A bit of amateur astronomy

I’m in my Wintergreen house for the Columbus Day weekend. If I get lucky this evening, I’ll be able to do a bit of amateur astronomy with my TeleVue-85 refractor, a small jewel of an instrument which travels well and doesn’t require a lot of adjustments. That’s not me by the way, it’s from the advertising material. But my instrument looks just like that.

When we built this house, we put in a small observatory deck facing south, opposite the main view of the house which looks north up the Shenandoah Valley. With its height (above the trees) and southern view, this will be optimal for Fall and Winter observing.

Tonight, if it stays clear, I’ll take a look at M57, the ring nebula in Lyra–one of my favorite sights.