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#1 Augustus

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:02 PM

His astro blog hasn't been updated in 3 months. Is everything OK?



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:14 PM

Been wondering the same... Hope he’s ok.

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:15 PM

He got a regular gig with S&T about that time. Maybe they own all his writing now?


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:17 PM

He  posted today at 9:49 and I think he said at Christmas blog that he was not going to blog on a regular sch.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:24 PM

I always learn something from his posts. Read one this morning.

 

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:32 PM

He  posted today at 9:49 and I think he said at Christmas blog that he was not going to blog on a regular sch.

I think the concern was that, yes, although he said he wasn't going to blog with as much frequency, his entries on Uncle Rod's Astro Blog went from 1 a week, to less than that, to one in several months; so folks were concerned.

 

I don't look him up for contact on Cloudy Nights, so I'm glad to hear he's active (somewhere) and doing ok, far as we know and or as far as he wishes us to know.

 

His life... but folks care about him (and others) here.

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:19 PM

I miss him also! Always something to learn from his blogs.

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 05:05 PM

He's still here on CN and active.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:08 AM

I am still hale if not very hearty. :lol:

 

The blog, I'll admit, hasn't been updated in a while. It's not because I don't like doing it anymore...it's more that a combination of poor weather this past fall and winter, and back problems coming and going have kept me from getting out into the field as much as I have over the last 30 years or so. It's also due to the recognition that I need a break from the old AstroBlog in order to keep it fresh.

 

I am not out of the game, however. I'll have a Test Report in the May issue of Sky & Telescope. AND...if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I am running a "best of" of the last dozen years of the blog. 

 

Above all, thank you all for thinking of me. :)


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:12 AM

He got a regular gig with S&T about that time. Maybe they own all his writing now?

 

Nah...who would want to own that? :lol:

 

I like writing for Sky & Telescope. It is IMHO still the best magazine ever-ever. I still like my own little projects, too, however, and intend to get back to the Little Old Blog from Chaos Manor South this spring. :)


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:09 PM

Great news, Rod! You have really been missed!

Looking forward to S&T May issue. Yes, it is by far the best magazine.

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:48 AM

Nah...who would want to own that? lol.gif

 

I like writing for Sky & Telescope. It is IMHO still the best magazine ever-ever. I still like my own little projects, too, however, and intend to get back to the Little Old Blog from Chaos Manor South this spring. smile.gif

Good to hear everything is good. I must admit I do miss the weekly Sunday blog post, even the short “traveling this week, big blog post next week” posts. I think we all agree you’ve more than earned to right to do this as much or as little as you want to.  But do know we miss it and look forward to the next one whenever that is. 



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:58 PM

For those who don't know Uncle Rod speak:

 

Bad back = Too much Rebel Yell .  :)

 

I've learned at from the Unk. 

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 02:23 PM

He is back, indeed he is!

The May S&T test report really wants me buy that scope!

 

Arne



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 04:15 PM

I too have missed your blog, Rod.  My silence to this point is because I know you have a life, and I don't want the blog to become a burden preventing you from living it.  I do look forward to reading your next post, whenever that is.

 

Thanks for such great reading and teaching!

John 


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

For those who don't do Facebook, here's this week's blast from the past:

 

(Which, if you could click on it here, which you can't, would take you to:  https://uncle-rods.b...edux-redux.html )

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 09:30 AM

For those who don't do Facebook, here's this week's blast from the past:

Which, if you could click on it here, which you can't, would take you to:  https://uncle-rods.b...dark-skies.html

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 10:12 AM

For those who don't do Facebook, here's this week's blast from the past:

Which, if you could click on it here, which you can't, would take you to:  https://uncle-rods.b...dark-skies.html

Hey Unk do you still post updates to Twitter too?  Unfortunately I'm not on Facebook anymore.



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:32 PM

Hey Unk do you still post updates to Twitter too?  Unfortunately I'm not on Facebook anymore.

Yes...sometimes I forget to do that, but shall endeavor to remember. :)

 

And there should be a new article in a week or two, too.



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:01 AM

For those who don't do Facebook, here's this week's blast from the past:

Which, if you could click on it here, which you can't, would take you to:

 

https://uncle-rods.b...-dark-site.html

 

 

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:19 AM

For those who don't do Facebook, here's this week's blast from the past:
Which, if you could click on it below, which you can't, would take you to:

 

http://uncle-rods.bl...efland-way.html

 

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:15 PM

Rod, I would honestly love it if you gather the tutorials you wrote over so many years in your blog in some sort of e-book. of course it would need a ton of work I imagine...But I'm certain it would be a reference for so many of us smile.gif  Your blog has been of great help and a joy to read!


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:18 AM

Rod, I would honestly love it if you gather the tutorials you wrote over so many years in your blog in some sort of e-book. of course it would need a ton of work I imagine...But I'm certain it would be a reference for so many of us smile.gif  Your blog has been of great help and a joy to read!

 

Thanks very much for your kind words. I've long intended to do something like that. In fact, I've even got a Word file on my computer where I began editing all the Herschel Project posts into a book. Alas, I haven't touched it in about four years...but...I might get back to it. And I might do the same sort of thing for my tutorial posts. I certainly have the time, I just need to work up the will. :)


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:53 PM

Just a word of caution:

 

It's very true that Uncle Rod has been a great help to myself and many other amateur astronomers.  I first ran into Rod in the newsgroup Science.Astro.Amateur and consider him one of my mentors.  One thing I like about Rod is that his a practical down to earth guy that doesn't need the latest and greatest, a great observer does not need a great scope.  

 

However.. 

 

The word on the street is that the real Uncle Rod has gone over to the dark side and this person posting is an imposter.  

 

The first sign of Uncle Rod's transformation when he gave up observing with his beloved SCTs and started spending time with a seductive 10 inch GSO Dob.  

 

That resulted in further investigations and when it was discovered that the local store was not longer delivering Rebel Yell to the observatory, instead delivering Vermouth and Gin, well that was pretty much it.  Voldermort had taken our Uncle Rod.  

 

Exactly who this imposter is, it is still not clear.  

 

The question:  Is an intervention in order, should we mount an effort and snatch Uncle Rod back from the Dark side?

 

;)

 

Jon


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

Just a word of caution:

 

It's very true that Uncle Rod has been a great help to myself and many other amateur astronomers.  I first ran into Rod in the newsgroup Science.Astro.Amateur and consider him one of my mentors.  One thing I like about Rod is that his a practical down to earth guy that doesn't need the latest and greatest, a great observer does not need a great scope.  

 

However.. 

 

The word on the street is that the real Uncle Rod has gone over to the dark side and this person posting is an imposter.  

 

The first sign of Uncle Rod's transformation when he gave up observing with his beloved SCTs and started spending time with a seductive 10 inch GSO Dob.  

 

That resulted in further investigations and when it was discovered that the local store was not longer delivering Rebel Yell to the observatory, instead delivering Vermouth and Gin, well that was pretty much it.  Voldermort had taken our Uncle Rod.  

 

Exactly who this imposter is, it is still not clear.  

 

The question:  Is an intervention in order, should we mount an effort and snatch Uncle Rod back from the Dark side?

 

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Jon

 

You will be pleased to hear, Jon, that the telescope set up in my backyard is...

 

MY EDGE 800 SCT! yay.gif 

 

They do say the leopard doesn't change his spots (completely).

 

As for the Rebel Yell? The darned sawbones put his foot down about that. nonono.gif 


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