I fought the law (of gravity), and the law won
I was a little loopier than normal last week.
I thought all might get a kick out of this story.
I'm now finally in a position to laugh a little about it.
I went to Northmoor Observatory on Oct. 6 to get some photos of the large historic telescope being taken apart so a new dome can be put on the observatory.
The first thing taken off was the assembly that locks the telescope in place for the clock drive.
Then the scope was placed at a steep angle so the objective lens cover could be taken off. I was in a good position for a photo, but a bad position when the scope decided to start swingly wildly.
I was looking down at the camera and did not see it coming.
The inside of the large finder scope, which has bolts sticking out got me on the inside of my right arm.
The full weight of the scope got the outside of my arm.
It picked me up and threw me about 4 feet.
I landed on my right shoulder and the back of my head.
I don't remember much of the day after that. I spent six hours in the ER of Proctor Hospital.
I think I received a slight concussion, some cuts on the inside of my arm, a big lump on the outside of my arm and a very sore right side from head to toe. But, the Vicodin and muscle relaxers help.
My doctor says there are no broken bones, but the arm needs to stay in a sling.
An MRI is in my future to decide if there are rotator cuff issues to be death with.
Luckily I'm a lefty.
The moral of this story is: When dealing with a large telescope be safe and make sure the only stars you see are in the eyepiece.