Prettiest scope ever?
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:24 PM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:35 PM
Look thru your telescope.....Not at them!!!
This one may not be the prettiest to look at but is sure is pretty to look through.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:48 PM
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:24 PM
I like the spare minimalistic beauty of the TV NP-101. The aesthetics have a sort of Scandanavian-like sensibility that harmonizes user-friendly utility with beautiful, yet uncluttered lines and design.
The Ikea scopes!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:28 AM
I'm partial to woodwork:
Here's a couple of scopes that are favorites of mine:
Father Joe's 4 inch F/5
Father Joe's 10 inch Dob
Father Joe is a catholic priest who teaches at a school in Kenya. His astronomy budget is $10/month... His scopes are the most creative use materials I have seen in a long time..
Those scopes remind me just how spoiled I am..
Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:23 AM
The FSQ-106 also -- looks like fine jewelery or something.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:17 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:57 PM
And, I also like the understated elegance of a fine refractor like an AP, TMB, TEC or Tak. No specific model, though.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:33 AM
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:28 AM
Jon, thanks for the links to Father Joe's telescopes. Fine examples of wabi-sabi. You have the gift of being multi-aesthetic.
I'm no expert, but I feel like this concept is often misunderstood in the West. Wabi sabi is nuanced, and, as was once noted about obscenity, is easier to recognize than to explain. Moreover, one should not be too rigid regarding language, recognizing that it lives and evolves.
But I think the term doesn't apply readily here. Although rusticity, function, and often hand-manufacture are at the core of wabi sabi, it is crucial that the rusticity be organic. Also, scientific instruments like telescopes are, by their nature, displays of "left brain" striving and doing, rather than the stillness and serenity of simply being. A combination of organic physicality and, shall we say, atemporal consciousness, is requisite for the term to apply.
This is not to detract an iota from the philosophical and technical respect these scopes deserve. But intentionality/consciousness aside, the term wabi sabi is somewhat specific, and sawn plywood and shiny threaded bolts are its diametric opposite. Anything shiny, like a mirror or glass, is also out, IMO.
The Harry Potter and LOTR aesthetics, which at first glance might seem chock full of wabi sabi with their gnarled wooden staffs and wands, are a bit more complicated. In my mind, it comes down to intentionality. Our brain waves differ when applying intentionality, as opposed to simply being. So I think the Hobbit house, a place of dwelling, is drenched in WS, as are chairs, tables, etc. But a looking glass, or Gandalf's staff (shiny crystal) are not. Even a plain wooden magic wand is disqualified due to its association with temporal power.
Wait, but isn't a tea ceremony doing, rather than being? No, the reason they practice it so much is to achieve a state where one is physically doing, but without temporal intentionality.
I know this has nothing to do with astronomy, but it is a thread on aesthetics. Besides, I can't sleep.
This concludes my insomniac rant.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:40 AM
Purple and Pink should be reserved for the females...just not right for a MAN's scope.....PERIOD!!
I think your monitor calibration is a bit off. I see a weird shade of orange and a darker shade of pastel blue (unless we are not referring to the same scope)
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:43 AM
...for furniture, but for telescopes I like 'em tubed...
Though not all tubes are so lovely...
Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:23 PM
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