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#1 DavidOpticsmart

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:44 PM

John Dobson passed away today. I first posted this in the Reflectors forum for obvious reasons, but then realized that Outreach was probably the more appropriate place.

#2 Dave Ittner

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:50 PM

RIP
Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to meet this man.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

RIP John Dobson.
In his memory, i'll be setting up my Z10 tonight. :dob:

#4 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:56 PM

I don't even have the words. RIP

#5 DavidOpticsmart

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:08 PM

In his memory, i'll be setting up my Z10 tonight. :dob:


That's actually a fantastic idea. Imagine if every Dob on the planet was set up tonight in honor and appreciation of the Dob-father. :bow:

#6 george golitzin

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:19 PM

Yes I'll do the same. I was privileged to spend some time with him a few years ago--a remarkable, truly free-thinking individual, and a gentle human being.

-George

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:20 PM

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:22 PM

Very sad news and a great loss for the amateur community

#9 Mr Greybush

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:25 PM

Rest in space John

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:36 PM

RIP Among the stars John Dobson.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:44 PM

I assume he had something to do with the dobsonian telescope.


Yes, a little something. ;) He was so well known for promoting simple inexpensive alt-az mounts for reflectors, that the astronomy community (and industry) began using his name and calling reflectors with that type of mount "Dobsonians": http://en.wikipedia...._Dobsonian_t...

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

Wow, the astronomy world just lost one of its greatest.....

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:12 PM

RIP to a great man.

I also find it a little sad that there isn't a single hit on Google News search yet - I first found out through a RASC mailing list.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

I remember meeting him at the Connecticut Star Party several years ago. He did a talk on the cosmos. He definately changed amateur astronomy. May he rest in peace.
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:24 PM

I had the good fortune to hear him speak many times at Stellafane. His wit and enthusiasm will be missed. Rest in peace.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:42 PM

I don't own a dob, but I'll go out tonight and stand under the stars for a while.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:48 PM

It,s a great loss. He did so much for astronomy.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:54 PM

I heard him speak a number of times and engaged in a few conversations with John over the years. He was certainly a colorful personality.

http://dvaa.org/Stellafane1999.html

I've owned a total of eight Dobs since the 1990s but the weather won't allow me to take one out tonight in memory of Mr. Dobson.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:09 PM

Wow, 98 years is an amazing run. Everyone dies, but few of us leave much of a legacy. It's unlikely that more than a couple hundred people will remember I ever lived, when I am gone. My $649 Z-12 is sitting in my family room as a direct result of his work. From innovation, to mass produced affordable quality. Thanks, John, from a guy who never met you!
Regards, Kyle

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:15 PM

Yes, RIP. A true visionary who changed our hobby for the better. And in the process, exposed hundreds or thousands to it.

And I believe the Outreach forum is the most appropriate place for this obituary. Outreach was what John Dobson was all about

#21 Tamiji Homma

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

I have a few photos that I took at 2012 Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show.
That was the last opportunity seeing him and had a chance to talk to him after the Q&A session.

You can view photos from here and click next for more photos:
http://www.pbase.com...image/146239592

RIP, John.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:36 PM

As a very young man/boy, I met him at TSP. He stopped, I think because of my age, and we had a very brief conversation about astronomy and the joy of being at a place like TSP. He then asked about my scope. I uncovered my C8 with great pride and he scoffed and said I should build my own. I suppose he might be happy to know I have one of his namesakes in my garage now but I still haven't built my own scope. As I told him, the universe doesn't need the scope my hands would build.

It's always sad to lose anyone, but 98 years and the legacy he leaves is about as good as you can do. I'd feel fortunate to do either.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:16 PM

Was just reading about him recently, love his Sidewalk Astronomy model. Major respects to this man.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

Those of you who are unfamiliar with John Dobson, yes there are articles online about him, but if you can go to a library and look at some old Astronomy and S&T magazines in the late 1970s through the early 1980s you'll see how he _completely_ changed the landscape of amateur astronomy. And did it almost accidentally, and in a completely unselfish way. Amazing person.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:52 PM

What an incredible journey this man has had.....

and he took us along for the ride....

Think I'll go outside now and look at the sky.

jake






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