This website is devoted to the my travels through the
universe. Most of the drawings were done from suburban
skies in Central Maryland with a 155mm refractor or smaller
telescope. In part, the reason for this website is to show
what can be seen visually from a moderate light-polluted
location with a modest-sized telescope. It is my hope to
persuade others to join me in enjoying the night sky even
when unable to travel to pristine skies.
I have been an amateur astronomer since the mid-1960s. I
have used several telescopes over the years and currently
own 7 telescopes and 2 binoculars as outlined below:
5215 Durham Road East
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Richard Orr's Astronomy Drawings
1) 60mm, f15, achromatic, Monolux Refractor (#4380) -- this was my first telescope
(early 1960s) and I have never been able to part with it. I currently have it mounted on
my 155mm Refractor.
2) 155mm, f7, apochromatic-triplet, Astrophysics Starfire Refractor -- this is the
telescope I usually use from the deck of my house in suburban Maryland. This is my
most used telescope.
3) 110mm, f7, apochromatic-triplet, William Optics FluroStar Refractor -- I use this
telescope usually when I spend a few hours with the local astronomy club at our
nearby semi-dark sites at Alpha Ridge Park and Carrs Mills Park.
4) 85mm, f6.6, apochromatic-triplet, Orion Eon ED-X2 Refractor -- this is my
airline/travel telescope or when I need a rich-field telescope.
5) 457.2mm f4.5 Dobsonian by Obsession -- this is my dark-sky star-party telescope
or the one I use when I wish to go deep into the cosmos.
6) 100mm Hydrogen-alpha telescope by Lunt (DSII/100T) -- used for exploring the
chromosphere of the sun.
7) Questar 3.5-inch (89mm) Maksutov Cassegrain Catadioptic -- this historical pretty
little scope is displayed in my office and only rarely used any more for observing.
8) Zeiss Dialyt 10 x 42 B binoculars -- used for wide field views (8+ degrees) of the sky.
9) Orion 25 x 100 binoculars -- used for general binocular observing. I use these when
I run the Messier Marathon.
What is new:
November 23, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Optical Double Star, Pi Pegasi, in Pegasus and the
K3 Giant star, 1-Lacertae, plus two double stars, Struve 2876 & Struve
2894, in Lacerta
November 22, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Spiral Galaxy, NGC 7217, in Pegasus
November 21, 2020 -- Added drawing of Larrieu's Dam in the lunar crater Polybius K
November 19, 2020 -- Added drawing of Herman's Cross Asterism in Sagittarius
November 17, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Planetary Nebula, NGC 7026, in Cygnus and the Open
Cluster, NGC 136, in Cassiopeia
November 15, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Spiral Galaxy, NGC 2403, in Camelopardalis and the
Open Cluster, Trumpler 3, in Cassiopeia
November 14, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Open Clusters, NGC 7044 & 7128 in Cygnus
November 10, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635, in Cassiopeia
November 09, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Multiple Star, 30 Arietis, in Aries
November 08, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Multiple Stars, Rho-Omicron-Pi Capricorni in Capricornus
November 07, 2020 -- Added drawing of Mars
November 06, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Multiple Star System, Lambda Cygni, in Cygnus
November 05, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Slow Irregular & Double star, T Cygni, in Cygnus
November 01, 2020 -- Added photo/drawing of the Halloween Blue Moon
Last updated 23-November-2020