During the Great Recession
Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:28 PM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:13 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:51 AM
Didn't Bernhardt Schmidt make lenses from the bottoms of beer glasses as a "hobby", wonderful man.
Nourished only by brandy and cigars.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:01 PM
I'm going to put something on here that may seem hokey, but this refers to our early telescope makers, some of whom are mentioned here: Here goes:
"Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time.
Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing shall take heart again.
Then let us be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate!
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:20 PM
And he did it all single handed.
That thought didn't occur to me until you mentioned it
Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:21 AM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:06 AM
But, in the world of astronomy, I'm finally starting to build my new observatory (I'll be moving out of my converted chicken coop!!) and because I have a small sawmill and wood available on our farm, I'm able to build it for the cost of some concrete and roofing. A few days cutting a couple of trees and sawing all the lumber (which happened a year ago, so the boards are dry and ready to use) and a few more days building the structure, is in the end, the same as working somewhere else for a week and building it myself, or working a few of weeks and paying someone else to build it. Do I sometimes wish I'd finished college instead of dropping out to work on a framing crew and go hiking? Every day. My back, and my bank account, would both be in much better shape. Would I have mag 5 skies over my roof? Nope. Everything is a tradeoff.
Thanks, Ed, for getting some of us to think about the issue.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:15 AM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:11 PM
-If you know what you're doing a fine optical instrument has never been so affordable!!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:33 PM
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:26 AM
Cloudy skies lead to debt.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:00 AM
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:10 AM
I pinch pennys, roll em too, lol, do with out, and make do.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:58 AM
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:04 PM
Call it a big refractor on a budget; during 'hard' times!
Lots of fun to tinker with. Only have one side of the objective (cx) smoothed to 1/4 wave or less error, so quite a bit more work to go. The concave side is dummy-shined, but not smoothed yet.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:41 AM