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City Kid
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My Special Observing Project new
      #5723934 - 03/10/13 01:39 PM

When my stepdad died back in October I inherited his telescope equipment, books, etc. Along with that stuff were his observing notes. My grandson and I have decided that we are going to go through my stepdad's notes and using his (my stepdad's) equipment we are going observe all of the objects he observed. We will compare our own observations to his. It will be fun (and sad) to read everything he wrote and making the comparisons. It will almost be like having him with us as we observe. My stepdad's scope is a TMB 80mm refractor and he had it on an iOptron Cube. Most of his observations were of double stars from light polluted skies. This will be one of the projects I work on when I can't make it to a dark site. It's nice to have something to work on in my backyard. Now I just need to find a way to work it into the other 500 things going on in my life.

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csa/montana
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5723941 - 03/10/13 01:44 PM

What a nice tribute that will be to your stepdad! Doing this with your grandson will also keep your stepdad's memory alive for him.

Good luck, and keep us posted as you follow this quest!


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droid
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5724162 - 03/10/13 04:04 PM

What a nice idea, sorry to hear about your loss. Keep us up on how it goes.

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bryguy27007
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: droid]
      #5725104 - 03/11/13 01:48 AM

That's a really cool idea. No better way to honor him. Clear skies!

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kenrenard
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: bryguy27007]
      #5725303 - 03/11/13 07:14 AM

That is a very interesting project. I would be curious if you would share some of his notes you find interesting with the group.

About three months ago I bought a hard bound sketchbook to keep my notes in and have wrote in it quite a bit with what I saw. I have been able to put into words or at least try what I see or comments my 6 year old daughter makes about an object. While splitting Castor " Dad that looks like headlights coming from far away". Now I wonder will my kids read through observing notes.

Good luck and clear skies

Ken


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drbyyz
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5726362 - 03/11/13 05:08 PM

Very awesome idea. And what a great keepsake to have.

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jrbarnett
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5726571 - 03/11/13 06:38 PM

That is fantastic! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

Regards,

Jim


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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5727007 - 03/11/13 10:18 PM

Quote:

When my stepdad died back in October I inherited his telescope equipment, books, etc. Along with that stuff were his observing notes. My grandson and I have decided that we are going to go through my stepdad's notes and using his (my stepdad's) equipment we are going observe all of the objects he observed. We will compare our own observations to his. It will be fun (and sad) to read everything he wrote and making the comparisons. It will almost be like having him with us as we observe. My stepdad's scope is a TMB 80mm refractor and he had it on an iOptron Cube. Most of his observations were of double stars from light polluted skies. This will be one of the projects I work on when I can't make it to a dark site. It's nice to have something to work on in my backyard. Now I just need to find a way to work it into the other 500 things going on in my life.




What a great way to honor his memory.


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BarabinoSr
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: Madratter]
      #5730015 - 03/13/13 10:14 AM

Great Stuff! You have an opportunity to keep his legacy alive. Post pictures of the equipment for us. Gary

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City Kid
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #5753641 - 03/24/13 10:50 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my stepdad with his scope. This picture was taken of him on Father's Day 2009 when he came to our house to show us his new scope.

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City Kid
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5753645 - 03/24/13 10:51 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

This is me with his new scope.

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Kraus
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5753740 - 03/24/13 11:30 AM

He looks a tad like Walter Matthau. And a right nice project as well.

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payner
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5753937 - 03/24/13 01:05 PM

What a nice way to spend time with your grandson. You are fortunate that you have family that shares your passion for amateur astronomy. Keep us posted on the happens as you go down this adventure.

Best,
Randy


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topsideup
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: payner]
      #5754402 - 03/24/13 04:36 PM

A wonderful tribute to your stepfather ! Please keep us informed on your journey.

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GeneT
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: City Kid]
      #5754419 - 03/24/13 04:42 PM

This is what life is all about--living it, and enjoying the memories.

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ArizonaScott
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: GeneT]
      #5754434 - 03/24/13 04:48 PM

What a great way to pay tribute, and to share the hobby posthumously. Very nice.

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northernontario
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Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #5759076 - 03/26/13 08:21 PM

What an absolutely beautiful way to honour and remember.

Memories passed on, are forever.




jake


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Mike E.
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Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: My Special Observing Project new [Re: GeneT]
      #5759792 - 03/27/13 09:02 AM

Quote:

This is what life is all about--living it, and enjoying the memories.




+1

A great tribute and remembrance.


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Mike B
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Re: My Special Observing Project [Re: Kraus]
      #5760107 - 03/27/13 12:07 PM

Quote:

He looks a tad like Walter Matthau.



I was just thinkin' that!

Yes, a wonderful activity, by any standard... enriched with the memories- and even using the same equipment. You are truly fortunate- all THREE of you!

A delightful and yet sobering thot, too- that any of our observing "notes" might be used by our loved ones after we're gone! Maybe i'll put a li'l more effort into my own- at least to make sure they're (more) legible & complete; who knows... they might not be just for *me*.


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