Televue 85/TRF-2008 field flattener, Meade LX200 10", Manfrotto 055SSB tripod/410 geared head/AstroTrac TT320X-AG/056 3D head, GM-8/Gemini, 10 Micron 1000 HPS, Canon 40D (unmodded), Canon 450D (modded w/Astronomiks clip-ins - UV/IR, OWB), Coronado SM60/Lunt B1200/WO diagonal, Baader Herschel Wedge Leeds Sky Clock Ripon Sky Clock
Michael Rosolina Celestron CGE Pro 1400 f/11 SCT 1980 Orange Tube C8 f/10 SCT 108mm f/4.2 Astroscan Reflector 50mm f/10 Galileoscope 40mm PST f/10 APM Germany HD 15x70 binoculars Canon 12x36 IS II binoculars Mark I Eyeball My CN Gallery
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Brian Even a broken clock is correct twice a day
Quote:I guess there is no hope of seeing a Halley's type comet again in my lifetime(I was mesmerized night after night just looking at it),and I was really hoping that ISON would be that comet,I'm totally crushed.
Quote:The comet, disrupted or not, is marking its orbital path in a most amazing way.
I ache, therefore I am
Quote:It is remarkable that it is marking its path so well!
Quote:Quote:It is remarkable that it is marking its path so well! At which point Newton gives a wry smile
Quote:I guess there is no hope of seeing a Halley's type comet again in my lifetime
Quote:well one hopes that the "popular" media will learn
Tak-106, AP900GTO, Unitrons, Masuyamas
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. "J. Robert Oppenheimer"
Quote:Quote:I guess there is no hope of seeing a Halley's type comet again in my lifetimeSounds like you missed Ikeya-Zhang and C/2006 P1 McNaught both recent and bright with tails
C9.25 on CGEM
OldSchool 6" Newt on ASGT
My Denk Binoviewer is worth more than my portable mount
Permanent backyard steel pier
Tried to buy a LX80, talked out of it by a Meade dealer!
Andrew buys mounts on based on my recommendations!
Quote:I think you folks are being pretty hard on the media. I think they were pretty fair, there was a lot of "if this" or "maybe." I would rather the media hype it and get people out there looking up then the opposite.... an impressive object/event that gets totally ignored.
Scopes: CPC8, TV85+Voyager Binos: 40-70mm, GT80mm~45deg
"We live in the sky, not under it." John Tyndall
Kevin Apertura 8" Dob, Pentax K-5 My Photography Website -- My Flickr
.... back yard astronomer ================= Don't forget to look at the moon often. Its a play ground of fun if you throttle up the magnification!
Quote:It's impossible not to disappoint the public. Even a truly great comet will disappoint them. The Western public has remarkably simplistic and romantic ideas about what to expect. The media outlets feed such ideas regarding all subjects, not just astronomy. It is no surprise that the people get disappointed. These are people who think the sky is up and exists only at night.
For all the talk of Kahoutek being a dud, it sure seems to have generated a great amount of science at the time.
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."