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Quote:Can you see the flag on the moon with this?
Quote:Ever seen a UFO?
Quote:If sunspots are cooler parts of the sun, could we land there?
Quote:And then there are the conspiracy guys.Hey, I heard we never really landed on the moon!
Quote:Is there really a secret base on the dark side of the moon?
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Quote:Sometimes you can tell a smart-aleck. If one of them asks the question, "Can you see the flag on the moon?"I always answer, totally straight faced,"No, it is after 5pm. They take it down."The laughter comes from the friends of the smart-aleck that he (it is always a he) was trying to impress.
Quote:Quote:If sunspots are cooler parts of the sun, could we land there?Only if you do it at night.
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Quote:This is unfortunate for the individuals asking these questions, and I believe that they are ill-served by the answers they are receiving from the vast majority of amateur astronomers.
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Quote:Over the years, I have had many of these rational, down-to-earth people ask me if, for example, I thought we went to the Moon, or if I believed in, or had seen, UFO's, or if I believed that a God had created the universe. Many did not phrase these in the form of a question, but as a statement of belief.
Quote:To be disingenuous with these individuals is to do them a disservice. If asked my considered, personal opinion, I give it, with the caveat that it is just that, my opinion. I do not recite facts and figures, or try to change their minds...
Quote:However, and this is key: they are asking these opinions of a demographic (amateur astronomers), the majority of who, in my experience and opinion, maintain the scientific "party line" as if their lives depended upon it, per the following:Demonstrably slanted and prejudicial views on subjects such as UFO's that they have not studied in depth;
Quote:Disdain for so-called "conspiracy theories" whether or not they have researched them to determine what merit, if any, they might possess;
Quote:A near-total rejection of anything and everything regarding Deity or a Creator.
Quote: To all reading this, I hope I have clarified my position, and further hope that no matter your beliefs, that you have clear, dark skies under which to reflect upon them, and a long line of eager eyes awaiting their turn at the eyepiece.
Quote:Thank you, magic612, for your excellent, well-reasoned reply!
Quote:One could argue back and forth all day (if one was so inclined - I am not) as to whether the Moon landings ever took place... hence, it appears to me that those who evince belief in the "authorized version" of events are just that - believers. ... For a belief to be factual, it must be verifiable, and statements by NASA and astronauts, and opinions by scientists in general, amateur astronomers or the man in the street do not constitute verification. As is often said (and quite correctly) of the UFO subject, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof"... sending men to the Moon and back would certainly qualify as an extraordinary claim.
Quote:To all reading this, I hope I have clarified my position, and further hope that no matter your beliefs, that you have clear, dark skies under which to reflect upon them, and a long line of eager eyes awaiting their turn at the eyepiece.
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Quote:Galliger said it about Hollywood. "It's like a bowl of granola, what ain't fruits and nuts is flakes." I figure the idea of outreach is to educate - even the granolians.
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Quote:I am in the market for a 6" Orion dob, just to be able to bring it out to sidewalk events. Even brand new, at $299 it's infinitely better than any of the junk people will buy by the thousands this year at Walmart etc.
Quote: So true. However, I'm not impressed with the very short focal length Orion 6" dobs. They might be good for very small children, but for any kid over 8 and certainly for any adult I'd go with a 6" F/8. Taller and so easier to look through.
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Quote:Let's see. The Moon is about 250,000 miles away, and a telescope might max out at around 300X. That means you're seeing the Moon as it would appear from a distance of about 800 miles. Next time ask them if they think they could see a flag that was 800 miles away.
Quote:Quote:Let's see. The Moon is about 250,000 miles away, and a telescope might max out at around 300X. That means you're seeing the Moon as it would appear from a distance of about 800 miles. Next time ask them if they think they could see a flag that was 800 miles away. That's a good response. I'll have to keep that one in mind.