There’s more to seeing a star in a telescope than you would think. Walking past the Rossall Observatory earlier this week brought it all back.
There’s the problem of knowing where to point the telescope, and when you have got it in your sights, as it were, to keep it there, because those heavenly bodies move. Slowly, but steadily.
Well, you have to set up your telescope on an axis that points at the north star, so when you move it around, it’s moving in exactly the same way the stars are. Having it attached to a motor that rotates it once in 24 hours is neat, if you can afford it.
But where is that star? Well, you can look up its address! Simple. You need to know exactly what time it is (year, month, days, hour, minute, second), convert it to sidereal (star) time, and you’ve got one setting to simply rotate the telescope to. Then adjust the height to what the coordinates say, and there it will be! (Unless it’s moved since the address was recorded!)
Some people think finding God is just as technical, requiring specialised equipment, secret insight and a clear night!
Actually, to see a star you simply need to look up. You already have the equipment built in. No need to avoid it by making it very complicated. Lacing it with obstacles.
Behold, Jesus, the Son of God.
Seeing you will see. Believing you will know.