Average Age and Years observing
Posted 16 September 2021 - 08:09 AM
Best regards, Richard
Posted 17 September 2021 - 02:29 PM
30 years old. Been observing for 10 years. But have been interested in astronomy since I was a kid. I think what sparked it was watching the magic school bus episode "lost in the solar system" back in the 90s.
Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:46 PM
55 years old. I started observing casually as a teen with naked eye/binoculars and a pocket atlas. Took an astronomy class in the late 80s and learned the basics of celestial navigation in the US Navy as a Quartermaster.
I purchased my first telescope in early 2020 (8 inch Dob) to give me something to do during COVID. I now have 4 scopes and am loving learning AP with a 60mm refractor
Next year I plan to buy a good mount and will hopefully have a lot of time to observe and image when I retire in spring of 2023
Edited by 72Nova, 18 September 2021 - 07:51 AM.
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Posted 19 September 2021 - 11:52 AM
Looks like most people start at 12-15 years of age . I believe that's when curiosity and understanding has a golden ratio. This is the period when they decide to learn the science of it after marveling at its beauty . And it's a lifelong one ..
Posted 20 September 2021 - 12:36 AM
21 years old, and started in 2003 (that's as far back as my memory goes, anyhow) on a red Tasco and a Bushnell 7x50--I was lucky to have parents that encouraged my interest in astronomy/the sciences. We upgraded to a Starblast in 2006 and have been using it since!
My childhood hero was David Levy, among others. Maybe it's the nostalgia speaking, but I strongly believe that his Guide to the Night Sky is unmatched when it comes to capturing the sense of wonder that I felt and continue to feel during observing sessions. Anyone, young and old, can really get a lot out of that book.
Anyway, I've been drooling over Orion catalogs since elementary school and still haven't upgraded from the Starblast. I'll finally be breaking that streak soon with a new grab-n-go visual setup:
- 8" EdgeHD
- SPDX / GPDX / SVP / some other manual EQ-5
...with any luck, anyway.
Posted 23 September 2021 - 01:10 AM
I am 65 and have been observing since 1969. I started with my dad’s binoculars and moved on to my first telescope in 1972. I guess that means I’ve been observing since I was 13.
Edited by bjkaras, 23 September 2021 - 01:12 AM.
Posted 23 September 2021 - 03:02 AM
Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:14 PM
I am almost 67 and I have been at it for at least 55 years. Here I am about 1969 with my Sears 60mm EQ refractor.
Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:40 PM
Age 71, 33 years observing. 10" Coulter Dob was the first telescope owned. Have a Stellina now and life is good... Pat Utah
Posted 23 September 2021 - 10:41 PM
66 now. Started with a 60mm Tasco around 1966. Star hopped for many years. My wife bought me a 6" f4, fork mount EQ with RA drive for our 1st wedding anniversary. Started AP in 1982. I went into hibernation from 1990 until 2017 while raising a family, then helping and playing with grandkids. Once my granddaughter started school, she became interested in space science from school (she obviously had a good teacher). So, back at it full speed. Recently purchased a 10" f4 with go-to mount. Sooooo much easier than the old days. Getting back into AP, but taking my time learning the new AP technology to make sure I acquire the best tools for the job. Very glad to hear there are many older than I. This give me much to look forward to.