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Jon Isaacs
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How Old Are You???
      #914023 - 04/16/06 10:12 AM

Hello Folks...

Over on Astromart someone suggested that there were very few young astronomers these days, that most were older. I asked this same question in the beginners forum over there and it does seem that most of the folks over there are in their 50's with few in their 20's and 30's. I don't really want to believe this is representative of the hobby, maybe it is representative of astromart...

My experience observing is that I meet quite a few younger observers and it also seems like Cloudy NIghts is more attractive to the younger astronomer... I know you are out there... I know that this is not just an hobby for us older folks, that there are plenty of young people with their sharp, clear eyes enjoying the night sky.

So, "How Old Are You??"

I am 58....

Jon Isaacs

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914029 - 04/16/06 10:17 AM

I'm 41, and just started astronomy last year when I was 40.

Maybe you could set this up as a poll with a 5-year or so range of ages (not sure what the limit is on the number of choices you can have in a poll, if any)? Be nice to see what the results are within a range without having to keep track manually!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914030 - 04/16/06 10:18 AM

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914031 - 04/16/06 10:19 AM

A young 48

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914032 - 04/16/06 10:20 AM

I am 38 and just started in Jan 06'.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Galaxyhunter]
      #914033 - 04/16/06 10:21 AM

"Jim52" is now 54!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914040 - 04/16/06 10:25 AM

I am 54 this year.

One of the beauties of working as a volunteer in a public observatory is that I get to see lots and lots of young people come to be introduced to the wonders of the night sky. We frequently have youngsters come again and again and boy, are they good once they're hooked! Two of the summer paid staff are kids in their late teens and several volunteers are in their mid teens. A nephew and a niece of mine (in their 20's) have bought telescopes and are avid observers back in MA since they have been introduced to the sky here in Central Oregon and both plan their vacations and come here during times when the observatory is open.

You're right, John, I think that there are lots of young folks who enjoy this hobby and I can think of more than a few who are members of CN.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: miniventures]
      #914045 - 04/16/06 10:28 AM

51, started in 1962 (first scope 1966; still remember my first observations of Jupiter with the song "One, Two, Three" playing in the background...and mistaking the Pleiades for the Little Dipper...)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: miniventures]
      #914048 - 04/16/06 10:31 AM

The big 50. I started when I was 8 though with a 3" Tasco my Dad got me for Christmas.

I think lots of young people are interested if exposed. I have to almost run them off once they look in my scope, so they are interested. They also tend to come back if the opportunity is there. I think that for most young people they just are not getting the right opportunities.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #914049 - 04/16/06 10:31 AM

35

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914050 - 04/16/06 10:32 AM

BTW, re youth-challenged, I get the same impression, that we're getting to be an older bunch...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #914062 - 04/16/06 10:41 AM

50

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #914063 - 04/16/06 10:41 AM

Just turned 30 in March. I think the older you are the more disposable income you have to spend on hobbies...that may be a reason you don't see as many younger people. Therefore, the more "mature" crowd here needs to start donating their telescopes to us younger people to carry on the tradition.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jamie76]
      #914075 - 04/16/06 10:50 AM

Jon don't want to ruin your stats but...a long 64. Been in and out of the hobby since I was 10.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #914079 - 04/16/06 10:55 AM

Im 14.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #914080 - 04/16/06 10:55 AM

I'm 31

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Maverick]
      #914092 - 04/16/06 11:05 AM

36.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Todd]
      #914100 - 04/16/06 11:11 AM

Harry Truman had been president for three years when I took up this hobby. 67!
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914101 - 04/16/06 11:11 AM

An "older bunch"? Nah, I still think there's new people getting into the hobby.

24 here, started at this when I was 14, did astrophotography at 15, CCD imaging at 16, and became a dedicated "serious" observer at 17.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914103 - 04/16/06 11:13 AM

Quote:

Hello Folks...

Over on Astromart someone suggested that there were very few young astronomers these days




I think there are lots of "young" astronomers (I'm 69).

I started at 16 using a 6" newt on a pier (a high school friend's) in Tigard, OR .. a suburb of Portland. So I've been at it, off and on, for 53 years.

Phil

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Todd]
      #914106 - 04/16/06 11:18 AM

37.
I think Astronomy takes a little patience that a older person has.

Allen Sellick

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914107 - 04/16/06 11:20 AM

Well it's been a while since I tried to figure out my age and I think the only way to prove it scientifically would be to cut me in half and count the rings, I'm not really up to that yet,so I'll guess 56
Be Well
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #914109 - 04/16/06 11:21 AM

18, in the bussines since 2003

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #914110 - 04/16/06 11:21 AM

40

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Ricky]
      #914115 - 04/16/06 11:27 AM

30 in February.
First telescope at 9, second at 13, third at 23, fourth at 30...And on, and on...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: TITAN]
      #914120 - 04/16/06 11:31 AM

I'm twenty sev... thirty sev... 47!
How did I get here so fast? Still feel like 27.

47.

Mike

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914126 - 04/16/06 11:35 AM

Medicare age-65! Always been interested in Astronomy, but didn't get my first scope until last year.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914130 - 04/16/06 11:37 AM

23. Wow, I didn't think I would be one of the youngest when I read the first post. I think it's almost true ....

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914131 - 04/16/06 11:38 AM

I'm 41 and as of December'04, I'm back from a 25 year hiatus

Cheers,

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Re: How Old Are You??? *DELETED* new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914133 - 04/16/06 11:39 AM

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Macavity]
      #914152 - 04/16/06 11:53 AM

36 in Sep!

I have always liked sci-fi stuff and bought my first scope in 1992 and been hooked ever since.

Fred

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Macavity]
      #914155 - 04/16/06 11:56 AM

47, Started mid Dec. 05 been hooked since. I wished I would have started earlier in life, because astronomy is a great hobby!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: kfred]
      #914156 - 04/16/06 11:57 AM

31 today......

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914157 - 04/16/06 11:57 AM

37 in just four months. Started in 2005. Wish I'd started in my twenties - was earning a lot more then but spent it all on motorbikes instead... hmph.

Probably wouldn't have broken my shoulder falling off a scope at some stupid speed.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mr white]
      #914163 - 04/16/06 12:00 PM

Happy Birthday Kruno

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914167 - 04/16/06 12:04 PM

I'm 53 - started this hobby almost a year ago. . . there is no turning back now. I am most sincerely "hooked" for life.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914175 - 04/16/06 12:07 PM

59 next week. I do see a trend of a lot of 'experienced' people getting either into, or back into astronomy.

I think it's because we have a little more money, and perhaps more time than when we had the kids at home.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914176 - 04/16/06 12:08 PM

Hi,

I'm 36, started with a cheap and nasty tasco refractor when I was 11. I quickly moved on to a pair of binoculars until I was wealthy enough to get my reflector, aged 23. Now I have 3 children to support I try to buy Jeff's second hand stuff.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: IanMWatson]
      #914183 - 04/16/06 12:13 PM

I'm 45. My son is 13. We're both still learning the basics.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914193 - 04/16/06 12:19 PM

Well I was in the 30's bracket, entered the 40's bracket last week. First scope built as a young teenager, (Interestingly enough also in Tigard, OR) out of the hobby for a while while I was in the military, then back in the early 90's.

Most of my observing friends are in thier 40's and 50's like myself, but one, Carter Smith is 13! He has finished his AL Messier Certificate and is working on the Caldwell. When we run a Messier Marathon together he usually ties me, this year was our third we have done. That will throw your stats off!

Andrew

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Silicon Owl]
      #914195 - 04/16/06 12:22 PM

35

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Silicon Owl]
      #914198 - 04/16/06 12:24 PM

32 I got my first planisphere around the age of 10-11 and first saw Jupiter through a decent refractor around 12. Spent part of my 20s frustrated by a bad Tasco 3" and got my first "real" scope 2 years ago.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914224 - 04/16/06 12:35 PM

48

Enjoyed it as a kid, and just now took it up again. At least now I can afford to buy a descent telescope.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Dave Norberg]
      #914234 - 04/16/06 12:40 PM

Turned 46 in February.Started the hobby Dec/04 because of a telescope x-mas gift(department store bushnell newt )

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: kruno]
      #914259 - 04/16/06 12:56 PM

Hey Kruno: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914277 - 04/16/06 01:11 PM

Thanks !
But i must admit,after 30y. years start to fly by......

