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
"Starman" Dan Doyle
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Central Texas Astronomical Society
8" LX200GPS w/ST80 guidescope, Canon 350D+DSI Pro
150mm f/8 Sky Watcher Refractor
10" f/4.5 Homemade Dob RV-6 Criterion Dynascope http://www.darcstarobservatory.webs.com
Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
Clear Skies- Guy
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:For those that have been in the hobby for quite sometime (lets say 30+ years), what do you enjoy about today's amateur astronomy vs. that of the past, and vice versa? Anything you miss? Just curious to hear your thoughts.
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov - 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob - TEC 140 - AT 65EDQ APO Refractor - Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount - iOptron ZEQ25 mount - Discmount DM6 - Canon 60Da
Quote:I actually paid heed to the recommendation in "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" to aviod aperture fever. My plan to contend with the paradox is to get the really big scope later in life, increasing exit pupil at a given magnification to help me "see" and stay engaged in the hobby.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Meade LS8 ACF F/10
Celestron C102GT F/9.8
Orion SkyView Pro Goto Mount
ES AR152 F/6.5
Celestron CGEM Mount
Too Many Eyepieces To List
Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
George RoffeKingwood, TX
--MichaelDark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/AT Voyager(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Quote:what do you enjoy about today's amateur astronomy
Quote:Anything you miss?
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:I started in 1967. Back then, A Huygens was a widefield eyepiece.AND WE LIKED IT.Back then, we didn't have computerized star charts, or even colorprinted star charts. The charts then were chiseled into stone tablets.AND WE LIKED IT.Back then, a grab-&-go scope was an 8" f/8 Newtonian on on a massiveequatorial mount which weighed 200 lbs.AND WE LIKED IT.Back then, if you were into astrophotography, you used film. Therewere no autoguiders. You manually guided, and if you had to goto the bathroom you went in your pants.AND WE LIKED IT.Technology has taken the fun out of everything.
Orion XT10 Classic
Celestron 8-24mm Zoom
"No Name" Plossls, 40mm, 10mm (Ret.)
Orion Sirius Plossls, 25mm, 10mm (Ret.)
Orion DeepView, 35mm, 28mm
Ethos, 21mm, 13mm, 8mm, 4.7mm
Quote:Better equipment and good prices. I miss the simpler joy of viewing the night skies of yesteryear. I miss the darker skies of yesteryear.
Quote:I read this sentiment a lot: astronomy is too gadgety and technical and electronic now. I agree it can be, but no one is stopping anyone from taking an unpowered telescope or binoculars out to a nice site and simply looking around. If that is what you want to do, do it.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Quote:No longer much opportunity to make a contribution to science, so now we can relax and enjoy the hobby instead of playing junior scientist.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Quote:But the fact remains that cameras and spectrographs are where the real action is. And now, for the first time, amateurs have access to professional-quality equipment, capable of measuring star brightness to a thousandth of a magnitude, and even doing serious spectroscopic monitoring of variable stars.