One of the cool things about living in Tucson is the star watching opportunities that abound over the Sonoran Desert. I think Iâ€™ve mentioned this before, but Tucson has a light pollution ordinance; many of the side streets in residential areas donâ€™t have street lights (our street included). Thereâ€™s an ordinance as to how much light can be directed skyward. It makes for some beautiful skies.
I have used stargazing apps on my iPad since my very first iPad 1 back when they first came out. Theyâ€™re a delight; point your iPad in the direction of the sky and the app will tell you what youâ€™re looking at. It gets more interesting when accompanied with binoculars or a telescope, because you can see that much more in real life as depicted in the app.
I inherited my grandfatherâ€™s smaller telescope when he passed away in 2005. I look forward to getting it set up on the roof and really gazing at the beauty offered by our beautiful Universe.