I believe we all are living a reality that only exists in our heads. In a sense, we experience only the illusions of reality as produced by our nervous systems. It simply isn't possible to experience an objective reality. Instead, our central nervous systems create models and fit incoming stimuli into these models.
To me what is important is to bond with my scopes. Bonding depends on many factors. What have I seen with it, did I enjoy my time at the eyepiece. If I have an illusion that it is somehow a special scope, more special that others, then it makes me happy. I don't particularly care if it is an illusion. I accept the situation that most things in my life are illusions that I've built. But if I am happy, living an illusion is okay. I can still go to work and make a decent living, and I certainly love my life, illusions and all.
I've been surprised when reading my detailed logs of observations many times. I'll read how wonderful an image I saw put up with my LZOS 175. I'll then check to see what the descriptions were with my GTX at other times. Oh, I see, its the same wonder full view as logged with the 175. How can that be? Well, let me check the Tak 106. No way, same description again. In each case, I was having fun and the particular scope wasn't critical.
Another slice of this is that yes, my LZOS have glowing optical reports. It makes no difference if I understand the reports or not, or whether they are accurate. Part of my bonding with the scopes has to do with their reports. It is important to me even if they are wrong and even if I don't understand them. By the way, I love my TOA 150 for a variety of reasons. I've bonded with it, I like the scope, I like the images. The TOA has no report, but it has other things that me love it.
I am an adaptable creature. I adapted to my TV 85 and loved it. Had many great experiences with it. I don't care if it shows colors (it does). I've had more moving experiences with it than my AP 180. Why? I don't know, I guess it is just the circumstances and how I felt, where I was, the excitement of discovery. I can get used to most anything. I believe I would be happy with most any scope. I can always build a story in my head that causes me to love the instrument and enjoy my time with it. Some will claim that it is only the view that you see in the eyepiece that matters. For me this isn't true. Instead it is everything. The history of the scope, what I paid for it, the experiences with it, on and on ... and yes, its report if it has one.
Dave, I ran a thread on the IIS forum on the role of "imagination in visual astronomy", in which part of the discussion touches on what i call "wishful seeing". In brief, what visual astronomers see is in part determined by photos they have seen of the object they are looking at; because you know It's there, you think you can see it.
If your interested, the thread is here:
Edited by glend, 07 August 2018 - 05:58 PM.