The VAO Telescope
The VAO Katrina
The VAO 4" f8.6
FELLOW STARGAZERS! My name is Gary Barabino Sr., also known as
“Bambina!”. My astronomical interest began back in the summer
of 1965 at age 12, and by 1970 Mel and I founded the Vega
Observatory in the Desire Housing Projects in New Orleans. We
started with a couple of small telescopes - a 60mm Refractor of
the “Vari-Power” type (15x, 30x, 45x, and 60x), followed by a
4" Selsi Newtonian reflector. We began making sketches of the
celestial objects we looked at and decided that an annual Journal
was needed because the sketches were increasing in number. The 1st
volume covering the year 1970 was finished, and we have continued
to keep them every year hence. An impressive library of the Vega
Observatory's Astronomical Journals added up from 1970 to 2004
thirty-four Volumes were finished in early 2005.Then in August of
that year my home in the Lower 9th ward was inundated by flooding
from Hurricane Katrina, and all of the journals were severely
damaged under 11 feet of water. When we knew for certain that the
storm was headed our way, we had to evacuate the city, heading
east for a few months. Once I was able to go back to my severely
damaged home, I was able to retrieve all but two of the journals.
Though they suffered great damage, I can restore them. I also lost
three scopes to the storm-80mm f/9 Refractor, 5"
f/9 apogee refractor, and 4.5" Jason Newtonian. Since the
storm I have four excellent Telescopes-12" f/5 GSO Dobsonian,
8"f/5.6' Konus reflector,6" f/8 Konus Refractor, and
4.5" Tasco Luminova (the first scope I got after the storm.
Recently, I was able to acquire the optics for a14 1/4" f/7
telescope. These are mirrors made back in the 80's custom mirrors
by Coulter Optical Company and when I am settled in a home, a new
Vega Astronomical Observatory will rise. Thanks to deals made on
eBay I have amassed quite a collection of scopes. Mel and I will
get some of the more recent ones onto the site. I am Bam
holding the 6" f/8 Konus Refractor. I will also be posting
some of the projects I've been working on as well.
see some of the projects and goings on at the Vega Astronomical
Observatory, just check out the items below...
..."Clear Skies to All !"