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16 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5- THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 CAPE LIFE cat Gazette Astronomy Continued from page 15 the constellations and I had to begin to really understand things about our solar system. I became aware of many objects that I could see - other than the plan- ets," he said. Brengle said that's when he jet- tisoned his first telescope and purchased a 10-inch Dobsonian telescope. (Attend a Sussex As- tronomy Society gathering to learn about Dobsonian and other types of telescopes.) Brengle said those attending astronomy society gatherings learn not only where to look for interesting objects, but also how to avoid mistakes - like buying a telescope that's better for bird watching than Betelgeuse view- ing. Although everything about as- tronomy isn't easily understood, its scope is vast, something many enjoy. Brengle said those who might be intimidated by astronomy's Portrait Continued from page 15 that fought under Washington and got copies of letters that the soldiers had written home to their wives and parents. And when I heard some of them read and saw some of them in the case, it made my blood run cold. So before I got home I was al- ready thinking and I wrote 'Val- ley Forge.'" Fred begins to recite the poem, going from doting grandfather to the voice of God, his voice strengthening and getting louder as he recites the lines, "Thru the years, the cruel winds echo, Down the monumental gorge - Midst Chester County's treas- ure, At historic 'Valley Forge"' He has read the poem in church, usually for Fourth of July celebrations. Other poems in- clude "Old Glor American Shield," which was read in Con- gress by Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania. "I have boxes and boxes of po- ems I have written since I was a kid and I'm just trying to get the best ones out. Now when my wife reads them to me, cause I can't read, my blood runs cold thinking I could ever write some of them," he said. The couple met in Wildwood, N.J., at a Masonic convention through a mutual friend. After the convention, they went their separate ways for a couple months before reconnecting at a picnic. There they exchanged numbers and later went on their first date. Fred took a job in Canada and the couple was once again separated. But when Fred came back to the United States, they reconnected and got back together and have been that way for almost 50 years. mathematics shouldn't worry - it's not essential to still lear things. "It's informative and it's fun to open people's minds to the fact that we have celestial neighbors," Brengle said. He said the Sussex Astronomy Society isn't - and he doesn't want it to become - stuffy and in- accessible. So, the society has at- tendees, not members, and it holds gatherings - sometimes parties - but not meetings, Bren- gie said. He said about 15 people attend- ed the society's July 26 star party at Broadkill Beach. Star parties are gatherings of amateur astronomers to view the nighttime sky. They're typically held away from light-polluted ar- eas - locations with numerous sources Of outdoor lighting, which interfere with observa- tions. Brengle said Jupiter and its Great Red Spot were among the recent party's target objects. 'iewing was pretty good. I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10," he said. Brengle's van is his sky lab on wheels. In it he transports tele- scopes, the Dobsonian and its base; a 4-inch Newtonian reflec- tor; an 80mm Meade refractor; eyepieces; tripods; star charts; galactic images; and a variety of astronomy books and literature. He shares the equipment and materials with astronomy socie- ty attendees who might still be investigating what it's all about. For Brengle, astronomy's all about the big picture - the really big picture of the universe un- folding fight before our eyes. "Everything that we look at in the heavens we look at in the past," he said. The Sussex Astronomy Soci- ety meets at 6".30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month, at the Milton Public Library. The next meeting is Aug. 7. For more information, contact Brengle at 302-265-6535 or email bfianngc07@verizon.net. For more Infonnallon nlease call 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com I/0 i Home WSFS HOME 'i EQUITY LOAN improvements. Bill consolidation. Fulfilling a sweet dream. A WSFS Home Equity Loan could make it all possible. We offer a low fixed rate with easy monthly installments to repay the loan. To experience the difference between "lip service" and real service, apply today at any of our 29 banking offices, call 1-888-WSFSBANK or visit www.wsfsbank.com. 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