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MikeBOKC
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2013 astro resolution?
      #5584496 - 12/22/12 06:40 PM

Time for new years resolutions, often related to equipment purchases or upgrades, holy grail targets, lists to complete or events to attend or trips to ideal viewing locations. Mine is to add a larger aperture scope for dark sky use, likely 16 inches. What's yours?

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cliff mygatt
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5584508 - 12/22/12 06:50 PM

I intend to complete the Astro League Asterism club this year.

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Pinbout
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5584563 - 12/22/12 07:23 PM

Quote:

What's yours?





to finish the projects I've started



and to start new projects I haven't.



I really want to build my 10in f8



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kenrenard
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5584617 - 12/22/12 07:58 PM

I would like to finish the Messier objects, and work on getting better with sketching.

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bassplayer142
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5584679 - 12/22/12 08:42 PM

Get out and observe! I want to get out and hopefully catch some black skies.

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KidOrion
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: bassplayer142]
      #5584740 - 12/22/12 09:30 PM

1) Make better use of moonlit nights by adding the Lunar Club and the Carbon Star Club to my list of observing projects.

2) Finish building Frankenscope.


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kfiscus
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5584747 - 12/22/12 09:37 PM

Two words: Horse Head

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Staredge
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5584764 - 12/22/12 09:51 PM

Finish a few AL clubs.
Actually get out and observe more.
Start going to the local astronomy club meetings.
Make it to a big star party.
Get the mirror for the 6" re-silvered and learn how to collimate it.


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Michael Rapp
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Staredge]
      #5584771 - 12/22/12 09:58 PM

Slow down, sketch, and observe.

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5584825 - 12/22/12 10:37 PM

More imaging this year.

David


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Dennis_S253
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5584855 - 12/22/12 11:14 PM

Starting the Messier list from scratch, again. Keeping a better observation log, this time. Finding as many Globular clusters and Galaxy's as possible with my 6" scope. Enjoying myself and taking my time. The only new stuff coming my way is a Celestron specality tool for collimation and a zhumell "see it all filter set". Clear skies....

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5585117 - 12/23/12 05:24 AM

My 2013 Astro-Resolutions:

- Stop growing older.

- Get better eyes.

- Get more involved in outreach

- Spend more time making stuff, less time buying stuff.

- Thin out the herd...

- Learn some new doubles

Jon


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edwincjones
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5585156 - 12/23/12 07:05 AM

just enjoy life

edj


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thomas68
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5585191 - 12/23/12 08:08 AM

More quiet nights observing!

Tom


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Doc Willie
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: thomas68]
      #5585232 - 12/23/12 08:57 AM

I resolve to serve as president of my astronomy club to the best of my ability.

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Tim Gilliland
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5585243 - 12/23/12 09:05 AM

Quote:

More imaging this year.

David




+1


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azure1961p
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5585247 - 12/23/12 09:10 AM

Quote:

Two words: Horse Head




Think that's one word.

Pete


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azure1961p
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5585252 - 12/23/12 09:17 AM

Ok my New Years Astro Resolutions:

1. Finish my equatorial platform for my dob.
2. Get a full set of TV oculars plossls for my bino viewers.
3. Give the old reflector a face lift: new end rings, new spider secondary holder and recoat mirrors.

Observationaly: 1. See more detail on all four Galilean moons
2. See mars polar cap on a 4" disc
3. Elongate a 0.25" double with my 8"
4. Revisit springtime galaxies with my newly recoated
Mirrors.



Pete


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Dave74
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5585404 - 12/23/12 11:16 AM

Attend stellafane.

Start attending local group meetings

Sketch lunar features.

Happy Holidays and Clear Skies, everyone


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opticsguy
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Dave74]
      #5585417 - 12/23/12 11:27 AM

1 Make a decision for design and construction of an observatory. Come help me pleeeeze . . . . :-)

2 Chase more eclipses

3 Observe more with my astro friends.


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FirstSight
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5585422 - 12/23/12 11:31 AM

I firmly resolve to be more resolute. OK, aside from being cute with words, what I mean is being more resolute to take whatever opportunities to observe that I have, even if it means heading out into cold weather to do so and all the extra clothes that takes.

It's so much easier to be an armchair observer here in Cloudy Nights than a real observer outside in 28 degree temps.

Edited by FirstSight (12/23/12 11:32 AM)


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petely
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5585576 - 12/23/12 12:59 PM

Quote:

- Thin out the herd...




Gulp! I hope that nobody on here is part of "the herd"

My resolution (to add to the list of last year's resolutions ... and the year before) is to build my observatory.


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azure1961p
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5585577 - 12/23/12 01:00 PM

I can't say one or two were ever a problem for me.

Pete


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Qwickdraw
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5585600 - 12/23/12 01:15 PM

Quote:

Quote:

What's yours?





to finish the projects I've started



and to start new projects I haven't.



