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#1 TMK  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:48 PM

The title is somewhat in jest of course. After about two years of inactivity I suddenly developed an interest in observing again and the rekindling of interest came with a long string of clear, moonless and low humidity nights that further spiked the interest.

So I then went out and bought some stuff to further enjoy the hobby and have suffered from nothing but overcast skies since. The latest cruel thing is the crystal clear all day only for a wall of clouds to roll in at darkness and destroy the whole night ordeal. This particular cruel event has occurred for three nights straight.

Tell me again why I got back into this, seems as frustrating as golf when you think about it.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:00 PM

I feel you. I've grown a little more tolerant of the weather patterns here in New England, though I can't just yet get over my disdain for a bright moon ruining a perfectly good sky.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:04 PM

Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."


Bah! I know, it's just so frustrating to sit out long periods with cruddy skies.

I fell back into it hard for those seven nights and haven't had another one in over two weeks. I'm sure it will clear right around the full moon.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:34 PM

Sigh...
Yeah I feel your pain... the weather here has been so... borderline, almost clear... hazy, windy, murky.... I can see the stars, but they look awful through the scope. The one good night I had a just used binoculars because I was so tired after being sick last week.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:40 PM

If one's only contact with astronomy is through eyepiece time, then yeah, the weather can be a source of vexation. But the *hobby* of astronomy is not limited to a clear sky.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:47 PM

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:13 PM

Well! My old Hobby was going over 200 MPH on a Motorcycles , How stupid was that? :looney:

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:23 PM

You're still here, so not stupid!!! (FWIW I ride superbikes too!)

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:17 PM

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:30 PM

There sure seems to be a lot of us that ride/race bikes and enjoy astronomy. To an outsider I'd bet they'd never put a person in both hobbies. That other thread 'show your motorcycle' revealed a lot. One of my motorcycle hobbies is racing bikes on frozen lakes in the Winter. A thing it shares with astronomy is dependence on weather. A big difference is that a single bad weather day can affect a whole lot of track days and sometimes can trash a whole season. Fortunately, there is no correlation of bad days betweeen the two. Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:41 PM

Tell me again why I got back into this,


So that you can do some solar observing.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:42 PM

Luckily my other hobby is meteorology.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:54 PM

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.

Hmmmmm :thinking: I guess we could put a Dovetail mount on the front fairing , :lol:

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:01 PM

DYNOed at 178 Rear wheel HP NOT using Muzzy NOS 35 HP Kicker , I also had a 2000 Hayabusa that came in at 165 Rear wheel HP , No Nos , that's where I got my name Megabusa ( Hayabusa ) Hayabusa in Japanese means Falcoln , So I guess Megabusa means Super Falcoln :lol: OK I know back to ( Why this is a stupid hobby ) :brick:

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:33 AM

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

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50 what?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:44 AM

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.


Pinbout has

http://i1260.photobu...scopeonbike.jpg

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:54 AM

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.


Pinbout has

http://i1260.photobu...scopeonbike.jpg

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NO! that does not count , He has to use it while riding the bike :roflmao:

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:00 AM

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

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50 what?

50 PPM , That's( Pedals Per Minutes ) :lol:

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:20 AM


Because you're not a quitter.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:51 AM

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.


:ubetcha:

But I must admit to being an opportunist in my choice of hobbies. Living in San Diego, I naturally gravitated towards activities well suited for this fine city.. Skiing, ice fishing, watching professional football and baseball, the opportunities are limited. Surfing, hiking, birdwatching, cycling 365 days a year, these are more doable.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:00 AM

Rain here! Cloudy almost everyday and many times when the night is clear but the Moon cause the good night for deep sky objects. I have other hobby is fishing, fossils, metal detecting and hiking to keep myself busy

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:05 AM

Tell me again why I got back into this, seems as frustrating as golf when you think about it.


Every night there is cloudy weather is another reason to work on building or upgrading your gear. I used a string of rainy weather as an opportunity to build my planetary camera.

During the winter when the weather is bad I already have a list of projects: goto Starfinder EQ; SLR astrophotography mount; 10" astrograph; tuning a Meade LXD500B; flocking all OTAs; focuser upgrades; motorized collimation screws; building two piers; Arduino-controlled dew eliminator; custom telescope cases; et cetera.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:14 AM

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.

Hmmmmm :thinking: I guess we could put a Dovetail mount on the front fairing , :lol:


Transformascope?? Hey, if they can do it with a Camero....

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:42 AM

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete


50 what?

50 PPM , That's( Pedals Per Minutes ) :lol:


My brother, we travel at the same speed. The view is so much better!






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