Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Live Life Right. Aim High, Think High
Quote:I've read many posts from people with ten thousand dollar cameras complaining about updates and firmware. Going into a field to do astronomy is good. But at what point does the technology get in the way?
Cliff Hipsher ICC USN (Ret.) '03 883 XLH Meade 2080/LXD75 (Big Blue) Meade DSI Color Meade DSI Pro TEC Cooled Celestron Neximage Celestron Radial Guider Star Guider Filter Wheel Vixen Flip Mirror Some Eyepieces Swift 7x50's Empty Wallet I.A.M.B.K. I ride. There fore I am...
Quote:Tech gets in the way when you no longer enjoy astronomy because you have to futz with too much stuff.Ed
Celestron 8SE XLT Celestron 6SE + Antares f/0.63 focal reducer Celestron SE Goto Mount Kson 1026 ED Carbon Fibre tube Skywatcher Synscan AZ Goto Various EPs (Baader Mk III Zooom, BST, Televue, X-Cel LX)
Quote:The only tech. I use is "goto".
If it were not for goto, I would not have seen a tenth of what I have seen.
LP kills the manual astronomer.
Rural central lower Michigan
Yes, I too have telescopes and all of them are Go-To. Wherever I push them, that's where they Go-To. "When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't accomplish"
Quote: When one starts asking "Are we having fun, yet", then maybe it's time to stand back and re-evaluate if what one's doing is actually worth doing at all.
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A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Quote:Quote: When one starts asking "Are we having fun, yet(?)", then maybe it's time to stand back and re-evaluate if what one's doing is actually worth doing at all. I've not seen anyone ask that; folks are capable of telling whether they are having fun or not.
Quote: When one starts asking "Are we having fun, yet(?)", then maybe it's time to stand back and re-evaluate if what one's doing is actually worth doing at all.
One 'scope at a time... "Onward! Ever forward, never straight!" - T. McMahon
I ache, therefore I am
Quote: But at what point does the technology get in the way?
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 & 10x42 binos / Vanguard Endeavor HD 82mm (20-60x) angled spotting scope / Vanguard Abeo 283AT tripod with PH-114V head
Quote:Astronomy will be as technological as those who participate in are technological, no more and no less. For those who just prefer the basics there is just as much roon in astronomy as those who enjoy the latest electronic cameras and computerized telescopes.Taras
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:I see imagers at star parties with enough cabling to circle the Equator five times and more blinking lights than the Starship Enterprise. It's not for me but other people enjoy that kind of observing. Each to their own.
Quote:For better or worse, star-hopping certainly side-tracks you more from the primary goal of location your target -- and also messes more with your dark adaptation.
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Quote: Each to their own.
Quote:Quote:I see imagers at star parties with enough cabling to circle the Equator five times and more blinking lights than the Starship Enterprise. It's not for me but other people enjoy that kind of observing. Each to their own.
That's because they're imaging, not observing. I'm sure they look at your setup and think "What a waste of a good telescope. He could probably get some great astro photos if he had the proper gear."
Quote:The last couple of decades have seen the splitting of amateur astronomy into two major camps: one consists primarily of those who are interested in exploring the night sky visually, while those in the other camp are not really amateur astronomers in the classic sense, but rather photographers who happen to have chosen the heavens as their subject matter. While there is some degree of overlap between these two general groupings, as well as many outliers, they seem to have but little in common, in my experience.Fred