I really want to build my 10in f8






The chair?


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Feidb
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5586327 - 12/23/12 09:52 PM

I don't make resolutions. However, as for 2013, since the world didn't end, I'm going to continue what I've been doing. Seeing as many new faint fuzzies as I can. The Herschel 2500, finish the Herschel 400-2, the northern hemisphere Collinders, the Palomar clusters, the Skiff & Luginbuhl catalog, any others catalogs I come up with.

Continue the Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge and hopefully bring in new participants from around the country... the world.

Get out as many good weather nights as I can.

Continue showing the tourist objects at outreach events. Hopefully inspire others to take up the hobby with a sane perspective.

Continue writing about my astronomical experiences on my web site.

Be a general pain to the astronomical community.


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wky46
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: petely]
      #5586377 - 12/23/12 10:24 PM

Mines to build a dedicated observatory instead of wheeling it out of an old and kinda dirty, shed. This past year I've bought about '2000 of rough sawn 1" oak/poplar and assorted finished pine boards for my barn and implement/animal shed repairs. It goes quick but I'm gonna try to dedicate some of that for the observatory. If I can't, the lumberyard's not too far from me

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shrevestan
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: wky46]
      #5586390 - 12/23/12 10:30 PM

Going to try to get the Messier list done. I've seen over 3/4ths of them, but it was with a a go-to scope.

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Pinbout
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5586443 - 12/23/12 11:25 PM

Quote:

The chair?





ah...what's wrong with the chair?


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lintonius
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Loc: south-central Utah
Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5586570 - 12/24/12 01:17 AM

"Stop growing older."

Only one way to stop that, Jon, and I'm not ready yet! ;^)

I just want to get back into observing regularly again!
Spent the last 2 1/2 years building our new house and moving...
and just haven't had a lot of time to get out with the scopes.
I'm under beautiful dark sky now though, and while the naked eye views
are incredible themselves, I'm ready to get the optics back into full swing!
Happy New Year, indeed!
Linton


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star drop
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: lintonius]
      #5586745 - 12/24/12 08:08 AM

Petition congress for establishing a no fly zone over my area. Yesterday afternoon was clear and then the contrails began to form and fill the sky. No observing once again.

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Javier
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: star drop]
      #5586824 - 12/24/12 09:14 AM

My only astro resolution is to stop buying astro gear. I don't need any more gear but every now and then stuff just "shows up"

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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Javier]
      #5587833 - 12/24/12 10:29 PM

I'd like to work less and enjoy my time on Earth more. Any extra scope time would be most welcome.

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lintonius
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: herrointment]
      #5587840 - 12/24/12 10:33 PM

Our time on Earth ends with little, or no, notice.
Carpe noctum!
Linton


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: lintonius]
      #5588142 - 12/25/12 06:45 AM

Quote:

"Stop growing older."

Only one way to stop that, Jon, and I'm not ready yet! ;^)





LintonL

That is one method of getting better views of the stars, assuming of course the appropriate outcome... But I was thinking of just suspending the aging process a bit...

Good job on your move... your skies should be dark and clear much of the time...

Merry Christmas

Jon


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jrbarnett
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5591096 - 12/27/12 12:15 PM

Mine?

Sell, sell, sell. Whittle down on the gear front - a process begun in 2012. Consolidate down to tried and true, high quality equipment for each role.

Finish up the handful of Hershel 400s I'm missing. Complete all 110 Messiers in a single Marathon session using a 3" scope (though that looks like it will be tough in 2013 given the early dates for the MM).

Lastly, I really need to clean my primary! I have a dedicated tub, plenty of distilled water, sterile cotton, latex no-powder gloves, etc., but every weekend I had planned to do it over the last 6 months, something has come up or the weather hasn't cooperated.

Regards,

Jim


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MG1962
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5591142 - 12/27/12 12:45 PM

To make 1000 variable star observations

To never let a clear night pass me by


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GeneT
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5591687 - 12/27/12 07:36 PM

Learn to enjoy the equipment I have without always looking for something better--mainly in the area of eyepieces.

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GeneT
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5591696 - 12/27/12 07:40 PM

Quote:

Whittle down on the gear front




I'll take your Pentax 5mm XO eyepiece.


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GeneT
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: herrointment]
      #5591700 - 12/27/12 07:42 PM

Quote:

I'd like to work less and enjoy my time on Earth more. Any extra scope time would be most welcome.




At age 60 I just got tired of being tired. So, I retired. I am now almost 70. I have really enjoyed the past 10 years, especially since I now have time for astronomy.


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herrointment
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5591798 - 12/27/12 08:45 PM

Good for you, Sir.

I hope I can be as fortunate!


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bigstormgirl
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5591799 - 12/27/12 08:47 PM

After I bought my dob, I ended up buying an ED80, guider, Goto/EQ mount and Nebulosity in order to learn some AP with my T2i. Haven't taken it out once. Always took the dob out when nights were clear and just relaxed with the views. It's almost like I'm so intimidated by the whole AP thing process. So, I'm seriously going to try to set everything up when spring comes and see what happens. It almost gives me the shakes just thinking about it.

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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5594078 - 12/29/12 10:21 AM

In 2013 I'll huff and I'll puff and I"ll blow the clouds away!

Oh who am I kidding.


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5598591 - 12/31/12 07:09 PM

For me it is getting back to one of my first loves, Astronomy. I need to get out and spend time observing, read more quality astronomy subject matter and try to absorb more into my middle aged brain than I've been doing Well.... more time observing anyway! g..... Tony

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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: galexand]
      #5598610 - 12/31/12 07:18 PM

Quote:

In 2013 I'll huff and I'll puff and I"ll blow the clouds away!

Oh who am I kidding.



Can you also blow a little down here in Central Texas?? Good post and it gave me a chuckle.... Tony


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John Kuraoka
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5598776 - 12/31/12 09:27 PM

More front-yard observation time with the kids.

Finding a way to take our telescope on our Sierra camping trip. It's a tiny scope, but believe me, with four people and a dog in a subcompact car, it'll be a serious packing challenge.

Doing more with binoculars, since we have a bunch of 'em lying around.


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stkoepke
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: John Kuraoka]
      #5598885 - 12/31/12 11:06 PM

My observatory will finally be built. Yeah 2013!
Then the real fun begins...I can get LOTS more observing time.


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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: stkoepke]
      #5599770 - 01/01/13 02:54 PM

Take more time looking at stuff instead of just going object to object. Getting a sketchbook and keeping better notes.

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tecmageModerator
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5600464 - 01/01/13 10:28 PM

Get the AL Lunar II and Solar System observations done.

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JayinUT
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: tecmage]
      #5600477 - 01/01/13 10:36 PM

Since clouds are always in the way I am selling it all and sticking with birding and photography.

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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5600503 - 01/01/13 10:57 PM

Too bad Jay. I've just had two perfect sub-zero nights. My resolution is to find enough folks in Iron County to make an astronomy club.

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JayinUT
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Seldom]
      #5600533 - 01/01/13 11:26 PM

Oh, and I'm just venting. It all cycles so for this year I just put down continuing to work on the H2500 and my planetary nebula list I've made. No new equipment or eyepieces for me. Making an equatorial platform is on my to do. Be careful as in 2 years I just may look on moving south.

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Qwickdraw
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5600768 - 01/02/13 06:52 AM

Quote:

Learn to enjoy the equipment I have without always looking for something better--mainly in the area of eyepieces.




sacrilege I tell you !


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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5600938 - 01/02/13 10:18 AM

Quote:

Take more time looking at stuff instead of just going object to object. Getting a sketchbook and keeping better notes.




It's amazing how much more detail you will see, when sketching targets! It's also a lot of fun!


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faintfuzzy
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5601645 - 01/02/13 05:42 PM

I would like to get out more away from this big dome of light pollution and try to be more of assistance to others interested in amateur astronomy.

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Atl
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5608705 - 01/06/13 04:03 PM

Get a 16".

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Starman1
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Atl]
      #5610412 - 01/07/13 03:11 PM

1.Observe the Moon and planets from my patio a little more.
2.Start observing the asterisms on the download list from the Saguaro Astronomy Club. After 50 years of observing, I'm shocked at how few of these I know.


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kfiscus
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5610697 - 01/07/13 06:41 PM

Well- I guess I'm done stargazing for the year. My resolution was to get the Horsehead and I got it on my first try and without a filter (Z12) on January 3.

I will try to finish the Caldwell List. I'm 2/3 done.


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Lou3
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5611588 - 01/08/13 09:37 AM

My resolutions are:

- no obsessing over gear. I have my astronomy binoculars, and I know what telescope I'll buy later this year.
- join my local astronomy club (doing so today)
- get my son started on the Sky Puppy Program
- finish the Constellation Hunter Northern Skies Program and Binocular Messier Program
- start the Universe Sampler Program
- start sketching
- spend at least a couple of weekends observing at Cherry Springs


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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: Lou3]
      #5612693 - 01/08/13 08:51 PM

Build a $600 RoR observatory. If time/money permits start grinding my first mirror.

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JimMo
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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: AB9MS]
      #5612738 - 01/08/13 09:15 PM

I resolve to stop complaining about Michigan weather. Starting now.

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Re: 2013 astro resolution? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5613998 - 01/09/13 04:14 PM

-Mercury, Uranus and Neptune
-taking a decent planetary picture through my dob
-getting to Spruce Knob's summit for observation (bortle 1/2 site)
-actually interacting with other astronomers


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