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02-19-2005, 03:46 PM
I have twin grandsons 11 years old. One, Brandon is very into astronomy as is his mother (my daughter). Brandon won an ETX 90 telescope last year at a star party and has been having fun with it. This is his second attempt at astrophotography using a cheap digital camera and his telescope. He did this entirely on his own with no assistance. It has been enhanced somewhat to improve detail and contrast. The photo was taken in the daytime which accounts for the blueness.


02-19-2005, 03:59 PM
That's an awesome picture Evan. Then taking into account he's only 11!!!

02-19-2005, 04:04 PM
Wow , he is a clever young guy.

My Dad when he was alive was proud of the fact that we had a "family crater" on the moon. My grand fathers cousin discovered during his directorship of the Vatican observatory a crater which was then named after him. Its located 7.2n latitude 179e longitude and is 33.7km across.


60years ago it could hav had your grandsons name on it. maybe we could subdivide it.

BTW its called Stein

G.A. Ewen
02-19-2005, 04:20 PM
Great photo. I bet that he does well in school to.

02-19-2005, 06:18 PM
Evan, that's great that your grandson has this interest. More power to him.

02-19-2005, 09:47 PM
Kuddo's to you, Thats Really Cool!! Hope he keeps his interest and inginuity.

02-19-2005, 10:01 PM
Congrats on the grandson,not too many kids these days take an intrest in things like astronomy.

One question though,why is it your always out when it's a full moon? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-19-2005, 10:43 PM

I really know nothing much about astronomy. Never even looked through a decent telescope. Not being a scopejunky, what sort of telescope would say $1,500 buy and what sort of image quality would it produce (so to speak)?


02-19-2005, 11:21 PM
$1500 will buy you a very nice scope with a number of accessories. It is a very long topic as to what to get. There are a number of resources online. Try asking the question on


(my daughter hangs out there).

Try the telescopes and binoculars forum.

02-20-2005, 04:10 AM
I'm going to have to watch my back. The kid is already nipping at my heels. Oh well, the most that I can ever hope for is for my children (and grand children) to surpass me. However, we will see what transpires during the paintball contest this coming summer...

02-20-2005, 07:37 AM
I really like the shot blue tinge and all. Looks good to me as eye appealing. I don't know if a compliment from an adult renders his interest as unkewl (if an adult likes it...) but applaud his efforts. Nice shot.

02-20-2005, 01:40 PM
Very nice for a beginner - well done!

02-20-2005, 01:46 PM
Evan -
Confuscious said:
The highest compliment a teacher can receive is for the skill of the student to surpass that of the teacher...

Alistair Hosie
02-20-2005, 02:13 PM
Well done tell him from me young man your a clever lad god bless and love from Scotland regards Alistair