Hello, everyone! My name is Steven Sniff, and I decided to create a blog where I could talk about my passion for optics and about how I spend my time with my family. I’ve been trying to convince my son to get into optics, as well, but I’m still having a hard time teaching him the basics of using a microscope and a beginner’s telescope. Nonetheless, I’m not going to give up so easily because I know that a learning curve such as this one is long and tedious and can even take several years.
My son is now five years old, but he’s as sharp as a tack. He didn’t have the opportunity to use a microscope at school up until now, and that’s why I’m looking to explain to him some of the main principles, so that he could use them later on in biology classes.
Telescopes are another passion of mine, but I hardly have the money to get a super-expensive one with the help of which I can look at all the stars. I have a pretty decent one at home and plan to raise some money to upgrade at some point or the other, but for now, I have other expenses to think of.
If you’re wondering how I became passionate about optics, in general, I’ll tell you. It all started when I began taking biology in school. I was never a big fan of learning subjects, but all I can say is that I found myself fascinated by the immense variety of things that were invisible to the naked eye. I had no idea how a cell looked like or whether a tissue was composed of hundreds and even millions of cell structures. Also, I didn’t know that basic microscopes were being used on a regular basis in areas such as jewelry making and in pawn shops, as well. My father had used to be a coin collector, and he did utilize some kind of microscope now and then, but I had had little to no interest in the field.
All of this changed when I began interested in biology and how microscopes worked. Back then, we didn’t have access to the internet in every home, so I had to wait until I was about 16 to get a connection at our house. Before that, I went to the library, and that’s where I did most of my research. I find all the parts in microscopes and telescopes fascinating, and I’ve taken some apart because of my curiosity. I don’t know how I do it, but I’m always left with several extra parts.
I hope you enjoy my blog as best as possible. I’ll tell you more about my hobbies and my families in future posts.