Wrightwood - early years

I started visual observing of variable stars in the 1980's after having met Clint Ford at Ford Observatory.

Here is the scope I was using at the time, a 12" Newtonian.  I built the mounting about 20 years earlier just out of high school.  It's all steel and weighed a ton!

The scope had setting circles to point it to a field of view.  I used a large military surplus Erfle eyepiece to find the field.  I made about 3,000 visual observations with this scope.

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