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Kruno
1x7 eyes
TS1021 102mm f/10 Achro
Olympus 10x50 DPS I Canon A530 CHDK moded
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: kruno]
      #914284 - 04/16/06 01:16 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY kruno !!!

I'll be 32 in a little over a month. Peaked thru my dads little home made refactor starting at 10 or so then took a long break until relatively recently.

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Thomas
(My Astro Photos - fairly outdated but I'm working on it)

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N 33° 09' / W 111° 33' (San Tan Valley, AZ - Johnson Ranch)


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: kruno]
      #914289 - 04/16/06 01:20 PM

42 this year. Started the hobby when I was 24.


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914298 - 04/16/06 01:25 PM

61 going on 40.
Started at 30...and still learning.
CN is a great place to learn and share!!!
THANKS TO ALL!!!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Dubboy]
      #914322 - 04/16/06 01:52 PM

I am 45.

Started in astronomy 7 years ago but had 'periodes' as a youngster too.
Now am hooked forever....

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Freddy
Obsession 18 inch #1638
Orion Optics 8 inch F/4.5 -1/8 wave optics -Vixen GP-E
22x85 Helios Apollo (=GO SS)
15x70 TS Marine (=Obie Ultra)
10x60 Helios Quantum 4(= Obie Mariner)
10x50 Fujinon FMT-SX
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Dubboy]
      #914328 - 04/16/06 01:56 PM

49 (discovered the joy of astronomy at 46 ).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scripsit]
      #914330 - 04/16/06 01:59 PM

43, and I've been serious about the hobby since I was 40.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scripsit]
      #914332 - 04/16/06 02:01 PM

17 - been into astronomy as long as I can remember.
First binoc at about 9 or 10 - first scope (A 60mm Tasco refractor) was a Christamas prezzie, shortly after I turned 13

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sarah88]
      #914339 - 04/16/06 02:06 PM

59
Back after being away for over 30+ years. Must make up for lost time!

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Ron Walker

Orion 11" XLT EQ-G
Orion 102mm Mak
Burgess 38mm
Stratus 21mm
Stratus 13mm
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sarah88]
      #914354 - 04/16/06 02:17 PM

Turned 46 in February.My first scope was a Gilbert 80X bought at The Burlington Antique pavilion in 1997.

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8 inch f/7 home made Dob.
C 9.25 Cat.
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914356 - 04/16/06 02:21 PM

19 here

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Zhengyi]
      #914396 - 04/16/06 02:59 PM

I'm 21

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #914417 - 04/16/06 03:18 PM

Hi all, 48 years young!

Did you know the Hubble telescope was ordered in 1940?

http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/hubble/specs.html

And delivered 50 years later in 1990! Glad I didn't have to wait so long for my telescope!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Levi]
      #914429 - 04/16/06 03:29 PM

I'm 55 , but at the ep I'm about 12 and loving every minute of it. This is one hobby that will keep you young at heart.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: kruno]
      #914456 - 04/16/06 03:44 PM

Kruno: You think the years fly by in the 30's, wait till you reach the 60's, they fly by faster than the International space station travels!
Carol

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Carol


AstroTech 16" Dob (Thanks ASTRONOMICS!)
Vixen 80MF
Masayumas 7.5,15,25W,35
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sarah88]
      #914459 - 04/16/06 03:53 PM

Quote:

17 - been into astronomy as long as I can remember.
First binoc at about 9 or 10 - first scope (A 60mm Tasco refractor) was a Christamas prezzie, shortly after I turned 13




Sarah, for a youngster you are very determined...Keep it up!
When i was eigtheen i started to learn the constellations and studied the pleiades for over months, i tried to determine the magnitudes from all the pleiades stars i could see in my fathers 10 x 50 Pentax binoculars...those were the days...

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Freddy
Obsession 18 inch #1638
Orion Optics 8 inch F/4.5 -1/8 wave optics -Vixen GP-E
22x85 Helios Apollo (=GO SS)
15x70 TS Marine (=Obie Ultra)
10x60 Helios Quantum 4(= Obie Mariner)
10x50 Fujinon FMT-SX
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914460 - 04/16/06 03:54 PM

i'm 32. got started with a tasco 60mm when i was a kid, but astronomy has been a serious hobby for me since about '94. the last couple of years, i've really gotten into it a lot more, with, of course, the help of cloudy nights... these guys sure know how to spend your money for you!

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-Erik Wilcox
Starstuff
Homebuilt 16" Truss Dob in Ohia Forest Observatory
(12' X 12' rolloff under Mag 7 skies)
8" Antares f/5 Newt
SV 80mm ED Nighthawk NG on M1 ALT/AZ
Nikon Prostaff 65mm spotter on Trekpod
Konusvue 20x80 binos
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #914495 - 04/16/06 04:18 PM Attachment (80 downloads)

42. The data so far:

Attachment

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Nikon 18x70s / UA Millennium                                       Colorado:
Solarscope SF70 / TV Pronto / AP400QMD                       Coronado SolarMax40 DS / Bogen 055+3130
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #914505 - 04/16/06 04:22 PM

I'm a young 45

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Rick

Lat. 44.18 N
Long. 74.31 W
6" STAR HOC f/5 Newtonian 'Amanda'- Orion Astroview w/ dual axis drives
Celestron NexImage CCD Imager
10x50 binocs
(NSO)Northern Skies Observatory...I'm finally domed with the 8' diameter Explora-Dome!!!







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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #914520 - 04/16/06 04:35 PM

17 here. I've been really into astronomy for a few years now, and interested in space pretty much all my life

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-R.J.

Discovery DHQ 8"
Celestron C4-R on LXD75
ZenithStar 66 ED Triplet
Hardin DSH 6"
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jwaldo]
      #914532 - 04/16/06 04:45 PM

50 and just starting out in astronomy, better late than never.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #914540 - 04/16/06 04:51 PM

35 here.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Attila]
      #914552 - 04/16/06 05:04 PM

I am 36. Been into this sort of thing for quite some time now. Started out at 11 with a Sears 50mm refractor. Been into it off and on since then.

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http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v287/Raven911/Astrophotos/
http://www.eye-of-the-raven.blogspot.com/

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Celestron SC6
Celestron C9.25
100mm F6/76mm F4.5/80mm F5/SV NHII 80mm F6 Achros
SBIG ST7/Canon 300D/DSI Pro Mono/Starshoot DSCI
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8 inch F4.5 Project Astrograph





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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Raven911]
      #914563 - 04/16/06 05:11 PM

54 and got hooked last June.

Happy birthday, Kruno and yes, time changes perspective with everyday past 30 years of age.

David

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #914573 - 04/16/06 05:20 PM

I'm the 7th youngest person on this thread so far.

26 years old.

Owned a telescope since I was 22, my dob for three years now.

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SkyCommander DSCs
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Brian Carter]
      #914615 - 04/16/06 05:52 PM

im 34, got my first refractor in '00 (scope hit the deck... due to kids) and just got involved again last august. i always wanted a scope when i was a kid so now im hooked.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: upsguy]
      #914621 - 04/16/06 05:55 PM

I am 44 years old. Got my 1st scope for Christmas 1968 (A 50mm table top Tasco) and have been doing astronomy on and off ever since.

Philip

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: blandp11]
      #914642 - 04/16/06 06:18 PM

26, been into Astronomy since oh 1992ish. I took a little break from it durring High School.

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Preston
Meade 10in LX200R GPS UHTC
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #914650 - 04/16/06 06:23 PM

18... Uh.. Umm..... Ok.. I'm 38.

Been into the hobby since I can remember, way back watching Carl Sagans Cosmos when it first aired... Became more involved 8 years ago when I lived where I just moved back to now and was part of the local club with observatory and 10" custom built Astro-Physics refractor... Just bought my first scope this past November...

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Neo... (Jeff)
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10" LX200-GPS/SMT UHTC "Draco"

Rockford, Il.

