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 AwardsCommander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang HengTeeter 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
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:We may yet see pi defined as 3.0
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
And these cutbacks are the result of We the People feel the government must take care of us. The spring has run dry.
Reduce your wants and you won't be disappointed when nothing is there.
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Darren in Bakersfield
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:(Checks outside) No, sky not falling . . .
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
"To the Moon!" Orion 127mm Mak-Cass Meade 60mm Refractor
Quote:I sympathize with those of you who suffer with terrible governments. Mine, too, does foolish things occasionally, but it has fostered much good. We (taxpayers) have visited the Moon, sent roving labs to Mars, deployed the Hubble telescope revolutionizing our understandings the universe, established social security and Medicare to enable seniors to live decently, cleaned up our air and water, eradicated polio, suppressed AIDS, explored the human genome, built highways across the land, helped to support generations of college students, set aside wondrous parks, and the list goes on. In short, we’ve thought and acted big.As we supported these enterprises, we prospered. Alas, we have lately decided that the government that pulled us together to support these projects is our enemy. We’ve decided to think small. Who knows how this will turn out? Badly, I suspect. Certainly, future generations won’t get to share the moments and fruits of discovery that my generation has enjoyed…or share the pride in big jobs well done. Sad time.Bill
Quote:Good grief, people, perspective, please . . . the cuts in question amount to approximately 2.6 percent of budget. No one anywhere is talking about closing down the whole shebang.
JMI 18" f4.5 Newtonian, split ring mount 10" f4.5 Newtonian on GEM (was a DS-10 once upon a time) ST-2000XM camera
World Explorer, Satellite Development, and all that...
LX850 & Astronomy blog: http://lx850.tumblr.com
Ok, equipment list…for reference purposes only!
…Missing my RV-6. Why oh why did I sell it?!?!?!?
Quote:By whole shebang I mean the entire federal government as referred to above. Of course some individual programs within individual agencies will be shuttered. It has happened before and will happen again at city, state and federal levels during times of austerity. The world has not ended, and I suspect local clubs, who do the most outreach by far already, will easily pick up the slack. I repeat: sky not falling, world not ending, urchins not starving, granny not hurled into gutter, etc.
Quote:It is being done to make maximum pain - all for politics (Repubs and Dems).
12" Meade SCT 9.25" Celestron SCT 5" ES-AR refractor 90mm Astromaster refractor 80mm Galileo refractor 70mm Astromaster 66mm Astrotech refractor 16x80 Orion bino's 8x40 & 7x35 Nikon bino's
MANY a hearth upon our dark globe sighs after many a vanish’d face, Many a planet by many a sun may roll with a dust of a vanish’d race. Raving politics, never at rest—as this poor earth’s pale history runs,— What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns?
Quote:This is all very disturbing to me. But what confuses me is this: if the NPS has insufficient resources to maintain levels of staffing, maintenance and facilities at parks already in the system, why are they designating new parks and increasing resources for them? For example, Pinnacles National Monument just became a full blown National Park.