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#1 City Kid

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

When my stepdad died back in October I inherited his telescope equipment, books, etc. Along with that stuff were his observing notes. My grandson and I have decided that we are going to go through my stepdad's notes and using his (my stepdad's) equipment we are going observe all of the objects he observed. We will compare our own observations to his. It will be fun (and sad) to read everything he wrote and making the comparisons. It will almost be like having him with us as we observe. My stepdad's scope is a TMB 80mm refractor and he had it on an iOptron Cube. Most of his observations were of double stars from light polluted skies. This will be one of the projects I work on when I can't make it to a dark site. It's nice to have something to work on in my backyard. Now I just need to find a way to work it into the other 500 things going on in my life. :lol:

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:44 PM

What a nice tribute that will be to your stepdad! Doing this with your grandson will also keep your stepdad's memory alive for him.

Good luck, and keep us posted as you follow this quest!

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

What a nice idea, sorry to hear about your loss. Keep us up on how it goes.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:48 AM

That's a really cool idea. No better way to honor him. Clear skies!

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:14 AM

That is a very interesting project. I would be curious if you would share some of his notes you find interesting with the group.

About three months ago I bought a hard bound sketchbook to keep my notes in and have wrote in it quite a bit with what I saw. I have been able to put into words or at least try what I see or comments my 6 year old daughter makes about an object. While splitting Castor " Dad that looks like headlights coming from far away". Now I wonder will my kids read through observing notes.

Good luck and clear skies

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:08 PM

Very awesome idea. And what a great keepsake to have.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:38 PM

That is fantastic! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

Regards,

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

When my stepdad died back in October I inherited his telescope equipment, books, etc. Along with that stuff were his observing notes. My grandson and I have decided that we are going to go through my stepdad's notes and using his (my stepdad's) equipment we are going observe all of the objects he observed. We will compare our own observations to his. It will be fun (and sad) to read everything he wrote and making the comparisons. It will almost be like having him with us as we observe. My stepdad's scope is a TMB 80mm refractor and he had it on an iOptron Cube. Most of his observations were of double stars from light polluted skies. This will be one of the projects I work on when I can't make it to a dark site. It's nice to have something to work on in my backyard. Now I just need to find a way to work it into the other 500 things going on in my life. :lol:


What a great way to honor his memory.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:14 AM

Great Stuff! You have an opportunity to keep his legacy alive. Post pictures of the equipment for us. Gary

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:50 AM

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my stepdad with his scope. This picture was taken of him on Father's Day 2009 when he came to our house to show us his new scope.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

This is me with his new scope.

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#12 Kraus

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:30 AM

He looks a tad like Walter Matthau. And a right nice project as well.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

What a nice way to spend time with your grandson. You are fortunate that you have family that shares your passion for amateur astronomy. Keep us posted on the happens as you go down this adventure.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

A wonderful tribute to your stepfather ! Please keep us informed on your journey.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

This is what life is all about--living it, and enjoying the memories.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

What a great way to pay tribute, and to share the hobby posthumously. Very nice.

#17 northernontario

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

What an absolutely beautiful way to honour and remember.

Memories passed on, are forever.




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#18 Mike E.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:02 AM

This is what life is all about--living it, and enjoying the memories.


+1

A great tribute and remembrance.

#19 Mike B

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:07 AM

He looks a tad like Walter Matthau.


I was just thinkin' that! :grin:

Yes, a wonderful activity, by any standard... enriched with the memories- and even using the same equipment. You are truly fortunate- all THREE of you! :waytogo:

A delightful and yet sobering thot, too- that any of our observing "notes" might be used by our loved ones after we're gone! Maybe i'll put a li'l more effort into my own- at least to make sure they're (more) legible & complete; who knows... they might not be just for *me*. :bigshock:






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