Extremely rare auroras over
This page is here mainly for astronomy buffs. Frank
is an amateur astronomer who is lucky enough to live in one of the best dark-sky
sites in the country, at an elevation of 6000 feet about 26 miles outside of
Until he mounted the Meade LX200R telescope on a permanent pier, Frank traveled with his scopes, giving presentations to civic and school groups in Castle Valley, in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, or in nearby Arches National Park. The nights started close to home...viewing the moon and/or planets, moving out to open and globular clusters, nebulae and other wonders within our own galaxy, and then to galaxies many millions of light-years distant. If conditions were right, viewers could even see 3C273, a quasar 2-3 billion (!) light years away. Click here to see the handout distributed at those events.
"Our eyepiece affords us a unique view of the
universe. Through it we see two-dimensional pinpoints and smudges of
light. It is the science of astronomy that enables our imagination to
endow these meager images with the mystery and amazement that come with adding
distance, scale, and time. Thus, each time we observe, armed with
knowledge and imagination, we take a journey in which we observe ourselves in
relation to the vastness of the universe." -- Steven Ashe, astronomer.
Frank 'n' Sally's Castleton Observatarium
12" Meade LX200R Telescope mounted on a
Pier Tech 2 pier in
a SkyShed POD.
The entire operation is solar-powered.
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