The "I like ______." thread
Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:07 PM
I like streaking at star parties...
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:46 PM
I love old star atlases and old astronomy books. My all-time fav is Burnham's 3 volume set. On a snowy night, I love sitting by the fireplace and reading through his amazing descriptions of various sky objects. Its fascinating to see how much we "knew" back then and also to use the Interwebs (a series of tubes invented by Al Gore) to see what the updated information is on that binary star system, or that far flung galaxy.
Another all-time favourite book of mine is "The Handbook of Astronomy" by James Muirden published in 1964. I bought it for $5 at some used book store, and I think I've read it cover-to-cover like 100 times. Again I am fascinated not only by how much they did know back then, but also what they didn't know (but that we know now).
Plus, old books smell FANTASTIC!
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:33 PM
Spent an evening with my wife at a special dinner event. A blind barkeeper would lead us into a totally dark room, introducing us to his own everyday world of living in eternal darkness. It was amazing and frightening at the same time. I felt uneasy but then it dawned on me that I tend to take my ability to see for granted. It definitely is not.
So here you have it: I like the great gift of my eyesight so I can enjoy the wonders that only a telescope can show.
Edited by Piggyback, 10 February 2018 - 04:41 PM.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:09 PM
Yes our sight is so precious.
I often think about hobbies I would take up if I lost my sight.
No doubt shortwave listening, I always liked doing that.
I would look very seriously at radio astronomy.
Edited by actionhac, 10 February 2018 - 05:29 PM.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:03 AM
I like Meade gear. I love my Plossls! I love my HDs! I love my LXD75 and 650! I love my Autostar! I love my ETX90! I love my 0.965 MAs! I love my 127ED! I divorced (actually sold) my AR5 but I loved that too! Also my SN10 was mediocre but I loved it! The new owner loves it!
I am just trying to help the moderators. The title of the thread, and the directions, included the words "I like...". I do not see where we were instructed to post what we love.
Please, try to restrain yourself. Thank you, and carry on.
Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:42 AM
I like the brief opportunities to observe on a clear dark night. Hearing Barred Owls, or coyotes only adds to the pleasure.
I like that the weather will be warming up soon to allow observing without layers.
I like that my kids are becoming more intrigued.
I like that even though I missed out on the astronomy bug as a kid, folks on here have stooped to give me good instruction and guidance.
I like classic refractors a ton.
I like that I am learning about newts.
I like the scopes I have; Edmund, Unitron, Mayflower, Shrine Manon, Tasco, Towa, and my mystery scope.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:21 AM
I like feeling at home here.
I like the kind, helpful, and generous folks here.
I like that Cloudynights has sparked an interest for me that I can share.
I also like beer for breakfast on my day off.
Oh... Chuck said gear not beer.
Edited by Russell Smith, 11 February 2018 - 11:25 AM.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:53 AM
I love my:
- Old set of astronomy books from the 70's through the early 80's.
- Little 4" newtonian, 45 years of fond memories using that scope.
- Sometimes naked eye observing, from my patio, with my Shih Tzu observing buddy Honey.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 12:27 PM
I like the fact that in the nearly 14 years I been a Cloudy Nights member, the Classics forum has changed with the times. Scopes that at one time were generally considered not to be classics like the older C-8s have become accepted and revered.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:59 PM
I like the many facets of our hobby classic telescopes.
Your not going to find Celestron orange touch up paint at the auto parts store.
You ain't going to find Celestron orange fingernail polish in the billions of colors available.
So, yesterday I couldn't spell artist, today I am one.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:34 AM
I like packing, unpacking and DPACing scopes.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:13 AM
My two long Cartons with RKEs.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:49 PM
I like figuring out the how to, of the making things process.
I like learning how others accomplished similar and adapting their solutions to my need.
I like the original back then when it was new cost of classic astronomy items, compared to the now today cost of the same item.
I like learning my limits, then learning what is needed to push through those limits and set new limits,.... then repeat.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:51 PM
I like packing, unpacking and DPACing scopes.
Or unpacking, DPACing, and packing scopes!
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