NeoDinian's Eye on the Sky!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914651 - 04/16/06 06:24 PM

I´m 36.
I started seriously when I was 15 years old by joining an astronomical society in my hometown.
www.sternwarte.at
but the stars always fascinated me since my childhood.

dietmar

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #914656 - 04/16/06 06:27 PM

I've been intertested since I was 5, pointed my 1st binos at the moon at 7, 1st scope at 11, and I'm 35 now.

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Yea Haa?

Two eyeballs
AP 5.1" f/6 on a GM-8 -- The Instrument
10" f/4.8 Newt on a Dob -- Marcia!! Marcia! Marcia!!!
12.5" f/4.5 Portaball -- The Cojone
Lunt LS100FHa
Fujinon Binos
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: dietmar]
      #914660 - 04/16/06 06:30 PM

I'll be 40 in 46 days.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: dietmar]
      #914661 - 04/16/06 06:30 PM

Quote:

the stars always fascinated me since my childhood.




Me, too, Dietmar .. but then I was born in Hollywood, CA (no kidding!).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914685 - 04/16/06 06:57 PM

ACK!!!!! Most of you are younger than me OHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I'm 55 as of 4/10

Happy Birthday Kruno

Rich

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Meade DSI Pro with filters, LPI
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914688 - 04/16/06 06:58 PM

I'm 25, which makes me part of the younger crowd as well.

I've been seriously involved with the hobby for about 6 months now and I'm proud of the scope / accessory collection I've been able to put together in that time. I can easily thank CN members for being there to assist in any money spending decisions I've had to make.



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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mattbtn]
      #914706 - 04/16/06 07:14 PM

Wow! I'm in the TOP 5 group! (60+).Ooooooooooh, I'm the 3rd OLDEST! How come I act so juvenile?

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Carol


AstroTech 16" Dob (Thanks ASTRONOMICS!)
Vixen 80MF
Masayumas 7.5,15,25W,35
Pentax XW5,10; XL7
TV22Pan
ES30
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mattbtn]
      #914709 - 04/16/06 07:15 PM

im 59.

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CGE 1400
CPC 1100
MallinCam Hyper Plus Color
Celestron 100 ED
CG5-GT
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: garyc11]
      #914726 - 04/16/06 07:27 PM

54

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John C

Battle Cry of Reno
http://www.wadsworthobservatory.com
My Cloudy Nights gallery

AT12RC
AT65EDQ
QSI683WSG-8
Roper Scientific Quantix 6303E "project" camera
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #914739 - 04/16/06 07:44 PM

34 here. I've been interested in Astronomy for a long time, but never really took the plunge. When Erika told me she was interested in getting a telescope in Nov 2004 we quickly bought our first, an ETX70. 18 months later we have quite a collection of scopes and equipment. I think it is safe to say we are both completely hooked.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #914743 - 04/16/06 07:46 PM

What a nice mix of folks we have here...I'm 47, been involved for the past 2 1/2 years (first Mars opposition in Aug. 03), built my own scope and bought the one I fell in love with. Now I just need to learn all the constellations, the names of the stars I'm looking at and be able to point them out at will to my friends. I'd rather just look up with my own two eyes and take in the wonder...

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Tom
Tele Vue 102mm f/8.6 on an EzTouch
Vixen 80mm f/5 A80SSWT on a grab-n-go mount


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Tom L]
      #914751 - 04/16/06 07:54 PM

I turned 47 in February, been interested in astronomy ever since I can remember. Got my first scope for my 7th birthday and have been observing on and off ever since but have really gotten back into it since I my divorce 5 years ago.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #914774 - 04/16/06 08:09 PM

63

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NJP Temma II//Sirius EQ-G
Too Many Astro-Cameras//Mallincam Color Hyper Plus
Two not-spoiled Golden Retrievers - Casey and Nelson

Lot 19 Deerlick Astronomy Village (Canis Major)


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Rusty]
      #914787 - 04/16/06 08:23 PM

39

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RCX400 10 w/ ETX125 guide scope
SV Nighthawk II, SV80S, Vixen ED115S
Takahashi EM-200
Other stuff I don't know how to use (either).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Frankv]
      #914798 - 04/16/06 08:38 PM

27. I've been a naked eye and bino observer since I've been 12. Lots of backpacking in the mountains gave great views of the stars and the milkyway. I got my first "real" scope last year.

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SkyQuest 8"
DSH 6"
Meade 114 "polaris" on EQ-2
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Haydon_5]
      #914808 - 04/16/06 08:52 PM

I'm 46. One of the first things I did when I got my drivers license was drive over to Meade (it was a little shop you could walk right into back then) and buy an 80mm F/15 refractor. There has never been any time since then without a scope and being filled with the joy of the night sky!

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Phil Agins
15" Discovery TD
10" Discovery PDHQ
5.7" Ceravolo Mak-Newt HD145
TEC 140, Stellarvue SV115T20, TeleVue-102
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Cosmosphil]
      #914809 - 04/16/06 08:55 PM

27 - been in the Hobby since Mars 03'

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: vegasMike]
      #914815 - 04/16/06 08:59 PM

I'm 27, and have been interested in astronomy for as long as I can remember...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Cosmosphil]
      #914817 - 04/16/06 09:01 PM

43

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Silicon Owl]
      #914832 - 04/16/06 09:19 PM

40 in May. I have been looking up all my life but sadly got a scope only last May. Hopefully will spend the next 40 with great scopes and binos

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #914840 - 04/16/06 09:26 PM

55, and I've been observing since 1963 (43 years).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Starman1]
      #914870 - 04/16/06 09:51 PM

45 so far.

I think Jamie back on the first page had it right... disposable income probably hinders many in the late teens thru twenties. Younger than that are probably a host of kids with 'Department Store Telescopes' that they received as gifts, and haven't developed the bug enough to be snooping around in here. Some of those, later when school is finished and 'career' type jobs have gotten established, have the money to get some better equipment and begin researching things and stumble into this asylum.

Some of us take a little longer to thaw out long dormant interests in the sky, and sadly, some never do.
But I'd bet that is a large part of the reason for the dearth of middle-young age astronomers... it can be relatively expensive to accumulate the kind of equipment it takes to really hold someone's interest in the age of Hubble, et al.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #914911 - 04/16/06 10:20 PM

I'm 44

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Brian H]
      #914921 - 04/16/06 10:26 PM

52 this month, alas and ere long.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Brian H]
      #914922 - 04/16/06 10:27 PM

48. Been in this hobby for approx 4 years.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: chazcheese]
      #914941 - 04/16/06 10:43 PM

34 next month. However, my wife tells me that I act like I'm 14 sometimes. I'm thinking that's a good thing.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #914955 - 04/16/06 11:04 PM

I'm 38; been observing since age 12.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cildarith]
      #914971 - 04/16/06 11:18 PM

37 here.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cildarith]
      #914984 - 04/16/06 11:36 PM

Just turned 30. I've been interested in the deep dark skies for a long time, bought binoculars about a year ago, and bought my 90mm achromat in December '05.

What convinced me to take the plunge? An all-night tour at a research observatory high in the Andes in Chile (Nov '05).

And now all I can think is ... hmm, I could use some more aperture.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915007 - 04/16/06 11:59 PM

Turned 54 in February.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915022 - 04/17/06 12:12 AM

46. A couple of years ago I finally returned to the two things I'm really passionate about(after a twenty year haitus),astronomy and painting.Also,I've learned more here on CN about telescopes and astronomy in general in the past few months than I would ever have thought possible.We've got a great thing here! Phil

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: wky46]
      #915057 - 04/17/06 12:45 AM

I am 26...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: krmanish]
      #915063 - 04/17/06 12:48 AM

Chris--33.....Been observing since Christmas
Teresa --31....er i mean 29...i mean 18.....none of your business anyway


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #915074 - 04/17/06 01:00 AM

44 yrs - 1st day observing.... new toy

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: stevek]
      #915086 - 04/17/06 01:18 AM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights, Steve.
Hope you enjoy this hobby as much as all the rest of us.
Don

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Starman1]
      #915090 - 04/17/06 01:23 AM

Turned 50 last year can't beleive it!!
I'm a child of the Apollo program. Looking up at the sky at the age of three and loving the moon, I then took it up seriously at 12.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: John rombi]
      #915110 - 04/17/06 01:57 AM

25 and my girlfriend (and fellow observer!) is 21. Started naked-eye constellation identification in Nov. 04 and got my first scope in Jan. 05! I am now considerably poorer because of this hobby. Thanks Cloudy Nights! ;-)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: redvis]
      #915114 - 04/17/06 02:06 AM

50 last October.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915124 - 04/17/06 02:46 AM

I am about to turn 64 and recently got back to my Astronomy hobby. I was one of those rare Boy Scouts who obtained the Astronomy Merit Badge.
The Scout troop initially could not find anyone to properly test my qualifications until they discovered that the Astronomy Dept. head for Boston's M.I.T. resided in my town.
The wisdom and insight he shared that night with me on that hillside in Sudbury, Massachusetts will always be a special gift to my life.


