I just read your post on hiring ex-Meade engineers for one mount, and my suspension of disbelief completely left me. It's not about being right; I'd settle for plausible at this point.
So, others of us do other things for hobbies. About as intrusive as that gets is as a one-time aside or maybe an avatar photo. Mentions of scuba, trains, spelunking, collecting, and nature photography, or aircraft photography don't get mentioned very often unless it is coincidently relevant to a discussion here, though just bout everyone here has second or third hobbies like those. But your every post follows a pattern of fairly obvious overstatement, time shifting events to make it sound like they are all going on, now, future events have happened, including ones with very specific technical outputs you've said you were going to post. The nicest thing I can think to say about such behavior is it's disingenuous.
As for work references, I mean, really? People on CN literally do everything. Software? Quite a few. Firemen? Yep. Truck drivers? Believe it or not. Engineering? Quite a few. Business owners? yes. Accountants? Yes. Aerospace? A large number. And there are more in a slew more fields. And they all have one thing in common: they're here to talk astronomy. And there are a lot of people here with a lot of competence in that area, compared to anyone. Assuming it's only based on their day job isn't just a mistake, the way it's being posted is an insult, and as often as I have seen it repeated, I have begun to wonder if that isn't the intent.
Your challenge reminds me of an incident years ago when I was in college and worked part time in a Wal-Mart electronics department (which paid just enough to cover expenses in exchange for every minute of my day being accounted for in an unending cycle of class, work, and homework with a couple meals and sleep thrown in). So yes, I worked at Wal-Mart once upon a time. I'm expect you and Alph will have something dismissive to say on that score. The store was right next to a Sam's Club. One day an elderly man came over from there and said, "I want to see you beat a deal at Sam's Club (no idea what he was thinking. Perhaps he was unaware the two sites are part of the same company). I saw a THREE-HUNDRED line 19" TV for $180, and I want to see you beat that price!"
I blinked. "We don't have that- we have TVs with NTSC" (I was going to say 525 line resolution but was cut off by).
No- I don't want something else- I want to see something with THREE HUNDRED LINES OF RESOLUTION at a better price!"
And the department manager touched my shoulder before I said anything else and said, "We just can't beat that. You've already found a deal. I might even head there after work to jump on it."
When he had left with a self satisfied expression on his face, my manager said to me, "You can give people like that all the information to show them what the best deal is, but the truth is, you can't tell them anything, they'll never get it, and they can't tell the difference in the result, anyway."
Too bad you heard about DOORS from another poster so now that you've looked up what it is you're all busy entering requirements when you aren't buzzing around on southwest, flying your own plane, or climbing up sheer rock faces between sailboat races. I'm surprised something so mundane as astronomy can even get on the schedule!
Your recovery plan for the mount is interesting. I'm sure the Meade folks faced with losing their jobs will sleep a little better knowing There's someone out there who'll give them a job to keep a single LX 850 running. Wait- oh snap!- those things are perfect! He'll never call about a job!
Oh well, back to the grandiose challenge to get set up for video astronomy with exactly the same functions as an LX 850, apparently to be conducted while 300 hot air balloons float by. Luckily, there's an out for someone plopping down a Mach 1 GTO and using the RAPAS finder to be polar aligned immediately, thus winning the challenge: the Mach 1 costs too much! Whoa- you outsmarted me there again! The RAPAS finder is useless if balloons block the view of the North Star!
You've got it all covered!
No matter what I say, I will never be right.
So I will keep it real easy...real easy...
* I merely suggested options for fixing the LX850. There are many, which might surprise some! Maybe the issue is there are options outside of DSP? I bet though my LX850 will work for 20+ years like my LX200. Who knows? I might tinker with the thing. I might do a frankenscope like Andrew down under in a few years.
* We have several contracts coming on board between December and February. In some of the embedded work I support their are shortages. We will be hiring.
* Astronomy is not mundane. Is it for you?
* Yes, we work with requirements. I figured the cat was out of the bag last time, and folks knew of DOORS, so why not say something. FYI, my team and I work with DO178B levels A-D in aviation. Requirements are all consuming on any project and DOORS is ubiquitous. We are also developing tools to assist smaller organizations which cannot afford or want to deal with DOORS. Though ALL of my large customers work with DOORS. Yes, I we work with the FAA and DERs.
* Sold my own plane - no time to fly it and stay safely proficient in my book. I love flying, but tough to get time to do it. Plus dealing with weather out west is not pleasant. Icing out in the midwest is not pleasant.
* Southwest Airlines - I love them.
* I don't do sheer face climbs. Too chicken. I love hiking and climbing around the Sandias, the Rockies, Sierras and of course the Pacific Northwest. I hope to do some fun climbing in the Three Sisters Wilderness. BTW, you don't have to be rich to camp. It is simple, cheap and peaceful.
* Balloon Fiesta is a blast dude!
* You may have missed my challenge notice. No video astronomy...I will dig up the challenge info again.
Well enough defending myself.
This is clearly a HIGHLY emotional board.
And I thought the debate of Republican/Democrat, Apple/Microsoft, iOS/Android, Fox/MSNBC, Michigan vs Ohio State (GO BLUE!) was hot. This has to be the most emotionally intense board I have ever witnessed.
Yet, I have met many astronomers around the country. We talk and talk and talk. The connection is instant and friendly. Like a great brotherhood/sisterhood. The minute two folks realize they are in the hobby, it is like being instant friends.
I refuse to believe the mean spirit of this board is indicative of our hobby. If it is, we my friends are toast.
Astronomy is soothing, and spiritually uplifting. I work long nights sometimes. It is wonderful to just step out and look at the heavens.
I am done with the negative mood and spirit, and will dispel it with a happy thought and image.
Attached is an image taken at the top of the Sandia Mountains (10,679') during last May's Annular Solar Eclipse. The picture is of me (the Venturing leader) with one of my students looking through telescopes with solar filters as the event unfolded. It was a wonderful experience for all. It brought tears to my eyes, and a big whoop once the Sun had set (my kids thought the old man was crazy!).
We are looking through a Meade 10" LX200 and the ETX125.
Thank-you very much Meade.
Whether you still exist or disappear, I will always cherish all the great experiences I have had with your instruments.