First Light is a professional astronomy term used to describe when a telescope first comes online and, in this day and age, takes its first images. Its a magical time for the astronomers, telescope operator, and, when applicable, general public, to enjoy the fruits of, oftentimes, decades of planning in order to bring the telescope to fruition.
The Hubble Space Telescope’s First Light was, infamously, in 1990, when it was learned its mirror was out of alignment. The Keck I and Keck II telescopes in Mauna Kea, Hawaii saw First Light in 1993. Until that time, Palomar Observatory, located about an hour north of San Diego, was the largest telescope in the world, and had been for about 60 years. Mt. Palomar’s Hale telescope, named for George Ellery Hale, is 200 inches in diameter. It succeeded the 60 inch and 100 inch telescopes at Mt. Wilson, built in the 1920’s, as the largest telescope.
Since the Keck’s came online, there have been so many telescopes launched and built that it is difficult to keep track of them all. The next generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, will see its First Light in a few months.
I Help your Telescope Come out of the Closet
Unlike brick and mortar and online telescope stores, I don’t just sell telescopes – I teach you how to become an astronomer. There’s a big difference. The world is chock full of Closet Telescopes – telescopes bought with the absolute best of intentions that now collect dust in a closet.
This course gives you Lifetime access to everything you need to know to USE your telescope. It walks you through the process of unboxing your telescope to configuring it and having it see First Light. Regardless of the type of telescope you have, you will learn what you need to know in order to best use it, so your investment doesn’t go unused.
How to Use Your Telescope
This course covers:
- Everything in the Telescopes 101 course
- Telling the Universe Where you are
- Aligning optical devices
- Using your Newtonian Reflector Telescope
- Using your Folded Reflector Telescope
- Using your Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
- Using your Refractor Telescope
- Night Sky Basics
- Astronomy Math
- Going off the Grid
- Astrocamping checklist
- Creature Comforts
This First Light course will walk you down the road of becoming an amateur astronomer, reading the night sky, knowing where you are, preventing equipment malfunctions and frustrations (you’d be amazed at the difference the right screw can make on an observing trip) and maximizing your observing trip for comfort and objects seen.
Membership is non-refundable after trial period. Cancel at any time. May not re-enroll for another trial period.