Six decades of observing
Thomas P. Busemeyer
May 20, 2013
At age 18 in 1950 I purchased my first telescope--a 4" aperature Edmund Scientific reflector. What absolute joy it brought to my eyes!
Some years later I viewed beautiful Saturn through a star party member's 8 inch homemade reflector. I was struck enlightened (if not dumb). I later purchased a Goto Mfg. Co. 60 mm refractor ---a true jewel which set me to start a log book of observed items which I still keep up using my Meade ETX 125 in my home built 8'-0" diameter domed observatory.
Having gotten a BS in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (1958) my senior thesis, which I still have, was a self -contained base on the Moon, delivered by a single rocket. Remember I was an architect not a space engineer so there were a lot of assumptions.
My current project is logging double stars within the limitations of trees, light pollution and my 80-year-old body, and having only one eye since about mid 2012.
I watch the NASA TV channel on a regular basis and have a display of models of space vehicles from Saturn V to the present.
Given more years of life and good health, I'll keep on keeping on.
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.