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On looking up and looking down (telescopes and Microscopes)!

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I know as a young person I was fascinated by a couple of things. The first was the concept of how far away can I see, the second was how small an object can I see. To this day, I am still interested in those two concepts. How far can I see is a telescope or binoculars question. I have binoculars for the boat that are ranging binoculars. They can tell you exactly how far an object is away from you.  At home, I have a couple of telescopes.

All with the intent of seeing far.  I remember going with my dad to the Indiana University telescope in the early 1970s. I think it was before we went to Bangkok. I was awe of what that telescope could see. It was heavily affected by light. Literally just off the main drag of both the IU campus but also of the city of Bloomington Indiana. But I was hooked.

Microscopes are also interesting, I have an “image magnification system to view coins, but that is more from a collection and collector perspective. Sometimes you can’t see the struck mint stamp, they can be very small. Sometimes the dates are very faded.

None of this, of course, applies to Macro photography which is a very different image to capture. This is examining objects far away or objects very near with intention of determining critical information, like is there water on Mars, or was that coin really from San Francisco!

  • have you ever been to an observatory?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you sometimes gaze at the stars and wonder if somewhere another bearing is looking back at you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you own a telescope?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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