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 6 telescopes 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 Carr's 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.
What is new:
January 14, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Bow-Tie Nebula (NGC 40) in Cepheus
January 13, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) in Perseus and the
Open Cluster NGC 188 in Cepheus
January 06, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Multiple Star Mintaka (Delta Orionis) in Orion and the
Dwarf Galaxy Leo 1 and a Pulsating Red Giant (R Leonis) in Leo
January 04, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Open Clusters NGC 2194 & Skiff J0614 + 12.9 in Orion
January 03, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Multiple Stars Systems of Sigma Orionis and Struve 761 in
January 02, 2020 -- Added drawing of Hubble's Variable Nebula in Monoceros
Last updated 14-January-2020