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Strgzr]
      #915126 - 04/17/06 02:47 AM

27, I first got interested in stargazing when I was in my early teens living at my parents house.

Since graduating college three years ago I find I have a lot less time to observe. I think it's a lot harder to get a high paying job straight out of college these days. I had to move to a city to find a decent paying job, which means lots of light pollution, I work 10hr days and I live in an apartment which means no backyard for quick observing sessions.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Kyle]
      #915172 - 04/17/06 04:56 AM

27 yrs this Oct, been observing since last Aug.
As a newbie,hope to get more info from CNers


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #915195 - 04/17/06 06:19 AM

44

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: JoeF]
      #915211 - 04/17/06 06:59 AM

38
Caught the bug in grade school but got distracted in teen years.
Reaquired bug last year!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: JoeF]
      #915212 - 04/17/06 07:00 AM

I´m 29, and observe since 2001.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915244 - 04/17/06 08:19 AM

31

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: oToiosoiovoio]
      #915280 - 04/17/06 08:55 AM

41 in june.
Have had my 1st scope for 2yrs now.
While reading this thread been thinking
of all the times in my past when astronomy
was pointed out to me and it never took.
Was allways into sci-fi and space, but
nature was more my thing back then.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: BoriSpider]
      #915300 - 04/17/06 09:05 AM

38, pretty much a lifer. I was lucky enough to have a headmaster for a grandfather, so he made sure I was hooked from an early age !

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #915347 - 04/17/06 09:45 AM

46 going on 47 next month. Been doing this ever since an earth science prof I had in college said, "Stars twinkle and planets don't", and I found "something" with four moons around it... I knew it was either Mars or Jupiter. From that point on I was hooked. That was almost 30 years go...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #915348 - 04/17/06 09:45 AM

46 going on 47 next month. Been doing this ever since an earth science prof I had in college said, "Stars twinkle and planets don't", and I found "something" with four moons around it with a 50 year old spotting scope... I knew it was either Mars or Jupiter. From that point on I was hooked. That was almost 30 years go...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sardinia]
      #915416 - 04/17/06 10:51 AM

Quote:

I am about to turn 64 and recently got back to my Astronomy hobby. I was one of those rare Boy Scouts who obtained the Astronomy Merit Badge.
The Scout troop initially could not find anyone to properly test my qualifications until they discovered that the Astronomy Dept. head for Boston's M.I.T. resided in my town.
The wisdom and insight he shared that night with me on that hillside in Sudbury, Massachusetts will always be a special gift to my life.



I got the same merit badge! But I think what really touched off my interest was seeing the total lunar eclipse in 1961--my mother got me out of bed to see it. Or maybe it was standing outside with neighbors to see Sputnik go over in the '50s. Can't say. Everyone was looking up back then.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Starman1]
      #915435 - 04/17/06 11:06 AM

52 in a couple of weeks. I think I detect a skew towards we folks who "came of age" during the space race, as opposed to those who are REALLY interested in the hobby.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Starman1]
      #915440 - 04/17/06 11:10 AM

47 - Right near the middle of the pack here.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915453 - 04/17/06 11:18 AM

Jon

I am soon to be 38 with an ICD fitted (had a close shave or two in my time so far).

I have been an on-off atronomer ( viewing only) for about 10 years. Have been more seriously into it for the last year and invested into some new kit.

Looking forward to trying astro-photography soon

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #915468 - 04/17/06 11:35 AM

This is terrible, it took a while to figure this out; memory is the second thing to go...

...48 sounds about right.

I feel like I inherited this hobby from my dad; he was an ATM back in the 50's. I started using an old 50mm Sears refractor when I was about 5ish, ground my first mirror (a 4-1/4" f/8) when I was 11, over the years I figured I've ground something over two dozen mirrors ending with my 16.5" f/6.7 (a monster). I don't plan on grinding any more (although there is a 6" f/12 I've been putting off), but I would like to go back a re-figure some of the ones I have in storage.

Fun stuff.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #915469 - 04/17/06 11:35 AM

28, and I've been interested as long as I can remember. Got my first scope back in 1988 or so.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ForgottenMObject]
      #915487 - 04/17/06 11:55 AM

Still 49... for the next couple of month.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #915490 - 04/17/06 11:56 AM

49.99999

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: wky46]
      #915514 - 04/17/06 12:14 PM

Quote:

46. A couple of years ago I finally returned to the two things I'm really passionate about(after a twenty year haitus),astronomy and painting.Also,I've learned more here on CN about telescopes and astronomy in general in the past few months than I would ever have thought possible.We've got a great thing here! Phil




When do you think you'll paint and post some DSOs, like M42?

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #915517 - 04/17/06 12:18 PM

Quote:

Wow! I'm in the TOP 5 group! (60+).Ooooooooooh, I'm the 3rd OLDEST! How come I act so juvenile?




ZEST FOR LIFE ! ! !

(BTW, before you revealed your age, I expected you were in your twenties from your posts!)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cildarith]
      #915522 - 04/17/06 12:20 PM

Quote:

I'm 38; been observing since age 12.




I guess that means I'll be 77 when I can draw as well as you!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #915524 - 04/17/06 12:21 PM

42 yaers old been observing with scopes since '77 have had Meade 628 since '79

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915531 - 04/17/06 12:26 PM

6 & 1/2... in dog years.

(46 from a human perspective) Woof!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915532 - 04/17/06 12:26 PM

46. Got my first "real" scope a month or so ago (XT10i), but has a small 2" Tasco mom and dad bought me when I was a kid.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: bierbelly]
      #915537 - 04/17/06 12:29 PM

half century

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: F.Meiresonne]
      #915543 - 04/17/06 12:33 PM

47 now. As with many people my age, I got interested in astronomy because of the Apollo programme. My parents could never afford a telescope and my intersted waned as girls and rock music took over. When my father died in 1996 I used some of the money he left me to buy a telescope, but I never used it that much because it was too big (I have a bad back) and it was a pain to set up. After I had a heart attack 6 years ago (God I'm a wreck!) I got an ETX 90 and joined my local astronomical society and I haven't look back since. After more heart problems recently, we've decided to spend some of our savings on an observatory now, rather than wait for the mortgage to be paid off first in 6 years time.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: BoriSpider]
      #915550 - 04/17/06 12:37 PM

Boy there are some old dudes in here. No wonder I always here about portability, LOL
Just Kidding, hahahahaha

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: desertstars]
      #915554 - 04/17/06 12:38 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

I'm 37 ...

And the data so far:
Average is 41.4, stdev is 12.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Michael Morris]
      #915593 - 04/17/06 12:59 PM

I just turned 35. Got my first scope 2 yrs ago as a birthday gift. This year, I got myself a PST as a present to myself. Hmmm, that is one scope per year, yikes

Michelle

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #915622 - 04/17/06 01:18 PM

Mark: THANK YOU! (Told ya I acted juvenile)
Carol

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915631 - 04/17/06 01:23 PM

Baby

I'm 23!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: DIO]
      #915641 - 04/17/06 01:32 PM

Well, looks like i'll soon be takin' up residence in that tallish blue bar 7th from the left... 49. Which means, in dog-years, i'm slightly older than Clive!

Growing up, my Mom called me "the Sputnik Kid" 'cuz it went up in the months after i was born. Then Neil stepped on the moon the day after my 12th birthday, & even the first Viking chose the same date to touchdown on Mars a few years later in '76.

