Wow! I just read this entire thread for the first time this afternoon. All I can say is that I was enthralled in reading of the Goto's procurement in Japan and its journey to Beverly Hills to be basically the educational amusement of the young son of an old California dynasty. Then there was the initial 'find' some fifty years later, after the family's stately home had become a dilapidated shadow of its former self, almost like Norma Desmond's decaying mansion in Sunset Boulevard- simply amazing. And then I was a little astonished at the now reclaimed Goto's first change of hands when it left John Pons to become the property of Mr. Miller. Finally I was utterly astonished when, by a curious turn of events, the scope left California entirely and wound up sequesterd in the high Rocky Mountains!
What a whirlwind! Oh well! I have learned in life that all things have their reasons and also that things generally work out for the best, so I will just trust in that and admire the parts the principal players had in this interesting astronomical drama. I feel almost as if I had spent the last two hours watching a really good movie. I had the house to myself this afternoon, and I made myself a fresh pot of coffee, sat down on the couch with iPad in hand, and had myself a really good read. This is definitely the best thread that I have ever read here on CN. Lew, your pictures and yours and Clint's narrative really made it. My hat is off to you both, along with John Pons, Steve Miller and every one else who participated in this amazing adventure and added their own words and pictures to the story. This was just so darned interesting. Thank you all.
Edited by terraclarke, 21 May 2015 - 04:26 PM.