Observatory

Dedication

Every observatory, big or small, deserves a dedication as they all have many people who make them possible.

I would like to dedicate my observatory, "Mind's Eye Observatory," my eyes to the universe and perspective on our place in it, too my family. To my wife Cheryl, daughter Ashley, son Jack and her family who are always wondering what in the world I am doing out in the backyard in the wee hours. To my sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Eddie, and especially my mother and father, Gwen & Ron, who always supported my many interests. Sometimes, I am sure, shaking their heads.

My observatory building was a retirement project for my dad who, for as long as I can remember, wanted a proper wood shop to continue his projects. My mother made it happen, and he did get to set up his shop and use it but that ended far too soon when he became ill with pancreatic cancer. He lost a two-year battle with cancer, but he lives on in us. He always said this shop will someday be mine. I never really knew how to reply except to say no time soon.

Many times I find myself sitting in the observatory / shop thinking about him and what he did when he was using it. The things he dreamed of. The hard work at home and at work that allowed those dreams.

I hope that he would approve of what I have done with it. I know he would approve of what it has done for me. After a day of dealing with life, it's sometimes nice to fire up the observatory and see what is really going on out there. Or just do some tinkering! Dad was good at tinkering. (also known as the fine art of doing nothing. It rubbed off on me.)

"Doing nothing always leads to the very best of something" -- Pooh Bear

I named my observatory "Mind's Eye" because, over the many years of doing Astronomy and sharing with others, I have learned that it's essential to use your mind's eye when observing to get a perspective on the vastness of the observable universe and our place in it. When using any telescope you always want to see just a bit more to answer that next question. The mind's eye is an important tool for reaching deep into ourselves.

John T Grage

Mind's Eye Observatory 2019

Terry & Cheryl
Ron & Gwen
Teresa & Eddie
First light 2019 Lunar eclipse cell phone shot through the eyepiece January 2019.
Ashley and Jack enjoying a fire.

Ron at play!

Ron getting ready for hot laps.
Ron flying on a Jersy speed skiff.
Terry and Ron just getting started on the Care Taker restoration.
Ron and Gwen showing the award winning Care Taker a 1950 Century Sea Maid
Ron and Care Taker on Lake Gaston.
Ron strapping into a paraglider.
Dad misbehaving with me at the Philadelphia Galileo Expo 2009.
Ron At the Philadelphia Galileo Exposition 2009.
Me at the helm 2019
Ron and Steve