My first scope was a "Monkey Wards" 60mm refractor at ~ age 13, after which it was a 4-1/4" Edmund Sci Newtonian, then an 8" F7 Newt that my buddy & i ground ourselves during HS. The thrill of its "first-light" i attempted to recapture during Halleys return ('86) by the purchase of an 8" F6 Newt, which i dearly loved! That took me to about ten years ago whence i obtained my current rig- a 10" SCT, the "Beast".

The Beast shares eyeball time with LadyScope, but will hopefully soon be on its way into a younger buck's hands, as i have my eyes on a ~15" Dob as a "final" resting place for my astro-pursuits; The Beast & i both seem to have gained some weight since i was 39!

Cheers!
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #915653 - 04/17/06 01:41 PM

I'm 36. I was interested when I was a kid, lost interest as a teenager (as often happens with people) and got back into the hobby at 22.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Faith_J]
      #915683 - 04/17/06 02:02 PM

45, but started at 12!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Faith_J]
      #915686 - 04/17/06 02:03 PM

42 Got my first scope at 8, got a real scope 3 months ago.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jim Volfan]
      #915719 - 04/17/06 02:22 PM

51, on the cusp of 52. And I will challenge anyone here (except LivinginDixie and EdZ) to a 5K run.

And I will take on anyone, male and female, in a hair growing contest!


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Joad]
      #915729 - 04/17/06 02:34 PM

A comfortable 36 here.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Joad]
      #915734 - 04/17/06 02:37 PM

Just turned 60....been at this since I was 35 with a 5 year break about 10 years ago. Became REAL enthusiastic when I retired from light pollution and moved to N Calf. rural skies 4 years ago. Its great to be able to step out my backdoor and enjoy mag 6 skies.


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Joad]
      #915775 - 04/17/06 03:10 PM

Quote:

... And I will challenge anyone here (except LivinginDixie and EdZ) to a 5K run.

And I will take on anyone, male and female, in a hair growing contest!




Simultaneously?! Or are we talkin' separate events?

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: chazcheese]
      #915780 - 04/17/06 03:13 PM

42

Started when I was 8 with a 60mm refractor, then acquired the RV-6 Dynascope (old-timers, remember these?) when I was 13, then got the orange C-8 at 18. Moved on up to a 16" after college, then a 22" about 6 years ago and 30" 4 years ago.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915784 - 04/17/06 03:15 PM

Ya really wanna know? Well...you know those "dating" ads on some sites that say "Looking for M 18 35" in a form box?

I am one of those numbers. And I wish it were the lower one.

Justin

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Bubbinski]
      #915821 - 04/17/06 03:47 PM

53 next birthday.

Started purchasing my own 'scope and equipment about a year ago, working with DBA. But I've gazed skyward for years and years with binocs.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Bubbinski]
      #915822 - 04/17/06 03:48 PM

48. (after 30 every year seems the same). I've had an interest for as long as I can remember but it took raising my own children and the desire to share the experience to finally get my first scope last year. I wish I would have started 40 years sooner - but at least my girls will!

Kruno and Rich - Happy Birthday!!

SteveK - Welcome to CN.

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'fractors: PST, AT-66, TV-85, FS-102, APM/TMB-152
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Downward Bound]
      #915838 - 04/17/06 04:03 PM

OK, 37 years in THIS lifetime.
I got into astronomy to make me feel younger.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jmcdonald]
      #915858 - 04/17/06 04:18 PM

I turn 21 tommorow (tomorrow?)

been interested in the stars since I was a kid (not saying I'm grown up now but...) started with a small plastic Tasco refractor for christmas, as so many people here, started some more 'serious' observing about 3-4 years ago...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Joad]
      #915865 - 04/17/06 04:23 PM

Quote:

And I will take on anyone, male and female, in a hair growing contest!




Ladies and gentlemen... Start yer follicles...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #915911 - 04/17/06 05:10 PM

Will turn 40 next month

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: desertstars]
      #915912 - 04/17/06 05:12 PM

Just wait till Sectorzed posts some photos from the Mt. Pinos star party. Then you'll see what yer up against. The contest includes facial hair, I might add, in what should be a cumulative measurement. So while I realize that this does put some of the lady contestants at a disadvantage, it does even out the fact that in years past I have cut my hair due to the gender prejudice against male long hair.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #915915 - 04/17/06 05:12 PM

37.. And I am getting a 11 year old and a 2 year old interested.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Havo]
      #915951 - 04/17/06 05:42 PM

Watch the hair comments

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #915983 - 04/17/06 05:56 PM

Quote:

Watch the hair comments



Or lack there-of

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Galaxyhunter]
      #915991 - 04/17/06 05:59 PM



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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #916028 - 04/17/06 06:21 PM

I'm 34 and accumulating!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jdavalos]
      #916048 - 04/17/06 06:35 PM

I'm turning 33 1/3rd in a couple of weeks - a big day considering my other spare time activity is DJ'ing.....

I Started this whole asronomy lark when I was a kid, got my degree in it, spent a few years on a PhD then got headhunted by intraweb companies so I never finished my thesis...


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jdavalos]
      #916053 - 04/17/06 06:39 PM

22. Will be 23 in a few weeks. I'm thinking of getting my first nagler as a birthday present to myself.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: novbabies]
      #916058 - 04/17/06 06:42 PM

Novbabies,I'm working on an oil self-portrait when I can find the time(its pencil sketched now,I think it looks like me ;>))and hopefuly incorporate some sort of astronomical theme somewhere on it and use it as my avatar.In the meantime,when I can figure out how to do it,I'll probably just use a Hale-Bopp photo I took.Thanks for asking. Phil

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #916066 - 04/17/06 06:47 PM

I'm 59 and retired. I've owned a telescope since I was 13. My first scope was a 4" Criterion Dynascope that sold for $49.95.
Paul
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fully flocked aluminum tube
curved spider, Antares 1/30 wave secondary
12'x12' roll-off roof observatory
Nagler-7,9,13,16mm
Panoptic 19mm
TMB/Burgess planetary 4,6,9mm
TV-Plossls 11,15,20mm
Tak-LE 5,7.5mm
TV 2.5x barlow

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10" Home built F-6 Eq Newt. w/Zambuto mirror.
12'x12' roll-off roof observatory
6" Home built f-6 Newt. w/Dick Wessling mirror on CG-5 Eq. mount.
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: pstarr]
      #916079 - 04/17/06 06:53 PM

29, will be 30 next month. I was in the hobby when I was 9, and got serious last year.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #916080 - 04/17/06 06:53 PM

Quote:

Watch the hair comments




Lets be a little more sensitive to our follically challenged friends.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Chris G]
      #916195 - 04/17/06 08:07 PM

well I'm 68. I remember having a cardboard refractor when i was about 10, but didn't get real interested until 6 years ago, when i bought an Astroscan. I'm a visual observer who doesn't like cold weather...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #916232 - 04/17/06 08:24 PM

Quote:

Watch the hair comments




What hair?



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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Chris G]
      #916241 - 04/17/06 08:29 PM

I'm 51. Been interested in astronomy since age 7 when I received my first scope, a handheld refractor. Graduated to a Sears cardboard reflector at age 9. Enough of a geek to take a few girlfriends to the Adler Planetarium for my 12th birthday. President of astronomy club in high school. Later on, college, career, marriage and childrearing eclipsed (pun intended) my favorite hobby. Now I've more time and more discretionary income to devote to studying the stars. (Still have all of my hair as well! )

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #916245 - 04/17/06 08:31 PM

Quote:

Watch the hair comments




You have nothing to worry about, Scott.
FAB

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6.0" Konus Refractor
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: FAB]
      #916298 - 04/17/06 08:58 PM

47.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #916310 - 04/17/06 09:03 PM

I just turned 40 today, but I've been interested in the stars and astronomy since I was 8 years old. I got a hold of my father's 8x30mm binoculars and looked at the sword of Orion and was hooked ever since.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Achernar]
      #916324 - 04/17/06 09:11 PM

55 1/2, and still trying to grow up.

Mike

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Spaced]
      #916424 - 04/17/06 10:16 PM

49, will be 50 later this summer.
I remember the space race BB.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Joad]
      #916445 - 04/17/06 10:33 PM

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51, on the cusp of 52. And I will challenge anyone here (except LivinginDixie and EdZ) to a 5K run.

And I will take on anyone, male and female, in a hair growing contest!



