’s a Towa – The Towa I’ve mentioned, she’ll know it’s numbers, have a good idea of it’s capabilities and so on. When I re-enter the scene, she’ll open with a suggestion for mounting, what we might first view with it, should I have left it resting on the pillow like that – something calm and intelligent which will assert the sense familiarity & ownership she’s developed by not being confronted with ‘it’ cold, wielded by some babbling, excited nit.

Now, that’s the ‘wife’ side of this – the ‘me’ side is maybe just as interesting.  Here’s why:

I view the Towa as a ‘real’ scope & a ‘classic’ scope – something the astronomizers I know generally have, or had, at least one of and like.  It’s got a few more defined plusses, for me:

  • It’s a common, respectable brand made in Japan – good optics. 
  • It’s an 80mm – not pretentiously large and not beggardly small – 
  • It’s f/15 – decidedly not RFT – and that matters in that it is a decisive statement – “I have listened to you all, I have a respectable planet-viewer; a scope made to do this and not other things”. 
  • It’s not a duplication of anything I already have.
  • It’s not ‘perfect’ or ‘pristine’ which gives me some freedom to improve it without the worry of tainting a p or p scope.
  • It came from a reliable Astronomizer with a lot of experience.
  • It’s an f/15  – about the ‘betterest’ you can do when you see “f/10~12 or better” in posted advice without leaving the map.
  • It (hopefully) demonstrates that when I say ‘Thank you for your posts, I consider them gifts” it’s not just gobble – I really do read, learn from and appreciate and follow their advice and have a better time observing because of it. People need positive feedback, they deserve it – this is my way of giving it.

  The things I’ve mentioned are important to me as a novice astronomizer – they are, or this scope is, a milestone I’ve wished to achieve, a point of reference I can explore first-hand (when convenient), a better understanding of discussions within the community and their referentials. And it is or should be a valued addition to my tool set – it will help me to observe better.  Right now, I’m getting some good ‘Xmas morning excitement” from it and first light isn’t being rushed. I am patiently calming down, getting back to an objective frame of mind.

This is going to be a treat – Tom says it’s a good scope, and he’s a good egg =), it puts me on par in one more way with the rest of the community, and the views will be wonderful!

and this post would be wonderful if I could get the font size on the list to bump up, oh man…

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