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#26 Tristan

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 05:43 AM

Here are my two.

Farewell John you will be missed!

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 06:19 AM

It is nice to browse through the photos in this thread, some wonderful photos of peoples scopes... and peoples too.. :) Here's some of mine...

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(That's my neighbor Rollie who is the best neighbor you could ask for.)



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(That's a model I hired, he looks like he's 6 foot tall but he's a midget, it makes the scope look taller. :) )

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 06:44 AM

6" Orion SkyQuest XT6 in my front yard

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:02 AM

8" Starsplitter Tube Dob and 80mm Vixen ED80Sf ED refractor at Cherry Springs State Park

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:05 AM

10" ATM Dob at an ASH dark site

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:08 AM

10" Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dob in my front yard

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:09 AM

12.5" Starsplitter Compact Dob at the Pulpit Rock Observatory

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:12 AM

15" Teeter Telescope Classic Dob at the 2013 TSP (with Erika Rix)

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:38 AM

Here's my humble 12" set up and ready for action....

RIP John.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:54 AM

15" Starstructure

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:31 AM

Here's my humble 12" set up and ready for action....


Gosh that's beautiful. Is that pad on your property?

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:45 AM

15in f5 Dobsonian Truss - Fullum optics

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:04 PM

Here is my 12 inch.

RIP, John. :dob:

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:08 PM

Inspiring handles and wheel system...also is that an Ipod mounted on the side?
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:31 PM

Heres my 16".

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 01:19 PM

It's amazing we can get such large telescopes now that are relatively portable.

Here's my 18" Obsession (and me) on my driveway where I use it several times a month. Just roll and go! Amazing! A simple design that revolutionized large scopes!

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

My 6 inch Orion and what I did withit on the night of the 15th.

On Wednesday evening along with my 6" dobsonian I started out in front of Metchosin store. Then after a bit I headed out to the regular Wednesday night at Pearson College with the students. On the way up the hill I met the van coming down loaded with Mark, the students and a 10" dob. They were heading towards Tim Horton's at West Shore. I followed. Unfortunately the "Trailer Trash" perpetual tailgate party crowd was less that receptive so after a short period we headed over to out front of Walmart. The Moon was less than spectacular seeing as it was full. Jupiter on the other hand was nice and the GRS was right at the meridian of the Planet. We got as good number of "Holy #$^&(s)" and "Come here you've got to see this".

On the whole it was a nice evening to do some Sidewalk Astronomy.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

My 12.5 inch

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:20 PM

And my 20 inch waiting for the Sun to set at an extremely dark location.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

so many truss scopes in honor of someone whom I heard hated truss scopes. :grin:

[I love truss scopes. ;)]
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:09 PM

so many truss scopes in honor of someone whom I heard hated truss scopes. :grin:

[I love truss scopes. ;)]


From what I understand, John Dobson loved elegant simplicity in the design of a scope. Simple scopes where most of the money went into the optics, to show objects that were previously out of reach to most people. I think it's all relative. When you consider that people are transporting 25" truss scopes in the back of Honda minivan these days compared to that scope pictured in my post above (a 24") which was transported in a customized enclosed utility trailer.. towed behind a giant diesel RV... I think the truss scope is the simpler solution.
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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:12 PM

Here's my humble 12" set up and ready for action....


Gosh that's beautiful. Is that pad on your property?

Jon


Thank's Jon & yes, that's the view from the back of my house.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:20 PM

John's contribution to amateur astronomy is inestimable.
RIP, John.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:23 PM

RIP, John Dobson. Here's a few of mine....

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:30 PM

so many truss scopes in honor of someone whom I heard hated truss scopes. :grin:

[I love truss scopes. ;)]


From what I understand, John Dobson loved elegant simplicity in the design of a scope. Simple scopes where most of the money went into the optics, to show objects that were previously out of reach to most people. I think it's all relative. When you consider that people are transporting 25" truss scopes in the back of Honda minivan these days compared to that scope pictured in my post above (a 24") which was transported in a customized enclosed utility trailer.. towed behind a giant diesel RV... I think the truss scope is the simpler solution.


I think that Dobson's minimalist philosophy was that the telescope was simply a means to an end, a tool for seeing and connecting with the universe. To him, all of the gadgets and toys were a distraction, and sometimes, an obstacle to that goal. I understand it, and I think it's a very respectable philosophy, but for me, some gadgets are part of the fun. I'm all for folks enjoying astronomy in whatever manner makes it fun for them.
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