Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
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My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
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Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
Quote:the hobby has been overall male dominated but that doesn't make it a male hobby any more than any other pursuit.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
3 cats Orion 120ST Stellarvue Nighthawk Stellarvue 102APO Shrine Manon 60mm PST
Quote:People have been talking about the age factor being bad news for the hobby as long as I've been in the hobby (30 years this year!).
Quote:I don't think definitive conclusions can be reached.
Quote:It is a time consuming hobby, younger observers have families and careers that take priority.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Orion XT8i Dob
9x50 RACI Finder TELRAD Reflex Sight
Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP
Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP
ES 82* 11mm, 18mm 2" ES 68* 24mm
6mm, 25mm Ortho. EP
Televue 3X Barlow
Filters Baader Continuum, UV/IF cut, Lumicon UHC, DGM OIII.
SkySafari T-Ring and Adaptor for Olympus E-510 Oly sz-14 SteadyPix Deluxe iOptron SkyTracker 7.7lb Electro Dot Sight RD400X
Quote:Just curious.. a question to the women: On a personal level, did you find there are artificial barriers to this hobby for women, ones that do not exist for men?
Carol Lakomiak, Tomahawk WIWriting Sky at Night magazine's astrosketch page since June 2009Moon Sketch TutorialSun/DSO Sketch TutorialCN GalleryPhoto Gallery
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
12.5 " F5.6 Homemade Dob , mirror ground and figured by myself 10 " F4.0 LXD55 Meade 6" F8 Homemade Dob , mirror ground and figured by myself , Sears 60mm x 900mm Refractor
Quote:For all the bearded, Apollo-era men in attendance, it could pass for a convention of summering Santa Clauses.
Chuck D. Clawson, MI, USAProud owner of: Orion XT10i w/ Moonlite focuser & ZOC mirror, Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, Celestron C5+, Meade 90mm f/11 achromat (Model #390), and some random accessories (see bio).
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NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Quote:As as previously been mentioned, the hobby is full of old guys. And back when those old guys grew up, women weren't supposed to be good in math and science.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Jon, that argument comes up often in this discussion, but you need only look at photos from star parties as recently as the late 80's to realize that the median amateur astronomer age back then was 30-something.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Quote:To be truthful though, didn't our parents/grandparents feel/say the same thing about us??????????
Quote: Quote:Why not a scope painted and designed to be Lady friendly? Now what would you consider for a scope to be "Lady friendly"? Guess I'd better give up my 16" because it's not pink.
Quote:Why not a scope painted and designed to be Lady friendly?
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Quote: Science isn't as attractive to the ladies as it is to the guys.
Quote:Who's the crypt-keeper standing in the back row with the red shirt? He looks so much more "mature" then the others....couldn't possibly be Jon, could it?
Quote: i've endured my share of sexist comments from male Amateurs (who never matured from the neck up
But we agreed that the discrepancy between the sexes is much bigger for telescopic astronomy than naked-eye astronomy.
Quote:women with children are generally "on call" at night
Quote: But we agreed that the discrepancy between the sexes is much bigger for telescopic astronomy than naked-eye astronomy.
Quote:In your household, how much interest would the other family members have if you were not a passionate observer?
Quote:After seeing Contact and a few other movies, I kind of idolized Jodi Foster as astronomy's poster "girl" ... then a few nights ago ...