|At Gilbert Water Ranch trying out my new custom built viewing scope from Photon Instrument.|
Monday, January 3, 2011
I'm finally back to blogging after a nearly 2 month absence. Where have I been?? Out exploring my favorite birding areas, agog over what I can now see! Its a whole new bird world out there now that I can see soooo far, and in so much detail! I never was able to master using binoculars so I have been birding just by naked eye, and using a 12x optical zoom digital camera to get close-up views. But I often couldn't ID the birds I was seeing while in the field with certainty - I had to download my images to my laptop to get a decent look at key field markings. So in November my friend Josh, at Wild Birds Unlimited, referred me to Warren Kutok at Photon Instrument in Mesa, Arizona. What a lucky day that was for me, to discover such a great hidden treasure here in Mesa. Warren Kutok has helped build and repair observatory telescopes all over the world, and now he's putting together a custom built viewing scope that mounts to my wheelchair! I went into his shop and met with him on a Thursday, and by Saturday my scope was ready. Amazing! I've been off wandering around with my scope ever since. I really need to stop by Photon Instrument and thank Warren for opening up a whole new world for me. I'm one happy birder!
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