Bring it on old man, for the 5k run. Ex Ranger here, 5k, lol I can sprint that,hehehehe
Kidding about teh old man part incase you couldn't tell, LOL
Gotta admit, you have me on the hair I am sure of.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: celestial_search]
      #916449 - 04/17/06 10:38 PM

66 and retired from Qwest Telco in 2001. In 2003 at the UND observatory a friendly astronomer showed me Arcturus in his new 8" Newton and his wife pointed out Casseopia and I've been hooked and building since then.
Great hobby/addiction.
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #916486 - 04/17/06 11:13 PM

42

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: fishman13]
      #916586 - 04/18/06 12:08 AM

Already 21 here, i.e. about 8 years of astronomy, 3 successive scopes (4.5" -> 6" -> 12.5"), 10 eyepieces (noname Ploessls -> XWs & Naglers) and two purchases thru Astromart.
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #916651 - 04/18/06 01:32 AM

I too am in the older club as you have me beat by about one year older. Time does have a faster but richer light speed for these years. Greetings to the 'Big Sky', Ralph Bennett, class of 1964 UM Missoula.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sardinia]
      #916759 - 04/18/06 07:00 AM

4 Jovian years old, 26 Martian ones, 78 Venusian ones, or nearly 200 Mercurian ones !





(In case you can't be bothered to calculate, I'll be 48 next month !)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mark K]
      #916764 - 04/18/06 07:10 AM

44 at the moment.
Happy Birthday Achernar!!!


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: djnct]
      #916843 - 04/18/06 09:21 AM

Older than I look,
Younger than I feel,
Able to make the leap to immaturity in a single bound...
Is it a duffer? Is it a pensioner?
NO!
It's AARP-man!
54 years young.

Like my 10 year old said a couple of years ago (yes, some things seem to keep working as the years go by...LOL!) on my 50th birthday, and he was a sweet 6 year old.... "Gee Dad, 50... that's like half dead..." I laughed and hugged him.....
but I guess that means I'm also half alive.... I think I'll use that half! You know. "Is the glass half empty or half full..."
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Patrick]
      #916852 - 04/18/06 09:28 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Watch the hair comments




What hair?






The stuff coming out of my ears???



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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Clive Gibbons]
      #916854 - 04/18/06 09:33 AM

54

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Applal]
      #916862 - 04/18/06 09:39 AM

Gonna be 65 ... Ride my bicycle more than most people drive their car in a year BUT... the eyes are startin' to go.. THEN..discovered CCD's and I was a kid again(8 yrs) with my 2" f/40 PCV scope with Ramsden EP..Life is good !!!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: oldguy]
      #916870 - 04/18/06 09:47 AM

Apparently much younger than I was when I started reading this thread... maybe I'll read it again

47, Started when I was eight thanks to a book by Patric Moore.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Gneiss]
      #916923 - 04/18/06 10:29 AM

Clive, I figure if I ever lose it on my head I'll have it transplanted from my back!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sardinia]
      #916945 - 04/18/06 10:44 AM

Greeting back to you! What a small world we live in. Yes, in our "golden years", time is much richer. Remember when we thought our parents were "over the hill" & "older than the hills" when they were in their 30's? I have a grand daughter & family that resides just out of Florence, Italy.
Best wishes & clear skys. (BTW, I'm in Helena)
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mark K]
      #916946 - 04/18/06 10:44 AM

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4 Jovian years old, 26 Martian ones, 78 Venusian ones, or nearly 200 Mercurian ones !




Now THAT'S a CN response....

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #916959 - 04/18/06 10:55 AM

I'm 37 and started astronomy at the age of a 11 with my first look at Saturn in a Coulter 6" F7.2 Newtonian.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #916975 - 04/18/06 11:04 AM

38 as of 2 weeks ago. Lots more young folk here than on amart.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Applal]
      #917037 - 04/18/06 11:40 AM

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Marriage, Children and Astronomy will make philosophers of us all......




Applal-

Boy, howdy! Ain't that the truth! That is, if they don't kill us off in the process

I loved your kid's "half-dead" comment, too!
TOO FUNNY!

But seems i'm feeling "half-dead" all too often... and i'm afeared i may LOOK "half-dead" near as much. But none of that worries me... its when i get to where i smell "half-dead" that i'm afraid they'll take my scope away & constrain me to watching the evening news!

And a huge CN HappyBirthday to Kruno, Taras & FarrOut Dennis! Many happy reruns!
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: loo27]
      #917046 - 04/18/06 11:47 AM

54,At least thats what they keep telling me,don't feel a day over say 24 "yeah" ,thats it 24! Started looking up when my dad got me a sears 3 inch reflecting scope at around the age of 8,never really stopped looking at the night sky since then.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mike B]
      #917055 - 04/18/06 11:52 AM

OH and HappyBirthday Kruno & Taras&FO Dennis

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #917218 - 04/18/06 01:22 PM

Born November 3, 1950. 55. Running to stay healthy since by mortal standards I married and had children late (youngest born when I was 42).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: LLD]
      #917224 - 04/18/06 01:23 PM

I've completed 45 revolutions around the Sun.
To put it astronomically I guess you could say I'm in the stage where I'm more of a product of accretion.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #917394 - 04/18/06 03:14 PM

The calendar says that I'm 48, and who am I to dispute that? On the other hand, I've seen grown-ups and they're not much fun. I don't want any part of it and refuse to grow up any time soon!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mjs]
      #917409 - 04/18/06 03:23 PM

Not to ruin the utopia but yes, astronomy is a hobby that is mostly practiced by old people, or I should better say, mature adults. Im 19, been in the hobby for 3 years but have been observing the skies since I can remember. I have add about 10 telescopes, maybe a bit more .RogeZ

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: RogeZ]
      #917423 - 04/18/06 03:35 PM

I am 35.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: BRCincy]
      #917444 - 04/18/06 03:55 PM

51.

Avatar shows my 17 and 14 year old sons.

I started in 1968 with binoculars and a neighbor with a 10" reflector. Stopped in 1972, resumed again in 1996.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Chris G]
      #917521 - 04/18/06 05:19 PM

53. Done more in astronomy in the last 5-6 years than in the previous 40 combined.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: MikeRatcliff]
      #917563 - 04/18/06 05:58 PM

Heck, I'm almost six years older than NASA! Age has its' privileges, though.. I've seen Sputnik glide overhead, watched the Space Race on the nightly news, and sat glued to the tube during the entire Apollo program. It was a time in history like no other and I'm glad to have seen it happen first-hand.
Like many other members, life got in the way and my interest in observational astronomy was kept on the back burner till time and money became more abundant. Bought my first scope in mid-'98 and have been having the time of my life ever since.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #917571 - 04/18/06 06:03 PM

Age? A nice young hopping 14 years! Can't beat those eyes can you? (Now, I just need a donated 30" Obsession to make full use of my eyes!)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: dominico4]
      #917605 - 04/18/06 06:23 PM

Hey Josh-

Yikes!... at 14 you're using a 12" LightBridge Dob!?... when i was your age i was using a 60mm refractor! And it took me 'til age 40 to get up to a ten-inch scope... I dunno about a *donated* 30" Obsession, but at the rate yer goin', you'll get there all by yourself! Just keep at it.

Besides, you don't want that much photonic exposure... it'll stunt yer growth
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mike B]
      #917676 - 04/18/06 07:22 PM

OOOOOOO Right in our faces Josh....

But that's OK, old man time being who he is your eyes will catch up to ours one of these days!!!




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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #917695 - 04/18/06 07:41 PM

I'm 38 and just purchased my first scope this month. My children are very interested and enjoy looking through the scope at ages 8 & 11. My wife is even into it, but I won't give her age!! No death wish!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #917707 - 04/18/06 07:47 PM

Quote:

Heck, I'm almost six years older than NASA!



I just had to Google that

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Gneiss]
      #917745 - 04/18/06 08:25 PM

Me 28

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Rodders]
      #917749 - 04/18/06 08:32 PM

I retired (early) in 1998...

BUT I am old enough to be receiving a Social Security Check..

