14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote: 1. What drew you to the hobby?2. What keeps some in the hobby long term and why do others quit?
Chris Small telescopes, some medium size, a smattering of eyepieces and filters. The human brain-a 3 pound, 30 watt, self-programming supercomputer that can be mass produced by unskilled labor. Member IDA
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Same skies, older eyes Antebellum Observatory 38.9989° N, 84.6267° W C9.25 XLT Carbon Fiber C6 SE OTA TMB 130SS (2007)MoonLite TMB 80SS (2007) TMB 92SS MoonLite Meade 8" LX90 Supercharged AstroScan "Orange" C8 (1979 Original Owner)Special Coatings "Orange" C8 1975 Cast Forks - Special Coatings "Orange" C5 1979 Special Coatings "Orange" C5 1975 Cast Forks "Orange" C90 Astro 1979 Criterion RV4 (1956 Original Owner) Meade 826 8" Newtonian Celestron 90 MAK Way Too Many Eyepieces
Quote:I don't think anybody really leaves astronomy; it's just that their involvement waxes and wanes. People certainly stop using telescopes; that's a rather fussy and demanding aspect of astronomy. But as long as you look up at the night sky, and know and love the constellations, you haven't really left astronomy.
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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
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sheet Metal Worker/Welder Indiana Astronomical Society 6" f/10 home brew dob, Quantum 4, 90mm Apex Mak, Criterion RV-6, Criterion RV-8, Coulter Odyssey 1 13.1", Meade 16" Lightbridge, Sears Discoverer 4-6305A, Manon 60mm (The Marsha Scope), Towa 11T, Tasco 10TE
Quote:The family grows, the jobs becomes more demanding, there is not enough time, not enough energy... The hobby is on the back burner but the flame is still there, waiting for the time when life has slowed and one again has the discretionary time and energy.
Scott Konus 200, Orion ST80, ETX90 OTA, Obie 20x80's, Meade 10x50's
Teeter 15" Dob ReflectorSky Watcher Pro 120 ED RefractorCelestron AVX Equatorial MountExplore Scientific 82 deg N2 eyepiecesBinotron Binoviewer... Yeah Baby!Love my eyepatch when not binoviewing!
- Mike ------------ If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot. ------------ Mallincam VSS+ iOptron Minitower Celestron 9.25 Edge HD WO EZ Touch mount Skywatcher 150/750 Newt Equinox 80 refractor Equinox 120 refractor Stellarvue M1 mount Nagler Type 4 - 12,17 and 22 and 3-6 zoom Pentax XW 7,10,30 and 40 XL Delos 14 ---
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
+22 Starmaster of Light Devouring on an Osypowski platform (+100% tracking skill) +7 Vorpal Mak Newt "The APO Slayer" My familiar is an 11" CAT Multiple Oculars of Scrying 20 Year Member: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society and Mages Guild
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
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Ray Teeter 18" f/3.5 Dob D&G 5.375" f/20(?) refractor 天体観測にも威力を発揮する、本格仕様の大口径双眼望遠鏡です。 興和ハイランダー
Quote:I have "considered leaving the hobby" for several reasons........first among them is that this turned out to be a LOT more expensive than I originally thought. It seems like there is *always* someplace to drop several hundred dollars Secondly, although I have met a few nice folks here willing to share advice and help...........there seems to me to be a level of snobbery in this hobby, with a "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. (I ran into that at the local club as well, couldn't be bothered to help the "newb" - which is where I may have got off on the wrong foot, so I keep trying). *Many* times, I have posted questions here, and although I did get a fair amount of help, I also! got many instances where my questions went unanswered.
- Steve"It takes all the running you can do just to stay in one place." - The Red Queen
Quote:Quote:I have "considered leaving the hobby" for several reasons........first among them is that this turned out to be a LOT more expensive than I originally thought. It seems like there is *always* someplace to drop several hundred dollars Secondly, although I have met a few nice folks here willing to share advice and help...........there seems to me to be a level of snobbery in this hobby, with a "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. (I ran into that at the local club as well, couldn't be bothered to help the "newb" - which is where I may have got off on the wrong foot, so I keep trying). *Many* times, I have posted questions here, and although I did get a fair amount of help, I also! got many instances where my questions went unanswered. Just don't worry about all that. I have been involved in this since 1989. You have to make it, and keep it, your own. There is a lot of snobbery and there is a lot of focus on equipment instead of the sky. Make it your own, enjoy it on your terms, and you will never tire of it! GW
Quote:I think there are many reasons for many of us to have gotten into the hobby. I guess with this post I am asking 4 things. 1. What drew you to the hobby?
Quote: 2. What keeps some in the hobby long term and why do others quit?
Quote: 3. If you've quit the hobby for a significant amount of time why did you leave?
Quote: 4. What drew you back to the hobby?
----- Mike -----
Omni XLT 150 on CG-5 ASGT, CG-4, Astromaster 114EQ, Celestron FirstScope 70mm EQ Refractor
Zhumell Plossl 32mm, 12.5mm, 6mm, 4mm, 5x and 2x Barlow
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Quote:1. What drew you to the hobby? For me it was definitely the space race. I grew up during the 60's and I was an avid follower of the space program. 2. What keeps some in the hobby long term and why do others quit?I think you will find this happens in many hobbies. Someone is exposed to something new, they think "this is cool" and take off with it, then as time goes by their interest wanes and they move onto the next "cool" hobby. 3. If you've quit the hobby for a significant amount of time why did you leave?Usually the reason I step away is because of time or financial constraints. I am always looking up at the sky, but my active participation is subject to that little thing called "life". The past few years I have been focused on my wife's cancer and something like that can take a huge toll on time and energy. 4. What drew you back to the hobby? I have always managed to sneak back into the hobby. This site and more specifically this forum often sparks my interest. While there may not be sufficient time for me to get outside and observe, I can still take some time and read about all of the exciting happenings in the universe on Cloudy Nights.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack