/*/-=[ Michael ]-=/*/Dark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Mike Lynch Frankfort KY USA
Zhumell Z10 34 ES 68° 24 ES 68° 13 T6 8.8 ES 82° 6.7 ES 82° 4.7 ES 82° 8-24 MkIII Baader Zoom (plus Zoom Barlow) (35 Ultrascopic, 28 RKE, 26 TV Plossl, 20 Sterling, 18 Paradigm, 3.8 Parks Gold, Celestron 8-24 zoom2.5x (~2.2x) GSO Barlow, . Hardin DSO6, Orion 90 Mak, Astroscan, Celestron 90AZ) *GONE* [for now?] Bigger Dobs, refractors, Naglers, XWs, UWANs, etc, etc
I want to do more then just look.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Quote:Things only got worse between the covers; I found the author's attempt at "humor" rather feeble, and the overall tone just didn't sit well with me. I threw my copy away the day after reading it.
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
Quote:Over the past few months I've noticed a disturbing trend in my astronomy hobby. I wasn't having as much fun as I remembered myself as having. (I go into some of the details in my recent threads in the General Observing forum).Part of this, perhaps a large part, is that I lost a little bit of what enraptured me in astronomy in the first place: the wonder and the vastness and beauty of it all. I got caught up in wanting to prove that I could be an accomplished observer. I wanted to be known for doing "real astronomy," which to me meant observing the dimmest of objects from the obscurest catalogs with the largest of scopes. Over a period of many years, astronomy simple became about checking items off of lists. A good night had nothing do what I saw, but rather how many objects I had crossed off. If observing an object didn't count for an award, it wasn't worth looking at it.Thankfully and with the help of some CN members I see where I went astray and I've been trying to get back to observing because it is fun not because it is goal.
-Tristan Schwartz- Former Resident Astro-Guru, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Member of Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Look for my article "Making the Case for Structured Observing," coming to Sky & Telescope in 2014!
6" Orion DSE Dob, Coronado PST
Quote:Fulton's book, for me at least, was one of the dividing milestones between the good, old amateur astronomy and the new and not-nearly-as-good. The cover alone was off-putting, but highly signal: whereas experienced devotees of the old astronomy were (at least the ones I knew) to a man intelligent, forward-thinking individuals who had the good sense to check their fuel levels before venturing out on a dark-sky sojourn, apparently the implication was that the "light-hearted" types who were becoming legion around that time, and beginning to supplant the old ways with their own, were apt to leave their foresight (and possibly their eyepiece cases) back home, and suffer the consequences...
Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Quote:... I found the author's attempt at "humor" rather feeble, and the overall tone just didn't sit well with me. I threw my copy away the day after reading it.
Quote:Does anybody in this discussion know Ken Fulton personally? I always wondered what became of him. I think he was located in Texas, but that's about all I know. Did he belong to clubs in the area?I read his book when it was first published, and had some good laughs at his take on the Celestron-Meade rivalry, among other subjects.Tom
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars
Quote:Please, read this excellent book. Rich (RLTYS)