150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
"People say I'm in denial. I disagree."
Scopes: 10" dob, 13" dob, 4" refractor
"Only gold is money, and nothing else. " - John Pierpont Morgan
Quote:Just to clarify, Milton was the guy (poet) who came up with that 'stand and wait' line
Well, my piece of expert advice is: if you haven't seen M11 through an 8-incher, you haven't lived
Quote:Most of the time I'm observing from my backyard. Yes the Ruhr area is pretty muchuseless, but at least I got some decent views in the horizont.Best wishes Mathias
Quote:I'm looking forward to share my impressions and to live with you through yours...Quote:That says it all, imagine if 50,000 members thought the same way.
Quote:That says it all, imagine if 50,000 members thought the same way.
Quote:Quote:Most of the time I'm observing from my backyard. Yes the Ruhr area is pretty muchuseless, but at least I got some decent views in the horizont.Best wishes Mathias You can still do a lot in light-polluted skies: lunar, planetary, double stars. A good test for your dob is to see how many of the small craterlets you can see inside the large crater Plato or try to spot the Alpine rift.
Joined June 2012: Location, Ottawa, Ontario
Mes télescopes et jumelles:
150mm F5 Newt on EQ5, 127mm Mak Cass on AZ4
Oberwerk BT70-45 and 15X70 SkyMasters
Michael Rosolina Celestron CGE Pro 1400 f/11 SCT 1980 Orange Tube C8 f/10 SCT 108mm f/4.2 Astroscan Reflector 50mm f/10 Galileoscope 40mm PST f/10 APM Germany HD 15x70 binoculars Canon 12x36 IS II binoculars Mark I Eyeball My CN Gallery
Quote: I too have noticed over the years that the observing forums seem to have the lowest participation numbers (with the Solar Observing forum usually leading). Of course, when there is some phenomenon occuring like Nova Del or the much anticipated ISON, those numbers spike. Mars and Jupiter usually bring observers out, too and the best part of their current apparitions is just beginning.There is a lot of traffic in the Beginners forum and some interesting observations posted there but those folks tend to hang back from participating in the dedicated observing forums. Perhaps they can follow the fine example that Mathias has set for them (welcome, Mathias )It could be that people are spending their time on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc. instead of here. Don't know--I haven't crossed that threshold (yet).The various equipment forums are great if you have a question and get a lot of posters because of that. They also tend to have huge ongoing bull sessions where people discuss/argue/describe their stuff. A large fraction of amateurs seem to prefer to talk about scopes rather than what they see with them.
Quote:Brooks, sure there are fewer folks as you approach the "top" tier, I guess for lack of a better term, doing what might be deemed progressive work in our field. Maybe many don't post in social networking. Maybe some of their research is more appropriate for official publication and not so much up for peer debate. Whatever reason.Still the tens of thousands that enjoy this hobby on every level, from a quick look at the Pleiades with the naked eye to more serious double star or planetary work, for fun or even for scientific gain, can take or leave the option of mingling with like minded folks online. Maybe many people, as I do, prefer personal contact and avoid most social networking. I observe online, but I do not play pool nor meet people (like dating ) online.
Quote: Dave, next time someone bugs you for answers, refer them here.
Quote:Hmmmm. You tube, then? How many people think you're an astrologer?