Ya know what...ITS TAXABLE ...
S.O.B.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: djnct]
      #917771 - 04/18/06 08:58 PM

Thank you Mark, it's been an interesting one. Not only did I turn 40, I just learned I will be uncle Taras this November when my sister has her first child....:-)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #918010 - 04/19/06 01:33 AM

I'm 40(yikes!!)
Had my first scope at 7 and got back into the hobby at 30.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Gneiss]
      #918307 - 04/19/06 11:00 AM

Quote:

I just had to Google that




That was the idea.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #918360 - 04/19/06 11:43 AM

I'm 30. I'll be 31 in June. Been into astronomy since I was about 11 (Halley's Comet craze). Got my first "real" telescope sometime around 18 or so. Been into it ever since.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #918374 - 04/19/06 11:53 AM

If you include NASA's predecessor NACA, they go back to 1915! Plus 6 years...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: MikeRatcliff]
      #918380 - 04/19/06 12:00 PM

53, and I challenge Joad to a hair cutting contest.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Victor Kennedy]
      #918394 - 04/19/06 12:17 PM

Just turned 45 and I don't even consider growing up

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Sherk]
      #918443 - 04/19/06 12:52 PM

37, got into visual astronomy less than two years ago, but was kind of interested from age about 8.
Oh, and very late joining the thread!

Been on vacation in sunny Florida (with my binos and lots of southern mosquitos to keep me company, when I wasn't riding rollercoasters, eating, drinking or swimming).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: MikeRatcliff]
      #918470 - 04/19/06 01:11 PM

50!!! With 47 years of dark appreciation!!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: hettmoe]
      #918685 - 04/19/06 03:31 PM

Just about 24 and have been into astronomy for about 3 years.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: MikeRatcliff]
      #918945 - 04/19/06 06:27 PM

Me-59 and 1/4. Been interested since I was 8 or 9.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: paul hart]
      #919176 - 04/19/06 08:22 PM

Some stats so far:
--most popular age to be: 47 (9 respondents)
--youngest: 13 (1 son, 1 reported friend)
--oldest: 69 (one respondent)
--median age: 42
--largest age group cluster: 35-55
--only one respondent was 39 (I would've thought more of the older respondents would have remembered Jack Benny)

Note: there could be a lot more young people in the hobby than our responses suggest. For what is, I'm sure, a multitude of reasons, they may not frequent or post on Cloudy Nights.
Likewise, a lot of older observers tend to be loners and/or are considerably less likely to surf the web or post on an astronomy forum (most of the members of my parents generation don't even use computers!). So this brief poll cannot be seen to be a scientific study of the average age of astronomers.
What it can be seen as is representative of people who post on Cloudy Nights. And 14 to 69 covers a fair amount of age spread.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Silicon Owl]
      #919275 - 04/19/06 09:14 PM

42 and going on 12. Been into science in general since i could read. Got into astronomy seriously about 15 years ago and REALLY seriously about 3 years ago. (really serious translates into spending a lot of cash!)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: MikeRatcliff]
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If you include NASA's predecessor NACA, they go back to 1915! Plus 6 years...




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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #920312 - 04/20/06 01:37 PM

AAACKK! Better stick with your current avatar... yer scarin' us!


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mike B]
      #920320 - 04/20/06 01:40 PM

YIKES!!!!!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #920324 - 04/20/06 01:42 PM

Besides, you don't really wear cowboy hats in Wisconsin, do you???

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #920332 - 04/20/06 01:47 PM

The Appalachian Mountains were mere adolescent moguls when I was a boy.

Well, ok so that's a slight exaggeration, but I am still in better shape than many of them are, even after all this time. My next birthday is somewhere between the 16th and 17th prime numbers (not counting 1 as a prime number).

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: FirstSight]
      #920353 - 04/20/06 02:07 PM

Hey- d'ya know how old y'are when they gotta run a fournier series to get yer age? Old enough to put new batteries in the gonkulator! But i come up with mid-fifties for you, so y'ain't older 'n no hills! Maybe mole-hills...
mike b

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Starman1]
      #920370 - 04/20/06 02:14 PM

I am, in fact, 39. And you have to count my son, age 7, as a member. I read the site to him all the time, and he has downloaded about ten thousand images from the members' gallery. This morning I told him his uncle was coming to take him to do his favorite thing, and he looked puzzled. I said, "You know, going fishing." He said, "Oh. But that's my second favorite thing. My favorite thing is doing astronomy." This animated gif from the August 2004 Reader's Gallery is his current desktop wallpaper.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Alleline]
      #920375 - 04/20/06 02:17 PM

27

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: desertstars]
      #922580 - 04/22/06 12:30 AM Attachment (44 downloads)

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49.99999





...let's make that an even 50!!!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: StarWars]
      #923222 - 04/22/06 01:22 PM

48

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: LateViewer]
      #923325 - 04/22/06 02:37 PM

32. Loving astronomy since 13, but only had my first tellescope at 30.
More than 4 months without writing here on CN.... gosh, I really don´t like to work.
And I don't really plan to growth up (still 21 inside)

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #924688 - 04/23/06 12:59 PM

I've been interested in Astronomy my whole life but really got into it in 1990. I'm 39 now.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #925850 - 04/24/06 10:05 AM

Carol --

I resent your posting my picture! I was having a bad hair day, okay?

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cinnabar]
      #925927 - 04/24/06 11:08 AM

31 and counting...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cinnabar]
      #926009 - 04/24/06 12:07 PM


I was having a bad face day!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Carol L]
      #926194 - 04/24/06 01:59 PM

Howdy,

I'm 38. Started out around 8 years old with...can't remember anymore. It was a little refractor from sears or something. For the life of me I couldn't make it work. Then I picked up a Meade 4.5" reflector around 10 years ago for something fun to do when camping, but it didn't quite stick then, either. Then a couple of years ago, my inlaws were asking about planets and such so I got out my old scope and showed off for them. Found myself asking "this is cool, why don't I do this more often?" Sold off the 4.5 and got an XT10.

I still go through periods of a few months on, a few months off, but it's sticking pretty good now. I think I'm in for the long-haul. Lot's to learn, not enough time.

Pete


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ]
      #926360 - 04/24/06 04:01 PM

43 in people years

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #926869 - 04/24/06 10:10 PM

Just turned 53... got interested in astronomy when I sailed around Cape Horn with Ferdinand......

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: moonbat]
      #926957 - 04/24/06 11:32 PM

Moonbat, I am older than you by 11 years and got interested in astronomy by sailing with Chris Columbus and we did not fall off the edge of the flat earth.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #927011 - 04/25/06 12:32 AM

I know for a fact that I'm 29. I've been 29 for the last 16 years so there!!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #927631 - 04/25/06 01:12 PM

Quote:

... we did not fall off the edge of the flat earth.




Instead you've fallen smackdab into CloudyNights!... there be monsters here! May the force be with your checkbook

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #927731 - 04/25/06 02:25 PM

Hi John,
I'm 57 and proud of it Don't think I'd want to relive my younger life :
Marvin


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #927778 - 04/25/06 03:08 PM

I'm 49, still have some hair left and just got re-interested in astronomy about a year ago.

merk

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: rrmerkov]
      #928159 - 04/25/06 08:12 PM

32 , for at least another 11 months

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #928265 - 04/25/06 09:36 PM

Quote:

Moonbat, I am older than you by 11 years and got interested in astronomy by sailing with Chris Columbus and we did not fall off the edge of the flat earth.




Were you on the Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria???


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: moonbat]
      #928601 - 04/26/06 02:58 AM

40; hooked on astronomy since age 12.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mark9473]
      #928655 - 04/26/06 05:30 AM

35 soon!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Stefan Rostyne]
      #928686 - 04/26/06 07:01 AM

Let me see if I was on Jupiter I would still be a infant. However, here on Earth I'm fast approaching the double nickel! Stargazing brings my nerves and blood pressure back to safe modes after a hectic day! I believe a clear night sky is the most glorious object a eye can behold!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: michaelmcdermott]
      #928708 - 04/26/06 07:38 AM

42 too soon.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jmartin5]
      #928712 - 04/26/06 07:48 AM

I'm 42, but feel 20 and look 30!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Tobagoman]
      #928862 - 04/26/06 10:07 AM

Hi all, I"m 49... I was hooked at 14 after looking through my brother's Christmas Tasco at the age of 14, then life took over... Now that I have more time, money and renewed interest, I've plunged back into stargazing and am loving it!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Tom Nowicki]
      #929711 - 04/26/06 07:36 PM

I think the good news is I still have most of five decades to go before I hit the triple digit mark. The bad news is my age has now surpassed my IQ. Darn!

