I have a confession to make. This is really embarrassing. Over the last few years I’ve really started to try to come up with reasons to NOT take my classic telescopes outside to do some observing. I look for distant clouds that might possibly come rolling in. Perhaps it’s a bit too hot and humid. That’s certainly true for the summer months here in Florida. Too many bugs! That’s a good excuse! Too much light pollution - can't forget that! But to be totally honest, it’s usually just that I don’t have the motivation and would rather sit in front of the TV and stream some movie with a glass of good bourbon in my hand.
I wasn’t always this way. Until the time I was 30 I was totally dedicated and there was nothing that could keep me from getting outside with my scope. I’d clear 2 feet of snow with a path and telescope setup area and go out in single digits with 5 layers of clothes on and stay out there until my toes and fingers were totally numb. Not anymore. Now below 65 degrees is another really good excuse not to take my classic scope out.
Maybe it’s my age (71), or the fact that it takes me 5 trips up and down the condo stairs to get all my equipment out there, or the fact that I can seldom see stars dimmer than 9th magnitude with any of my remaining classic telescopes, but I now finding myself always looking for reasons NOT to observe with my classic scopes.
Just wondering if there is anyone else here who has found themself looking for reasons NOT to observe with your classic scopes. Maybe we need a support group!
Edited by rcwolpert, 06 April 2021 - 01:01 PM.