My dad was never into astronomy enough for us to have a telescope but we had some engineer nuts that filled in the gap here and there. I remember going out to the Mojave Desert to view Halley's Comet through a big clunky dobsonian telescope that one of dad's friends had built. What a let down that was. It still looked like a little white blur even with all that light gathering aperture. Still can't fathom why the guy with the scope didn't think to go looking for some nebulae or Jupiter or something. Some people just don't know how to wow the younguns.
Maybe when I get settled into this new job I'll be able to settle my mind and scribble out some new posts. Until then... anyone who is still paying attention here.... well, I thank you for your patience.