10 in. Odyssey Dob. f/4.5 26mm Meade Super Plossl 17mm & 13mm TV Plossls 8mm RKE 2.5x TV Barlow Telrad 8x50 RA finder 8x42 Binoculars Uranometria 1 & 2 "Get out of Dodge"...and go scopin'!
I want to do more then just look.
Backyard + Observatory + Blue Zone = Heaven
Istar 127 f12 R30 & Tak FS78 on a DSC G11
VSO - C8 XLT and Stellarvue F80M2 on DSC GEM
Solar - Lunt 60THa B1200 on Vixen Super Polaris
Quote:I started VSO a couple of years ago to keep me in the hobby. I was bored with going out and observing the same objects again and again - been in the hobby off and on for 40 years.VSO gave me a purpose and brought back some excitement. I live north of the Great Lakes and do not have to worry about burnout. The clouds keep my time at the eyepiece in check.
Quote:What got me started on variables was Burnham's books. I'd never really thought about variables all that much, other than as oddities I'd of course read about. But reading that darned book and seeing all the light curves and their variety piqued my interest. I wound up going of in pursuit of nightly looks and photos of SS Cyg. I did start to obsess in late afternoon if it looked like it was going to be cloudy, how will I get the data, and spent more than one night waiting out sucker holes for 3 minutes of time after being out there thinking this next one has to be it...for three hours. It got to where a couple months in, I was thinking geez, this is work..but if i stop, i'll break up the data!So the night it began to rain for real (and continued for more than a couple), it was getting to be a race between getting home in time to catch it before the tree line anyway... I sensed that was it for this year, and it was. A relief! I haven't let myself go that overboard since, and it's more fun. Although Nova Del did get a lot of special attention. I justify that when 'another SS' pops into my head by thinking no, this one is once and done.