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.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.