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#1 George Methvin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

This hobbie is really one of the cheaper hobbies you can get into, unless you are one of those folks that have to have the latest and greatest toy that comes out every 6 months then it can get very costly. I spend around $350.00 a year on new astro toys, mostly used eyepeices. I have had the same Meade 10 LX200 sct sence 1993 and see no reason to buy another scope. Try Spending money flying planes or Bass fishing as a hobbie. A truck to pull your $25,000 to $45,000 boat and all the upkeep. I love this hobbie its easy to get into and you can do it right from home and still have money left over to spend on other things. :lol:

#2 dan_h

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

Perhaps but for some of us with poorer skies, the cost per hour of observing is still significant.

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#3 George Methvin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:31 AM

Yea i agree its like having a boat but the nearest lake is 300 miles away.... Might want to try another hobbie. LOL

#4 jgraham

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

I agree. When I started back in the 60's you had few options and if you wanted a scope or camera of any size you built your own. I built my first telescope (a 4.25" f/8) using money I collected returning pop bottles (now that's dating me!). Today we have so many wonderful options and equipment that spans the full range from low to high. This certainly can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be.

Enjoy.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

The idea that one needs a 200 HP boat to fish really turns my crank.
Old tennis shoes, shorts and two legs lead you to a quiet and enjoyable day on the water. Cheap too!
I've found my astronomical outlays to be, well, astronomical...but I'm getting my second wind in the hobby after a 30+ year layoff and all the recent advances are proving too tempting to resist.

I'll get there soon enough......

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

"Old tennis shoes, shorts and two legs lead you to a quiet and enjoyable day on the water. Cheap too!"

and usually the most fun and relaxing....

#7 George Methvin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

I agree you don,t need all that fancy gear to enjoy fishing or star gazing. Some folks can't enjoy there hobbie unless they have all the latest and greatest stuff and thats ok if you have the money to spend. I love a clear sky my old scope my good chair and a warm cup of coffee and I just relax and let the night sky be my guide.

#8 George Methvin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

In fact my last big buy was this summer I spent $500.00 for Georges Autostar upgrade for my old Meade 10 LX200 sct. I can tell you it was well worth the money, I thank everyone that has the old Meade LX200 fork SCT should do this upgrade. So I have a upgraded old scope which I think has great optic and dead on goto drive and tracking a few good eyepeices now just give me a clear sky and I am one happy man.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

This hobbie is really one of the cheaper hobbies you can get into


This is true--if you are sane. Most of us are insane. :grin:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

depends on your definition of "cheap"....and "addiction"

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

Like a lot of hobbies, it can be what you want it to be. I took up tennis a couple of years ago. I started with a racket and a can of balls from Walmart. For $15 I was up and running and had a lot of fun. Then I sprained an ankle so I dropped $100 on a pair of good shoes. Then I needed lessons (and still do), so it wouldn't be as embarassing to play with my new tennis friends. Then I needed to join a racquet club so I could play inside in the winter. Then my friends convinced me to join a league so I needed a better racquet. Then I buggered up my knee and needed an MRI... then it started to get insane.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:01 AM

AlanL: +1!!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:56 AM

All you truly need are your eyes; everything else is an optional accessory.

#14 George Methvin

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:58 AM

Alan I understand what you are saying, I did the same thing only playing softball many years ago. LOL its funny what we can get into. I wonder how nice those 100dg eyepeice are..LOL

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:20 AM

Im one of those people that has to have the latest and greatest. I made a big mount purchase that was panned by my family. They asked me how much all of my equipment cost. I said half as much ad my brothers fishing boat.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

This hobbie is really one of the cheaper hobbies you can get into, unless you are one of those folks that have to have the latest and greatest toy that comes out every 6 months then it can get very costly. I spend around $350.00 a year on new astro toys, mostly used eyepeices. I have had the same Meade 10 LX200 sct sence 1993 and see no reason to buy another scope. Try Spending money flying planes or Bass fishing as a hobbie. A truck to pull your $25,000 to $45,000 boat and all the upkeep. I love this hobbie its easy to get into and you can do it right from home and still have money left over to spend on other things. :lol:


I think you are very confused. The guy with the very expensive bass boat and equipment would be equal to the guy with all the best toys for AP such as a paramount me, a top of the line scope on it, a custom observatory on a large piece of land in a dark zone, etc... Every hobby is what you make of it and only as expensive as you make it.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:45 PM

You can catch a mess of fish with a cane-pole and a can of worms. In the same vein, an inexpensive 60mm refractor on a decent alt-az mount can offer near apochromatic performance and a lifetime of viewing pleasure. And with all the money I save, I can buy a house in the country with a pond and no neighbors around to light up my sky... :lol:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:27 AM

Unless your "cane pole" is one of these hand planed beauties...

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Then it gets expensive,
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:49 AM

This hobbie is really one of the cheaper hobbies you can get into


This is true--if you are sane. Most of us are insane. :grin:


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Astronomy is a hobby that can be fully enjoyed with a modest investment. Fishing, cycling, running, bird watching, softball, hiking, there are many other hobbies that can be fully enjoyed with a minimum expenditure.

One thing about astronomy is that generally the equipment is long lived, a good telescope, a good eyepiece, a good mount, these can last a lifetime..

Some hobbies are expensive, flying, car racing, off-roading, deep sea fishing, these require expensive equipment that wears out and/or each trip can be quite expensive. A neighbor down the way has a 22 foot boat that he uses for deep sea fishing. It costs a lot of money, the boat cost $50,000. He keeps it in a slip, that costs $200+/month. A weekend of fishing might burn $500+ in fuel. Then there is the maintenance... and the gear, the bait...

We complain about the cost of eyepieces, a week end on the water costs him more than a very expensive eyepiece.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

Unless your "cane pole" is one of these hand planed beauties...

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Then it gets expensive,
Jaimo!


Very nice custom flyrod. I've made a couple fly rods and several spinning and casting rods but have yet to venture into bamboo rod building.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

Very nice custom flyrod. I've made a couple fly rods and several spinning and casting rods but have yet to venture into bamboo rod building.



Those are nice rods.. My dad used to make his own rods for surf fishing but they were just one long piece of bamboo.

If one is going simple, one does not even need a pole, just a hand line is all that is necessary. When the fishing is hot and the fish heavy, a rod is likely to just get in the way.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:47 AM

Me, I just walk down to the shore and hold out a frying pan and those fish just jump right into it.......no fish tales here...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:01 AM

Me, I just walk down to the shore and hold out a frying pan and those fish just jump right into it.......no fish tales here...


These days, I just wait for the phone call... my friend has been fishing and has some fish for me... :)

In the old days, used to fish "rock cod" with hand lines, 50-100 hooks.. trolling for albacore 14 lines but when the fishing was hot, only two... One time two of us caught 477 albacore in one day trolling somewhere a hundred miles off Monterey, CA. Not exactly sport fishing but at least as exciting.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:04 AM

That's a lot of fish to clean.......

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

Like some astronomy equipment, those poles are truly works of art and craftsmanship.






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