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Craziest beginner astronomy idea you had?

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#26 Keith Rivich

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 09:54 AM

When I first started observing I did more outreach then dark sky observing. I was asked quite often how the telescope works. So I thought about building a scope for my 12 1/2" mirror completely out of optically clear Lexan. 

 

A see through telescope!


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Posted 17 July 2021 - 11:26 AM

I bought a telescope, then an eyepiece, then another eyepiece, then a few more eyepieces, then another telescope, then more eyepieces, then more telescopes, and more eyepieces....think I'm ok for this week.


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#28 Mark Lovik

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 05:29 PM

During high school .. I made a telescope.

Then had a bright idea in my sight

Wanted to show it off to a girlfriend in a dark rural sky

we looked at the stars that whole night

 

Was in trouble the next month ... didn't understand why


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#29 grif 678

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 05:38 PM

My friend had a pretty good microscope for a kid, and I remember that it would do 750X. I thought that if I could borrow the eyepiece from him and put it in my scope, I would also have 750X, but I could hardly see anything, the peep hole was very small. And it would not focus.



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Posted 18 July 2021 - 02:07 PM

EAA.

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 10:16 AM

I walked into an astronomy store......the rest is all glass and mirrors.


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#32 MrPink201

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 12:53 PM

I wanted to add two more stories to the tree house with a crows nest on top as an observation deck. I can see a truck stop that’s 5 miles away from up top!
-PINK🐙

#33 GalaxyPiper

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 01:12 PM

The craziest idea I had, was that I can simply attach a camera and get Hubble photo's.

 

My other crazy idea was I wanted to build a Helicopter out of a two by four and a bicycle innertube.

My father said no...


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 10:14 PM

That perusing the CN classifieds would result in spending less money... rolleyes.gif


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#35 RalphMeisterTigerMan

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 12:22 AM

When I was eight years old, in July of 1969 I heard that the Apollo 11 CSM/LEM had entered Lunar orbit. So....I found two very old "unused" Cameras and was able to MacGyver together an 7X telescope crippled by every optical abberation, that plague Refracting telescopes, known to Man. 

 

And sure enough, I was just able to see the two Apollo 11 Spacecraft docked together...well, That's the story that I like to remember! LOL!

 

Clear skies and keep looking up!

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