Here is a picture I took recently of some old telescopes. I used Photoshop to age the image so it would look a little older and more interesting. I love telescopes. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an astronomer. That was when I thought all you did was look through a telescope at the beautiful heavens above. Then I realized that it was all math, and you hardly ever get to look through a telescope. That is when it started sounding really bad to me (the math portion of my brain is a small, shriveled pathetic little thing.) I did get a bit of a thrill as a kid though, when I had the pleasure of meeting Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto. This was the coolest thing ever for a wanna-be nerd like myself. I knew that all other planets had been discovered long ago by famous dead astronomers. It was so neat that I got to meet the only one alive in my lifetime. Then, they went and took it away. I was so sad, not only did he lose his achievement as an astronomer, I could no longer say I met someone who discovered a planet. I was truly heartbroken! He had passed away before it was demoted, but his family was still very sad. In my home state, New Mexico, Pluto is still considered a planet in honor of it's resident, Clyde Tombaugh.
Anyway, I have always loved telescopes. They are elegant and beautiful. I have one that my family and I take out to see the stars in the summer. When I saw these, I had to snap a picture of them. I think they will make a nice reference for a painting.