Nights where I can't find objects that I know like the back of my hand.
What was the worst observing session that made you want to quit the hobby?
Posted 16 March 2022 - 09:20 AM
Had to be either -- sitting in a snowstorm waiting to see a super-bright comet ---- or, setting up my little 6" F/5 Newt at my Adirondack camp and then realizing - I had left *all* the eyepieces back home - a 5.5 hour drive - one way!
.....but it finally cleared to see the comet -- and I still could enjoy that Bortle 2 sky naked-eye and with 7x50 binos......
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Posted 03 May 2022 - 11:18 AM
I don't generally have as many opportunities as I'd like (time constraints, etc) for astronomy, and I usually don't get that far (the observing part of your question). Whenever I set up early for cool down under a clear sky, and then having darkness fall later, along with the clouds coming in, that is what makes me feel defeated and question my motives. At least, until the next time.... Alas, I am a glutton for punishment.
Edited by RRMichigan, 03 May 2022 - 11:53 AM.
Posted 03 May 2022 - 11:31 AM
Having my dog sprayed by a skunk when that poor animal wasn't more than 5 feet away from me and my telescope. Two week later I had a skunk walk under the tripod of my C80ED. I looked down from the eyepiece and was really shaken. There were no more nights under the stars that summer.
Came back the next season, though.
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Posted 04 May 2022 - 03:12 AM
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Posted 05 May 2022 - 10:09 AM
I had to take a nine year break from astronomy and never once did I consider quitting. As they say, absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder.
Posted 05 May 2022 - 01:41 PM
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Posted 05 May 2022 - 02:30 PM
As many have said, frustrations over weather and equipment can be tough.
I would never let these hurtles prevent me from enjoying the night sky. Astronomy is an opportunity. Even if the clouds only cleared 5 nights a year and I was stuck in a bortle 9 sky with a full moon, I would still observe.
It's easy to get frustrated over light pollution and clouds, but any observing is better than none. Would I like to observe in transparent dark skies every night? Of course! But I'll take any eyepiece time I can get. Last night I was dealing with horrible dew and rolling clouds in my light polluted yard, but I was thrilled to see the stellar point next to a faint M60. I finally caught the supernova!
Any observation is a huge win.
Posted 05 May 2022 - 02:39 PM
One of my favorites "you should quit this hobby" follows. Does anyone remember the Byers 812 equatorial mount? It was a marvelous mount for my homemade 12.5" f/6 Newtonian with Cave Optical full rotating rings. I drove an hour to a dark sky site at a campground. The access gage was locked soon after I arrived, so there would be no way in or out for the rest of the night. "Oh boy, a full night of stargazing all by myself."
As I opened the tailgate of my 1988 behemoth 9-passenger Oldsmobile station wagon I came to the realization I had forgotten to load the pedestal and tripod for the above mentioned Byers 812! Now, I've never been a big, muscular guy (I still only weigh 139) so there was no way I could cradle that 12.5" f/6 OTA in my arms.
The question is, did it deter me from a lifetime of stargazing? You bet it did NOT. I'm in my 60th year of it and hope to go as long as I can still stand upright.
Edited by Kent Blackwell, 05 May 2022 - 02:41 PM.
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Posted 05 May 2022 - 03:12 PM
Our club was partnering on an outreach one Saturday evening with and at Longway Planetarium in Flint, MI USA. For days, including day of, the forecast was for a beautiful, clear, warm evening. It was a sure thing. I picked up my friend, Paul in Attica, MI east of Flint. We headed west on I-69. Low in the west there was a long, straight line of clouds that couldn't possibly be headed east. Before long the sky was filled with a dense, dark overcast 100% cloud cover that never lifted.
The thing is, it was just cruel. Scheduling outreach here is normally almost impossible due to the few clear nights. We've cancelled more than we've actually done. But this was a sure thing. And it wasn't. I almost gave it up then.
Posted 06 May 2022 - 12:31 PM
Oh a freak astronomy accident involving me breaking 4 ribs falling off, and then falling onto my observing chair, an old ironing board number. I was using a dob at the zenith trying to get a fix on M31.
Posted 07 May 2022 - 10:46 AM
Last week, I spent close to two hours trying to find NGC 5907 "the Knife Edge Galaxy" without success. It is the last observation I need to make to complete the A.L.'s Universe Sampler Observing Program. Very frustrated!
Posted 12 May 2022 - 09:20 PM
Posted 14 May 2022 - 10:29 AM
Late 2020 hurt my back. Have not been out observing for 19 months. Wanted to quit. Thankfully, recovering. But not there yet.
Edited by Starman47, 14 May 2022 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 14 May 2022 - 12:33 PM
Perfect weather before....and looks like after.
But on that night? Rain, and clouds
Posted 16 May 2022 - 01:00 AM
When this hasn't been you day, month or even your year.......
And this kids is why we drink
At least he got to see the world, the one we live on....
Posted 17 May 2022 - 07:42 AM
I've been ill for the last month and just haven't had the energy to set up. Never mind doing any observations.
Pretty soon here the mosquitos will be back.
Posted 19 May 2022 - 10:29 AM
Nothing bad enough to make me want to quit. But I have turned in early on a few occasions. Then back at it the next day.
Posted 20 May 2022 - 04:10 AM
The toe most likely is mangled - how is the eye piece ?
Yesterday I dropped a baader Hyperion on my toe.
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Posted 21 May 2022 - 04:44 PM
A week ago i went out early to set up my 102mm ED and goto mount to test my new Baader T2 prism and 2" 38mm eyepiece Q clone70. This after a month rehab from a stroke affecting my left arm. Total frustration!` Gave up after 45 minutes. Couldn't get my alignment stars, 1 was behind trees, could'nt coordinate anything. managed to pack it al back in though. Am not giving it up yet. Next time will use binoculars to find Polaris in twilight and have better 2nd star choice. Have a small list of targets for testing. IF I can't lick this with just my 102 the C8 will be even more` daunting. Certainly do `not want to lose the `Astro part of my life. IT is about my only ligitimacy left. Hanging in there.
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