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It was aeven years ago, and counting, that my wife relayed to me one question a friend was asked in one of those banal day-workshops we all know too well: "What would be the first 3 things you'd do if you had all the money in the world?" was the question. Though we both considered it rather banal at the time, and without referring to my first two replies - my third and final was: "I'd buy myself a telescope". It stunned me how easy this came to me, after a 30 years long vacation from this wonderful hobby. There are some known lyrics in Hebrew saying "It wasn't gone, but rather only sleeping". And evidently, the hobby was hibernating for thirty years in the back of my mind...

And boy, what an awakening that was.. To make a rather short story even shorter: in seven years I found myself completely immersed in the hobby, with our Remote-Operated observatory, deep in the Kalahari desert, the Southern Sky Gems Observatory located at the Tivoli AstroFram, Namibia ( http://tinyurl.com/TivoliSSG). Our pride and joy observatory is equipped with the state of the art, Officina Stellare RiDK 305 F7.9, riding a GTO1200 mount, using an OAG-fit SBIG STF-8300M camera, with state of the art E-Series GenII, and NB 5mm Astrodon filters.

At the Negev Desert, Israel, I use the impeccable Officina Stellare Riccardi Honders Veloce RH 200 F3 scope, riding the clockwork unguided Astrosysteme Austira, ASA DDM60 Pro mount, accountable to many of the images you will see on this site, from both the Negev and Kalahari deserts.

Finally, beyond the thrill of continuous revelation - as science wasn't dormant during those thirty years - and the thrill of seeing the Almighty's creation, up close and personal (using a the above equipment, of course...), the torturous - and so much fun - task of astro-imaging brings about mosquito bites, great asto-buddies, and a devastating rise in gas (and flight...) expenses. It also brings about some of the sights I share with you on this site. Some are good, and some are better (:-)) but all are dedicated to my lovely lady, my charming friend, with whom 'each day is valentines day' - my pal and always funny buddy, my wife Gali.

Please feel absolutely free to connect with me at any time, on any topic, at: harel.boren@gmail.com.
Recent Images
Recent Images
International Acknowledgements - APODs and Publications
International Acknowledgements - APODs and Publications
Kalahari Southen Skies
Kalahari Southen Skies
Southern Sky Gems Observatory
Southern Sky Gems Observatory
Equipment & Star Parties
Equipment & Star Parties
Given Names to Astronomical Objects
Given Names to Astronomical Objects
Nebulae
Nebulae
Clusters
Clusters
Other Objects
Other Objects
Caldwell Objects
Caldwell Objects
Messier Objects
Messier Objects
Galaxies
Galaxies
New Year Greetings - 2014
New Year Greetings - 2014