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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6181931 - 11/07/13 10:10 PM

We have had clouds along with rain or snow for the past month.

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Megabusa
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Darenwh]
      #6182068 - 11/07/13 11:52 PM

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I gave up on the Motorcycle after getting hit from behind, knocked out, and waking up to the glorious people of Georgia just driving around me and the bike like I was trash in the road. (Can you tell I don't like Georgia,


That's sad just to leave you there like that, Did the people that hit you from behind try to help ? This P's me off just hearing this , What a disregard for Life , FWIW I never liked GA either .

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RussL
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6182398 - 11/08/13 08:07 AM

As to this being a stupid hobby, it does probably seem odd to others that we will drive a hundred miles to sit out in the cold or heat trying to see things so dim that we can only see them if we don't really look at them (averted vision).

Or maybe they saw me out one night wearing sun glasses (for observing the moon). Or...

"Oh, honey, I didn't pay the light bill so I could buy this new eyepiece." I mean, the darker the better, huh?


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csrlice12
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: RussL]
      #6182914 - 11/08/13 12:52 PM

Maybe if we passed a bill making it illegal to use public funds for lighting.........

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Doc Willie
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6184575 - 11/09/13 12:02 PM

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Maybe if we passed a bill making it illegal to use public funds for lighting.........



... or a photon tax.


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T1R2
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #6185874 - 11/10/13 02:49 AM

cause the girl across the way thinks I'm lookin in her windows, yea right..lol, although I was looking at Venus.

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karstenkoch
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: T1R2]
      #6186263 - 11/10/13 10:31 AM

Yep, another fool right here, too. It can be an expensive hobby. The observing part of it is highly weather dependent. When I get a chance to observe, it steals my precious few sleeping hours.

But, when it all comes together: weather, schedule, gear, motivation ….. I am treated to views like those which first captured my fascination and made this my primary pastime.

I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson say something like “when all you see are the things that are immediately surrounding you, they rise to an artificial level of importance in your life.” Observing stretches my vision. It connects me with things are outside of my daily grind experience. And, at the same time, it also helps me to appreciate them even more.

And, I’ll gladly take only a few nights here and there as long as I can have that.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Wisers]
      #6201284 - 11/18/13 09:15 AM

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Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."




Nice


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FirstSight
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: GeneT]
      #6201369 - 11/18/13 10:10 AM

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We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.




Oh, I can think of a few things

But I get where you're coming from, or else I wouldn't gladly own all these expensive eyepieces that are good only as paperweights on cloudy nights, a contraption that looks like a water heater that doesn't heat anything, and a handsome looking spyglass my wife won't even let me leave set up in the living room as a sculptural ornament.


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Thomas Karpf
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: FirstSight]
      #6201497 - 11/18/13 11:23 AM

Consider taking up solar astronomy.

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csrlice12
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #6201674 - 11/18/13 12:58 PM

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Consider taking up solar astronomy.




oh great, another scope.....and a solar scope at that....maybe tell the wife it's a sunlamp?


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bob irvin
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Knuklhdastrnmr]
      #6201947 - 11/18/13 03:41 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete




50 what?




There's always a post in these threads that crack me up.

But... IMHO seeing an amazing DSO or double star can carry you through weeks of clouds.

bob


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steveyo
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Loc: Upstate NY
Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: bob irvin]
      #6202454 - 11/18/13 08:16 PM

I've hit 21 mph on a geared, 29-in unicycle. Some people might think that's crazy.

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bdg
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: steveyo]
      #6202662 - 11/18/13 10:05 PM

Well here I'm with all the gear my tiny savings could buy but can't use it for another 6 months, all for living here in PNW. LOL.

BTW I too ride sports bike and climb mountains :-)


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RussL
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: bdg]
      #6203590 - 11/19/13 12:00 PM

"I study astronomy more than any other foolishness there is." --Mark Twain



Edited by RussL (11/19/13 12:01 PM)


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Rick M.
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: RussL]
      #6203600 - 11/19/13 12:05 PM

At least astronomy is cheaper than boating....

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