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#1 newtoskies



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

Just curious what many do as far as other hobbies. Seems amny of us have had no viewing due to bad weather or just cloudy nights, every night.
I know there is a hobby forum here waaay at the bottom and mention of a couple of other hobbies. I have been using the down time to catch up on my website and a forum I have. Also looking at charts and reading.

So what are your hobbies ??

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

I've got quite a few -- in no particular order:
  • aviation
  • photography
  • electronics
  • woodworking
  • model railroading
  • radio control (aircraft & cars)
  • model rocketry
  • sailing
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#3 Bob Griffiths

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

I play with driving, restoring and tinkering with older Corvettes and I spend a lot of time making sawdust in my wood shop ..

I spend more time in the wood shop then I do with either the cars or astronomy...I can enjoy the shop day or night rain or shine..

The cars do not see rain (but I can tinker or just mess with them inside) And I don't drive them in winter that is when I wrench on them...

Astronomy ... we all know ... is affected by the weather...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

Well, to be truthful, telescopes don't take up all my time...part of it is devoted to eyepieces too..... :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

Woodworking, well that's something I haven't done the past few years. The garage was taken over by old car parts, cherry picker and GTO motor.
haven't done photo stuff since the days of 35mm film.

I do mainly scale modeling. I have a website and forum dedicated to this. I also do article for mags and books on occasion.
I love History so lots of time reading and watching docu's on TV.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

Books. I am also chairman of my old school museum committee.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

My hobbies are:

3D animation & art
Painting Landscapes

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

My other hobbies are:

computers, electronics, photography, reading, camping and hiking.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

For me:

Bird watching (uses some optics)
Scale models (mostly sailing ships)
Stamp collecting (a classic nerd hobby!)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

Collecting sports cards
Building computers
Reading books on subjects like history/ Buddhism/ astronomy
I also enjoy playing video games to pass the time

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

Oh yeah, and cloud watching!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

I'm finding that outside of astronomy, by the time I've gotten off work, drove home, made dinner, fed the dog/cat, gotten coffee/lunch ready for tomorrow, gone thru mail,cleaned up, took a bath, and played with the dog/cat, and checked cloudy nights, that I don't have any spare time left for other hobbies..... :crazyeyes:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

I love to paint and draw (working on a self portrait now to post). Play my guitar (mostly original jazz/blues now). Occasionaly shoot my long bow and recurve bow. Pistols. Fishing. Taking care of my animals. In the warmer months I garden and farm work on my tractor. I've got two foster children in diapers (three if you count the one we put Pull-Ups on at night)so that's become sort of a stinky hobby.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

I have a few current projects Im either working on or learning about as I prepare to work on them, but right now my schooling does take up a lot of my time:

-Im currently building a wooden "Galileos Bicycle" based on plans from Clayton Boyer.

- Once I save up for a better saw and some other stuff for the garage, Im also going to make a brass orrery.(Something Ive always wanted to do, even if it takes me a year)

-I work on my car quite a bit even though its far from high performance and just a daily driver. I like having the knowledge and ability to spend an afternoon tinkering, knowing I can put it back together properly and perhaps improved.

-I also am getting into shooting a little. Im about to buy my first hand gun so my g/f and I can go to some local ranges from time to time.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

Hi Rob, I spend a fair amount of time at home with my wife and (transitioning to adult) children.

Reading (history, historical fiction, mathematics, Bible & associated theological works)
Music (guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin)
Running (not exactly a hobby but it takes up a bit of time)

Sometimes I get into baking (more of a chore but I like the results)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

Three year old son
Home built Lotus seven
Cycling ( Raced for years)
Track days when I have time, for the car or sportbike.
Mineralogy and geology
Music and Audio
Fabrication in general be it wood or metal.

#17 John Kuraoka

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

Back when I was single, the economy was roaring, and my mortgage was $635/mo, I enjoyed backpacking, camping, caving, climbing, archery, astronomy (with an Astroscan!), 35mm photography (even moderated a forum on CompuServe - remember CompuServe?), collecting vintage glassware, and collecting old Hampden pocket watches.

Now, much has changed, the biggest factor being two great kids for whom I am now the primary caregiver.

The 35mm gear was all sold off, except my Dad's Nikon F, which I will never part with. The climbing stuff was given away (before it went, for laughs I tried to squeeze into my old harness - close, but no go). The Astroscan and eyepieces were sold; I kept the star charts and books though. The caving stuff sits in a box marked "caving." My competition recurve bow, stabilizers, sight, and a nice double brace of arrows were lost track of when I consigned them at an archery shop. The watches sit in their box, quiet and still. The glassware was mostly given away or sold.

On the plus side, the backpacking stuff is slowly returning to active duty as the older one goes on more Scout trips. I even got myself a new stove and tent, and am thinking about a new backpack.

Also, the oldest one has expressed an interest in archery. So that hobby may come back to me yet.

And we've never stopped camping, even when the kids were babies. Our youngest learned to walk while camping in the Sierras, and for the longest time after that was unsteady on even surfaces.

We have a dog, which isn't so much a hobby as another family member.

I've returned to casual astronomy.

I've been fighting the urge to run some film behind the good ol' Nikon F again.

We've done a fair amount of family travel beyond backpacking and camping. We did a six-week home exchange in Germany when the kids were little, and are planning a winter break trip to Japan with grandmothers on both sides. Last summer, we did Washington DC.

For myself, up until a couple months ago I was a pretty frequent casual runner, 20-25 miles a week or so. Plantar fasciitis put running on a temporary hold, but every day I don't run is bringing me one day closer to the day I do.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

Oh yeah, and I'm learning to play the guitar.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

Perhaps abit above the norm, Dwarf Octopus in my Nano Salt Water Tank. Steady diet of Hermits, rare view as nocturnal, but latched onto a feed kept him in view with lights on. Viewed him today use red light before dawn his active time.


Daytime fun who can resist flying RC Jet Stryker


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

... 35mm photography (even moderated a forum on CompuServe - remember CompuServe?)

I surely do! I was a member for a while, but it was expensive for a full-time student. I joined BIX (remember BIX???) and ended up being a moderator of the aquarium hobby board.

BTW, I'm still an aquarist, but currently no tanks in action, so I didn't list it above.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Hobbies... So many hobbies...

Woodworking (wooden toys and modest furniture)
Small engine repair
RC Aircraft
Campstove collecting
Teaching my kids all I can about the real world.

Filling the time is never the problem....


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Co-founder/moderator of a boating website.
Fish offshore up to 50 miles
Lake, river & delta fishing
Specializing in light tackle

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:44 PM


Running (distances up to Marathon, usually pick one a year).
Triathlons (not too good at this hobby).
Biking (love biking).
Computers-Networking (spend a lot of time on this).


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

When I'm not watching the skies by night, and not doing public outreach stuff, I'm involved with black powder rifles, recreating the mountain man way of life of the 1830's to 1850's and involved in a muzzleloading club. I'm also involved in scouting, introducing older scouts to muzzleloading and the way of life that the mountain man had.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

A lot of interesting replies....good thread!

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terrestrial photography

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