14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
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:"Astronomy buffs increasingly have turned to smartphone apps that give users the feel of exploring the skies without "investing hundreds of dollars in a telescope," said Jock O'Connell, an economist with Beacon Economics."
I ache, therefore I am
Quote:Discusses how kids today would rather use gadgets and tablets etc. and that competes with kids using telescopes.
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
Selsi 60mm f/13 Lunt 35mm Solar Scope Stellarvue SVR70ED
Astronomy Technologies AT6RC Home-built Dobsonian with home-made mirror -
8" f/6.8 Unistar Deluxe on a surveyor's tripod
Quote:experience it with their own senses
Automatic doors make me feel like a Jedi.
PCW Memorial Observatory
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Quote:The practice of amateur astronomy is not a particularly social affair...
Quote:There is likewise a growing tendency in our society to "what it now, without expending any effort to do so." However, learning observational astronomy is a slow and occasionally frustrating process that is in conflict with that outlook.
George RoffeKingwood, TX
Celestron EdgeHD 8 + AVX | Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED APO + Vixen Porta II + Oberwerk Tall | Celestron NexStar 6SE Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX | Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD
Quote:Heck they even want to shut down the CB radio band to make more room for Smart Phone Apps.. "Breaker,Breaker, Bandit ya got your ears on"?I'm 10-7 on the side from my 10-20 in NW Iowa....
Quote: "Astronomy buffs increasingly have turned to smartphone apps that give users the feel of exploring the skies without "investing hundreds of dollars in a telescope,"
Quote:One reason children today don't do outside things is the crop of current parents who hover over their children in a case of constant fear. Children can't play outside because they will either be kidnapped by a child molester, catch the avian flu, be killed in a terrorist bombing or something. When they are allowed out of parent's sight at some organized school or church function they still have to check in every so often by phone. I am very glad I grew up well before the helicopter parents of today. And I thought my mother was over-protective!
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Quote:CB radio was never worth a darn but today it's degenerated into utter uselessness.
"Another new world, no beer, no women, no pool parlors, nothing to do here but to throw rocks at tin cans and we have to bring our own tin cans." Earl Holliman (Cookie)- Forbidden Planet
Quote:Quote:CB radio was never worth a darn but today it's degenerated into utter uselessness. OK, but lots of us find life much enriched by things which other people consider to be utterly useless - amateur astronomy, for instance. Ham radio is another hobby which some people find fun but really has very little practical value indeed.Fact of the matter is that CB radio still is a useful resource for some people in some parts of the world, especially remote areas where there is no cell phone coverage. The fact that it's anarchic is a feature which some people find charming ...
Dr. Willie K. Yee President Mid-Hudson Astronomical Assn. Member RAC, AOSNY, IDA, Astronomers Without Borders, Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project NexStar 50 Expert, Lunar 50 Expert; AL Outreach, Messier, and Sunspotters Awards Commander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang Heng Teeter 13.1" f/4.5 Custom Dob, NexStar8 SE, Meade 80mm f/6 ED Apo, Meade 363 f/10 80 mm, Lunt LS60THa, PST dbl stk
Quote:Quote:CB radio was never worth a darn but today it's degenerated into utter uselessness. Not quite. Local chapters of the American Red Cross still rely on amateur radio whenever the $#!+ hits the fan and all local communications are out.
Quote:I am just now getting back on a schedule so if this is posted somewhere else please lock.
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori