Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
Orion AstroView 6" Newtonian
Explore Scientific 24 mm [68°], 14 mm and 8.8 mm [82°]
Explore Scientific 2x focal extender
Quote:but it's nothing like being out in the fresh air on a clear night, enjoying the night sky, the simplicity is what draws me to sketching, taking notes, and making it a time to relax from a busy day. Anybody else still enjoy astronomy the way I do?
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote: just you & the awesome night sky. Serenaded by the night sounds, it's as close to perfect, as I can imagine!
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
/*/-=[ Michael ]-=/*/Dark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Quote: some people "rent" a telescope hundreds of miles away for a few hours waiting for some image to pop up on their computer screen. Maybe this is an enjoyable activity, but it's nothing like being out in the fresh air on a clear night, enjoying the night sky, the simplicity is what draws me to sketching, taking notes, and making it a time to relax from a busy day. Anybody else still enjoy astronomy the way I do?
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Inventor of the Herschel Wedgie. Watch your back.
Astronomy - The World's Second-Oldest Profession.
"You don't know Swift from Astrola." -C.H.-
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...
Quote:While not exactly related to your original post, one thing I've found myself getting into is trying to repeat observations from the "classic astronomers" of the 17th through early 20th century.It is fun to look at the Moon or Mars and imagine yourself in earlier times without all of the astronomical knowledge that we have now. What do you see? How do you interpret what you see?For example, I am working on looking at a particular lunar crater where an observer of the 19th century was sure beyond any measure of doubt that he was witnessing the construction of a lunar city. I am trying to view this crater myself (albeit with better equipment, of course) at the same lighting angle to see if I would interpret it in a similar way.
Quote:Simple astronomy is quickly fading away, without the steady flow of young people like myself.
Quote:Astrophotography is a large part of amateur astronomy now, but I thought one day that some people "rent" a telescope hundreds of miles away for a few hours waiting for some image to pop up on their computer screen.
16" Starfinder f4.5 Dob 6" Starhopper f8 Dob 4.5" Astroscan 20x80 Zumell Bino's 32mm Meade Series 5000 26mm Orion Q70 18 mm Meade HD-60 12mm & 7mm Celestron X-cel
Quote: I am working on looking at a particular lunar crater where an observer of the 19th century was sure beyond any measure of doubt that he was witnessing the construction of a lunar city. I am trying to view this crater myself (albeit with better equipment, of course) at the same lighting angle to see if I would interpret it in a similar way.
Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Quote:I enjoy visual and imaging, however, if the WX doesn't improve soon, I may take up another hobby. Not really, but it does get frustrating.David
Quote:Quote:Simple astronomy is quickly fading away, without the steady flow of young people like myself.Backyard astronomy is certainly in a period of decreasing popularity right now, at least in the industrialized world. That's happened before. Time will tell if it's a long-term trend or if there will be another resurgence.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:My opposite frustration! Night skies have been absolutely beautiful, night after night, and I cannot get out with my scope due to severe back pain. Very depressing to let these skies go to waste.
Quote:Went out with the RV-6 last night for a very enjoyable evening to midnight of stargazing. Collimation was spot on, as well as motor tracking- the image of Saturn at 320x was motionless. Sketched 2 objects last night, M7 and M28. Since finishing the restoration of the scope, I thought it would be cool to sketch all the Messiers, so far I'm up to 5
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Quote:Hopefully the switch-off of road lights in parts of the UK... will also help
Quote: Quote:Hopefully the switch-off of road lights in parts of the UK... will also help Where can i get some of those?
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:Most people probably can't get too excited about astronomy when it is estimated that as many as 80 percent of people in the world have never seen the Milky Way.What a shame...Norm
Quote:I liken stargazing to fishing. My scope gets me out under the stars, like my pole gets me out exploring the wilderness. I like working the scope and finding new (to me) objects, just as I enjoy practicing my cast and hooking a fish. But it's mainly about getting out there, being there, communing with cosmos or nature, connecting with something beyond the constructs of human society and the constraints of the human condition.
Quote: But I do recognize that it is the same things that attracted me to hunting and fishing that attract me to stargazing..