Star Gazer

The first telescope the family had made was for a man named Galileo. He would go down in history as an ungrateful bastard, taking all the credit for the rickety set of lenses cast in aluminum which my ancestor tailored to his madness. Anyone who had the slightest inkling about the Star Gazers recognized Galileo’s toy as one of our classic models- a playful prototype. People gossiped just as much back then. Some said we came from Babylon. Others traced us back to a small Tibetan tribe. A few were convinced we were Armenian scam artists. They addressed us as Guarda Stelle, Olhe Estrelas and Sterndeuter. We answered to all those names, but very much preferred the English variation: Star Gazer.