SLAP Observer --- TMB130SS, SV102V(LOMO Lens), SV80ED Deluxe "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke. "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell "The measure of a man’s greatness is not determined by what he accomplishes for himself, but by what he accomplishes for others.” -- Some Bald Guy
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Crazy ATM 6" F9.4 Newtonian first light July 2011 8" F/5.6 Dob, first light June 2003 12.5" F/5 Dob, first light Aug 2007, as well as 9- 4" f/6 mirrors. In progress:12" f/7 on quartz, 18" F/5 on BVC, and a set of 3-8" optical flats All optics by yours truly.
TV 70mm Pronto/Solarmax II 60 BF10, WO 80mm ZS II ED, Celestron C90, Celestron C5+. Baader 2" Herschel Wedge, Baader Maxbright Binoviewer. Komz BPC5 8x30, Swift 7x35 Sport King, Swift Audubon HR/5 8.5x44, Bushnell Banner 7x50, U.Optics 11x80, Fujinon 16x70 FMT SX, William Optics 22x70 ED, UA Unimount Parallelogram
"Dancing all around it, we have been, which gives me pause, and license, to speculate with mind experiments, to illuminate this stuff, this Dark Energy" Mindjog 2011
Stellarvue SV85s LOMO and SV102A LOMO refractors, Discmount DM4 mount,
Quote: When society asks “what have you done for me lately?” the amateur astronomer has no answer.
Modded C9.25, Vixen SP retrofitted with DS motors and Autostar My pics Stars light the world without, to give us purpose They light us within to give us reason We live in a well-lit abyss.
The Cheapest Astronomer in the World gets excited by Jupiter. Builds dob, builds eq platform, arranges to borrow webcam...
Quote:While I agree that Astronomers are not to blame for the loss of our night sky, we are to blame for not doing enough to show the public why light pollution should matter to them. Too often I too have "shaken my fist and silently cursed your motion sensing security light" without ever showing my own neighbors why they should care about MY problem. There's an old saying that goes something like this:
"If you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."
In other words we only see how the problem affects us. We need to show the public how it affects them. Get them to look through your eyepiece and I guarantee you your problem will become THEIR problem too. Even a target as simple as the moon (which inspired our entire space program) can make a huge impression to someone who has never seen it with anything but the naked eye.
My point in writing this article was not to place blame. My concern was that all too often its easier to go to a dark sky location than it is to raise public awareness or inspire them to care. It wasn't all that long ago you could see the stars from your own backyard. Most adults still remember that. We must bring dark skies back to our communities before an entire generation grows up without ever seeing stars in their backyards.