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Quote: having a love of astronomy does not qualify a person in anyway for the appellation"Amateur Astronomer", IMHO.
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18 inch f4.42 Dob on eq platform w ST120 f/5 finder
12 inch Zhumell Dob
8 inch f/6.9 home made Dob with Seevers optics
William Optics red 10th Anniversary 80mm FD
C8 XLT on Vixen GPDX
26lb eyepiece box
Cernan Space Center astronomer
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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!~
Prinz Optics 660 - 76.2x1250mm refractor Tasco 10K - 80x1200mm refractor JC Penney - 50x600mm refractor Astral 500 - 60x910mm refractor Prinz Astral 400 - 60x700mm Refractor Tasco 4VTE - 40mm refractor plus many more I cant remember the details for at the moment
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
I am a big fan of old Vixen stuff. My current toys include: Celestron SP-C8 Schmidt Cassegrain Celestron SP-C80 Refractor -1984 Orange Tube Celestron C5 on Manfrotto 503 with Oberwerk tripod Meade 2045 4" SCT Meade 10" LX50 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope Coronado PST Eyepiece stable includes Naglers, Pentax, Baader Hyperion, Baader Aspheric, Explore Scientific 68's, Abbe Orthos, Plossls & Zooms
1961 8" F8 Criterion Dynascope Deluxe (dob mount) C6, Celestron GT102 ,PST Vixen Ascot 10x50,12x50 Pentax PCF WP II Denk big easy pairs of TV 32mm,11mm plossls, celestron 25mm plossl, 17mm sterling, 9mm X-cel LX, 20mm superviews AT 17mm 70 AF, 8mm AT Paradigm, AT 12mm plossl ES 82* 6.7mm,11mm,14mm,ES 68* 24mm 2.25x Ultima Barlow VT 25mm Ortho, BCO 10mm,18mm, TV Plossl 15mm,26mm, GSO 40mm plossl, 20mm sterling 1 dog, 3 cats, 2 sons and a beautiful wife
4.5" f/10 A Jaegers Homebuilt Refractor,12"GSO f/5.3"Reflector,10"Meade LX-50 SCT, 8" Hardin f/6 reflector Yulin 5"f/9 refractor, 4.5"TASCOS Luminova,11TE-5 & 11TR Lunagrosso reflectors,Cel.100mm Reflector.3" Tasco 3TER 700mm 76mm reflector, Tasco 10TE 76mm 1200mm f/l Refractor 60mm TASCO 7TE-5 1000mm f/16.7 Refractor 60mm TASCO 9TE 700mm f/l refractor 60mm TASCO 9TE-0 710mm f/l Refractor www.vega-sky-center.com
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Quote: An amateur astronomer is one who engages in any type of astronomy out of personal desire and without renumeration.I reject the idea of any minimum standard to merit the title. Too many people already get caught up in un-needed classes of society.
Clint & Debbie Whitman (aveman JOIN US AT CSPAMP VII 8/1,2,3/14 Classic Telescopes, 9" f 10.6 AP Refractor ThePEARL, 1946 4" Tinsley Saturn Telescope. 1970 4" Unitron 155c,1954 100mm Unitron Brass 152. 1950s Nippon Kogaku refractors 5 CM, 6.5 CM. 1965 10" F8 Cave Astrola, G-11 ST2000xm Over 5500 posts prior to the CNC on 03/14/14
ATM Nut.6" F15 Jaegers Refractor on Homebuilt EQ mount12.5" Homebuilt NewtProjects:16" F7.2 Reflector
Quote: Looking at the moons of Jupiter as they dance there way across the planets surface on a warm California evening in the middle of winter,,, (aveman
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
Quote: I always wondered why a professional astronomer isn't called an Astronomist. We have physicists, chemists, pharmacists, cardiologists... Professional astronomy has little to do with visual observing. I consider people like Gary Seronik,Rod Mollise and Phil Harrington to be professional astronomers. They have been lifelong observers (in an incredibly masterful fashion), authors, etc.. We're all pretty passionate about astronomy. I think that makes us astronomers. I find nothing amateur about it.-Rob
Quote:In my mind an Amateur Astronomer is one that: 1)Appreciates frequent viewing of celestial objects with or without optics. 2)Has some knowledge of constellations and the ability to identify several, same with bright stars. 3) Has an understanding of the phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses. 4) Can look up in the sky and identify with reasonable certainty all of the naked eye planets when in view. Not a very tight definition, in short, enjoy frequent sky watching and some basic understanding of what they are looking at. That's the basics in my opinion to qualify as an "Amateur Astronomer." Many of course go way beyond this entry level definition.Bill
Quote:MARK WEATHER UPDATE:PHOTO FROM 10 MINUTES AGOSTAROAK OBSERVATORY 77 degrees 45 low,,, Tonight might be a good seeing night!
7x35 and 10x50 sears tower binocs, 3" f/10 edmunds reflector, 2.4" f/11.7 manon refractor, 6" f/8 jaegers refractor, 10" f/11 R30 Istar refractor, 3" f/15.8 sans&streiffe refractor, 3.1" f/15 selsi refractor(towa 339), 2.4" f/15 sears refractor, selsi 30x30mm spyglass, criterion 5-draw 25x45x75x spyglass(1957), 4.25" f/14.8 tasco 20te.http://cleardarksky.com/c/OmahaNEkey.html
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Quote:I consider myself a "lonely galaxy astronomy tourist", I like roaming the evening sky, star hopping between double stars, clusters and nebulae in our galactic neighbourhood, looking for still fainter details and colours, smelling the snow, bino'ing the moon and planets, hearing the owl while night falls and the satellites glitter and the stars start shooting...
Quote:If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Quote:Tim,,,, Mike I am with you!! I love to Oggelllll and just walk out to do so often. I finally got around the completing the fixed pier and painting it, Now more machining and anodizing oo and I purchased a wireless focusing system.