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
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 Round Table EQ Platform
Quote:I'm going to get preachy...It is not ours to declare outreach a waste of time. We usually don't get to see the results of our efforts. The impact on the wildest kid may not be evident for decades.We cannot guarantee positive outcomes but can be sure none will occur if we don't try.
/*/-=[ 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!)
Quote: those wild, unruly kids. These are the ones that grab the scope and push it around.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Compustar C14 Leo Henzl's Custom C8(VP Sales Celestron) Celestar C8 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt. LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8 Meade 8" F6 Newtonian Dynamax DX6 Criterion RV-6 ETX-90 Astro Meade 2045 4" SCT B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor 1963 60mm 15-60 B&L Spotter Binos 25x100 8X40 20x80 Arcturus Bino-Viewer
Quote:For twenty years I've been doing about six events each month at schools, plus a half dozen state and county park public events each year, and coming up on ten years of the Grand Canyon Star Party with eight nights of up to 1400 visitors each night and I honestly can say, with an average of about 11,000 young customers each year, I have not had a problem with discipline.
Quote:Quote:I'm going to get preachy...It is not ours to declare outreach a waste of time. We usually don't get to see the results of our efforts. The impact on the wildest kid may not be evident for decades.We cannot guarantee positive outcomes but can be sure none will occur if we don't try. Yup!
AL MasterObserverC #24
Quote:I couldn't do it. I don't like most people.Much less their kids. I am a full blown Introvert. I like to sit by myself in my observatory and observe. I have never been to a star party, I might have to talk to someone. I do however have 2 cats that love to annoy me while I observe. Kudos to you all who have the patience to spread the gospel.
Rural central lower Michigan
The Cheapest Astronomer in the World gets excited by Jupiter. Builds dob, builds eq platform, arranges to borrow webcam...
Criterion RV-6 (1977)
Astro-Tech AT-10D (2011)
I don't buy scopes often
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Nine telescopes of a diverse nature. My Web Site Cosmic Cat: a children's book about astronomy for iPad. English Lessons for Amateur Astronomers
Quote:I would like to suggest that it isn't that "most astronomers" are in the "truly worth knowing" category, but rather that astronomers are who you share an interest with, and it is this shared interest that puts them into your "truly worth knowing" category. Really, doesn't this make the most sense, rather than the very unlikely idea that amateur astronomers as a group are somehow superior? If it does, then a way to expand your "truly worth knowing" category might be to get to know non-astronomers better, and cultivate other shared interests.
Orion XT10g Meade LXD55 AR6 SE6 OTA