As I've said; Starting the celestial course made me think that it would be cool to start learing more about the heavens.
So, Ive bought myself a spotting scope from Celestron. Waterproof, and rugged, with a zoom eyepiece so you don't need to lug around different eyepieces. Here is the scene:
Idyllic, isolated Caribbean or Pacific island (atoll)
Family and maybe friends from buddy boat
telescope and binocs to check out the beauty of the visible universe.
I also found a really cool little plaything called a SkyScout (also by Celestron). Check it out online.
I took the family to a "star party" this weekend. Check out the photos some of these amateur guys are taking!!!
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The spotting scope I bought is 100mm (thus nice light gathering) and range from 20 - 66 times mag. Quite enough for seeing a lot of stuff out there and doesn't require super super stable (read - heavy and bulky...) mount that is critical for higher mags.
The scope is also perfect for daytime photography and I got an adaptor for the Canon Eos digital camera. Any wildlife within range - I'd be looking at their tonsils!