My dad works for NASA. (I know, cool, right?) Well, he’s a nerd sometimes (hard not to be when you work there, I guess) and when I was a kid, it was no different. The space station would fly overhead or Mars would (finally!) be visible with the naked eye or something, and he’d shuffle my whole family out to see the wonders of space. For a while it was really irritating (didn’t he know I had better things to do?) but now that I no longer live at home, I kind of miss it. He uses this little red—powerful—telescope that’s so cute but so expensive. It’s good for looking at the Moon when you actually want to see craters and stuff.
I’ve been thinking about getting a less expensive telescope or something for myself in semi-tribute to my dad (for passing on his love of the sky, whether I’ll admit it to him or not ^_^) from OpticsPlanet.com, which bills itself as “the web’s best destination for all hobby related products.” They have hunting gear (rifle scopes, for example), telescopes, sunglasses, thermal imaging stuff, and a lot more. One of the reasons I’d pick OpticsPlanet over other sellers is because they sponsor the Astronomical League, and that’s cool. Who’s the nerd now? LOL.