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 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.
What is new:
February 24, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Lenticular Galaxy, NGC 1023, and the Reflection
Nebula, NGC 1333, in Perseus
February 23, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Globular Cluster, NGC 2419, and the Spiral Galaxy,
NGC 2683, in Lynx
February 22, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Spiral Galaxy, IC 342, in Camelopardalis
February 18, 2020 -- Added drawings of the Open Cluster NGC 2286, NGC 2311 and
NGC 2301 in Monoceros
February 17, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Open Cluster NGC 2353, Asterism, NGC 2351, and the
Double Star, Struve 1052, in Monoceros
February 16, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Open Clusters NGC 2335, NGC 2343, Cr 465, Cr 466
and the Seagull Nebula IC 2177 in Monoceros
February 15, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Carbon Star, W Canis Majoris, in Canis Major
February 08, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Galaxy NGC 4753 in Virgo
February 07, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Galaxies NGC 4697 and NGC 4731 in Virgo
February 05, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Galaxy NGC 4643 in Virgo
February 04, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Galaxy NGC 4665 in Virgo
February 03, 2020 -- Added drawing of the Galaxy NGC 4636 with Supernova SN 2020ue in Virgo
Last updated 24-February-2020