I fell in love with star-gazing when I was ten years old and one summer while on vacation in remote section of New Mexico. My mother had brought along some cheap binoculars and a copy of H.A. Rey's "The Stars."

For the next thirty years I've enjoyed scanning the heavens with naked eye and with binoculars. I’m love to stare at the Milky Way or study ridges, lava seas, and craters on the moon.

A couple of years ago, the kids and I bought a used I have an 8-inch Meade LX200 classic telescope to slew the heavens, study the planets, and and look for deeper space objects. Click on the image below to see it up close or visit my setup page for a gear list.

I have to admit there's been a lot of sleepless nights with not that many photos to show for it, but astronomy continues to be one of the most fascinating hobbies I’ve come across.

Consolmagno said every physical scientist starts with three inherently "religious assumptions": (1) the universe exists and is not a figment of the imagination (2) the universe is dictated by discoverable rules; and (3) discovering those rules is something that's worth doing.

That third tenant is tied to intuition. When a scientist, even without data, pursues a hypothesis based on intuition, he blends faith and science.