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Tamiji Homma
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: ManicSponge]
      #6315313 - 01/15/14 08:17 PM

I have a few photos that I took at 2012 Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show.
That was the last opportunity seeing him and had a chance to talk to him after the Q&A session.

You can view photos from here and click next for more photos:
http://www.pbase.com/tammyhomma/image/146239592

RIP, John.

Tammy


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bunyon
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #6315355 - 01/15/14 08:36 PM

As a very young man/boy, I met him at TSP. He stopped, I think because of my age, and we had a very brief conversation about astronomy and the joy of being at a place like TSP. He then asked about my scope. I uncovered my C8 with great pride and he scoffed and said I should build my own. I suppose he might be happy to know I have one of his namesakes in my garage now but I still haven't built my own scope. As I told him, the universe doesn't need the scope my hands would build.

It's always sad to lose anyone, but 98 years and the legacy he leaves is about as good as you can do. I'd feel fortunate to do either.


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rustyprice
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: bunyon]
      #6315430 - 01/15/14 09:16 PM

Was just reading about him recently, love his Sidewalk Astronomy model. Major respects to this man.

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Astrosetz
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: rustyprice]
      #6315443 - 01/15/14 09:27 PM

Those of you who are unfamiliar with John Dobson, yes there are articles online about him, but if you can go to a library and look at some old Astronomy and S&T magazines in the late 1970s through the early 1980s you'll see how he _completely_ changed the landscape of amateur astronomy. And did it almost accidentally, and in a completely unselfish way. Amazing person.

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northernontario
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #6315490 - 01/15/14 09:52 PM

What an incredible journey this man has had.....

and he took us along for the ride....

Think I'll go outside now and look at the sky.

jake


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Bill Weir
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: DavidOpticsmart]
      #6315509 - 01/15/14 10:01 PM

Quote:

Quote:

In his memory, i'll be setting up my Z10 tonight.




That's actually a fantastic idea. Imagine if every Dob on the planet was set up tonight in honor and appreciation of the Dob-father.




Better yet show someone else (preferably someone who hasn't looked through a scope before) something.

Bill


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Tim A.
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: DavidOpticsmart]
      #6315545 - 01/15/14 10:24 PM

His journey on earth enriched so many. His journey henceforth, if there is one, is unknowable.

I truly hope, John, that you travel among the stars.

And my thanks for all you did while you traveled amongst us.


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Cotts
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Tim A.]
      #6315627 - 01/15/14 11:17 PM

That an idea can be so simple, profound, inspiring and transformative is the astonishing legacy of John Dobson, a man who was himself, simple, profound, inspiring and transformative.

A life lived superbly.

Dave


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Joe Bergeron
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: DavidOpticsmart]
      #6315668 - 01/15/14 11:52 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

In memoriam.

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Slartibartfast
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #6315692 - 01/16/14 12:12 AM

I'm saddened but thankful because I owe so many wonderous nights exploring the night sky with a telescope of his design. He made the world a better place by being in it.

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CyberKinetic
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Slartibartfast]
      #6315732 - 01/16/14 12:50 AM

He leaves an incredible legacy to the community, and will indeed be remembered long down the years.

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Saint Aardvark
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Slartibartfast]
      #6315733 - 01/16/14 12:50 AM

Tonight I took out my Dob -- first time since I got a Schmidt-Cassegrain a few months ago. It was a semi-clear night, which in Vancouver for this time of year is pretty awesome. I showed my boys (7 & 5) the moon and Jupiter, and told them the story of John Dobson: how he loved the stars, and wanted to show people their universe; how he ground his own telescope mirror from porthole windows and sand; how he made his own mount, the simplest thing that could possibly work (up, down, spin around...); how he took his scope out to show people the stars, and how to build telescopes of their own; and how he'd died today, 98 years old.

Might've been the story...might've been the sights...might've been the fun of seeing the world upside down through the eyepieces held up on their own. But they enjoyed themselves. Rest in peace, John Dobson.


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Zamboni
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Saint Aardvark]
      #6315763 - 01/16/14 01:33 AM

I was lucky enough to meet him in 1999. I was 17 at the time, and it was a chance encounter at a fast food restaurant when I was on an out-of-state high school trip. I had already been the proud owner of a 6" dob for a couple of years. He thought it was highly amusing that a 17 year old kid not only recognized him, but asked for his autograph.

I was sad I didn't have my telescope with me for him to sign.


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Traveler
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6315808 - 01/16/14 02:54 AM

Rest in peace Mr. John Dobson...

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SaberScorpX
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Traveler]
      #6315848 - 01/16/14 04:02 AM

Thanks for the inspiration, John.
That was one heck of a Marathon.

Peace,
Stephen


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acr_astro
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: SaberScorpX]
      #6315867 - 01/16/14 05:15 AM

Indeed very sad news.
I hope that the IAU honors him by naming a crater on the moon.



Achim


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Chopin
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: acr_astro]
      #6315899 - 01/16/14 06:46 AM

A truly awesome individual. His selfless pursuits to share the sky were unmatched. RIP, John.

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Illinois
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Chopin]
      #6315960 - 01/16/14 08:09 AM

Sad! RIP John Dobson!

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Seanem44
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Chopin]
      #6315964 - 01/16/14 08:12 AM

It is sad to lose a legend of astronomy, or anyone for that matter. But 98!?!?! That is some longevity. We should be so lucky to live that long. He definitely left his mark. His name is up their with the likes of Hubble. RIP.

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MikeBOKC
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Re: R.I.P. John Dobson new [Re: Seanem44]
      #6315979 - 01/16/14 08:30 AM

The International Sidewalk Astronomers inspired by Mr. Dobson promote an annual Sidewalk Astronomy Day, which this year is Saturday, March 8. They are calling for local groups around the world to get actively involved this year in his memory. Coincidentally, that is the night before the premier of the first episode of the new COSMOS series and our local club is in contact with the local FOX TV affiliate in an effort to present a star party linked to the show. This just gives added incentive for that and might be a good avenue for other groups to emulate. It would be great to have 10,000 telescopes set up around the globe that night in public places!

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