Dave

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers. The moon and the stars, which You have ordained. What is man that You are mindful of him. And the son of man that You visit him?



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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: AviddayM]
      #929810 - 04/26/06 08:54 PM

I just aged a year reading this entire thread

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Downward Bound]
      #929875 - 04/26/06 09:43 PM

17. Which is still old enough that I can't remember if I already posted in here or not

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: jwaldo]
      #930412 - 04/27/06 08:52 AM

I'm 25.

I've been interested in astronomy for as long as I can remember. Started doing bino observations in 2003 and bought my first scope a few weeks ago.


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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Holo]
      #930602 - 04/27/06 11:25 AM

I'm 33.

I've been interested in astronomy since I was a child. Reading to just laying on the ground watching for shooting stars.

First scope 60mm Tasco Christmas of 1997.
Second scope XT8 in 2005. This is when astronomy became a serious hobby of mine.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #930808 - 04/27/06 01:47 PM

i'm 27

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: samw523]
      #931108 - 04/27/06 04:48 PM

Flatlander42 is now 44. Like most of you, I don't play video games and I can sit on a park bench or under a starry sky and not be bored. Those are skills it takes a while to develop. Plus, I've grown to appreciate 2 other important aspects of astronomy: peace and quiet.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Pat Bohlinger]
      #933689 - 04/29/06 11:52 AM

Younger than dirt, older than water. 59 next week.

Started reading astro books as a kid, never did anything about it. Until almost 15 years ago; spouse and I were coming up on 26 years of bliss, when she said she was running out of holiday gift ideas, so if I didn't get a hobby, it was socks and underwear for the rest of my life. Shoemaker-Levy 9 was on the way for a Jovian get-together. Bought a marvelous used Meade 6" f/5 Newt while living in Virginia.

Started commuting to job in Phoenix, Arizona. Bought a used 10" LX-5 to have there. Relocated permanently to Tucson, got all $5000 worth of astro stuff stolen in a burglary the night before the move, bought a 10" Starfinder dob to tide me over and later used the insurance money to pick up a 14" Starhopper. Caught the burglars 8 months later, bought back all the stolen astro stuff except the 6" from the insurance co. for $1000 and had to add new optics group to LX-5. Went overseas for three years, picked up the ST90 for the aiplane trips and took the LX-5 with us over. Came back, swapped the 14" plus $$$$ to obseving buddy who gave the $$$$ and his 12.5" to HIS buddy for the 18" Tectron, which I got. Mount on LX-5 eventually became unuseable, wanted to get back to doing public star parties and lunar/planetary/comet watching, so picked up the Atlas-G mount. And that's how you make hobo stew.

Second favorite pastime to enjoying eight grandkids.

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Jim
South Rim Coordinator
Grand Canyon Star Party
gcsp[at]tucsonastronomy.org

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Skylook123]
      #933700 - 04/29/06 12:01 PM

30years old, but I am balding rather quickly.

Peace,
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ChrisR]
      #934135 - 04/29/06 06:06 PM

Started amateur astronomy 10 years ago at age 50.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #934150 - 04/29/06 06:21 PM

I'm 36 and still have all my hair. My dad's 66 and he still has all his hair. In fact my grandpa is 96, but dead, we buried him with all of his hair.

Hay, I'm just teasing. I know many smart bald men and am jealous. I'm not as smart as them.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: rfireton]
      #934301 - 04/29/06 09:06 PM

25 here. I feel older, but my students seem to always remind me that I look like another student.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Posaunist]
      #934363 - 04/29/06 10:04 PM

Just turned 40.
Been trying to devote more time and learn for about a year now.
Lakedawgs

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: lakedawgs]
      #934378 - 04/29/06 10:24 PM Attachment (48 downloads)



let's see ...


100 - 50 = 39

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: cinnabar]
      #936484 - 05/01/06 03:47 PM

This needs to be on a pole, so we can see on a graft what the average age is here!

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Homebrewer]
      #936497 - 05/01/06 04:02 PM

38. Had my first scope when I was 14.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: rodelaet]
      #936813 - 05/01/06 07:49 PM

I'm 22.

My first telescope about 6 years ago and now making plans for a 12" GSO dob! I just can't resist...

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Rogério Crespo]
      #936993 - 05/01/06 09:35 PM

I'm 20.

Started 8 years ago with a 60mm tasco refractor and was hooked with my first view of Jupiter. Just finished building a 10" dob and can't wait to get it under dark skies.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: ChrisW]
      #937005 - 05/01/06 09:46 PM

I will be 31 on June 30th.
Just entered this hobby 4 months ago but have been a photographer for almost 8 years now. My future goal is to combine the two hobbys into one.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #937985 - 05/02/06 01:48 PM

35 with 20 years'experience. I started with an article in "Look" magazine in 1956 which was about the (then) upcoming International Geophysical Year (1957). My Dad helped me memorize the names of the planets from a picture in that article. Two Christmases later, now 8yrs old, I received a 60mm alt/az refractor WHICH IS STILL IN USE TODAY as a finder/guide scope.
I think the one thing that spurred me on into the hobby was the public library in my neighbourhood. I devoured every book in the 520 section by the time I was 12.
Earlier comments in this thread point out another thing with which I agree; the high cost of having all the 'bells and whistles' toys. I also think that the media have made young people addicted to "SPECTACULAR/THRILL-A-SECOND/SPECIAL-EFFECTS/WOW/ZOOM/CRASH/BANG"
entertainment so that the subtlety of visual astronomy just doesn't grab the kids like it used to. As a high-school teacher I know how hard it is to compete with the modern wired world for the attention and, more importantly, the imagination of the young people.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Skylook123]
      #938039 - 05/02/06 02:12 PM

Jim-

Loved the stew! Glad you didn't opt for socks & underware...
And yeah, i remember the Jovian comet party. Next time my place. Not!... don't believe my underware could handle that...

Quote:

Younger than dirt, older than water...



... and in my case, i'd like to add "feel like mud!" if i may. Think i may be coming down with a mild case of Tuesday...

Quote:

Second favorite pastime to enjoying eight grandkids



Woohoo! Congrats!
My son & D.I.L. just informed us they're lookin' to make us something special long about Thanksgiving...
GRANDPARENTS!
mike b

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #938287 - 05/02/06 04:49 PM

Another year added yesterday, 38 and counting

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #938412 - 05/02/06 05:59 PM

Old enough to know better than I do.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Mike B]
      #938814 - 05/02/06 10:17 PM

Quote:

Jim-

Loved the stew! Glad you didn't opt for socks & underware...
And yeah, i remember the Jovian comet party. Next time my place. Not!... don't believe my underware could handle that...

Quote:

Younger than dirt, older than water...



... and in my case, i'd like to add "feel like mud!" if i may. Think i may be coming down with a mild case of Tuesday...

Quote:

Second favorite pastime to enjoying eight grandkids



Woohoo! Congrats!
My son & D.I.L. just informed us they're lookin' to make us something special long about Thanksgiving...
GRANDPARENTS!
mike b




Congratulations, Mike! I must say, they flat wear me out when we vist. Six, from two to 13. Their parents are doing a fantastic job of raising them. Live wires, curious about EVERYTHING, and incredibly well behaved. The older 4 love to go to hands-on science museums and the aquarium in their home town of Albuquerque.

Love the "mild case of Tuesday." Today I felt as though I wasn't around to see the dinosaurs make their footprints in the mud, but I was watching them set.

Best wishes on the new family member! Thanksgiving, indeed.

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Grand Canyon Star Party
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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Skylook123]
      #938883 - 05/02/06 10:58 PM

41, but also I represent a 9 year old who doesn't type.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Jackson919]
      #938933 - 05/02/06 11:35 PM

Jon,

Didn't you mother teach you that it was impolite to ask a lady her age?

Besides, I'm old enough to know better than to tell you my age.

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Re: How Old Are You??? new [Re: Nauset]
      #939280 - 05/03/06 07:27 AM