So, turning 60 recently I decided I *really* needed to pull out & finish my custom-made dobsonian telescope, which while having fine optics was really more about wood-working, art, and honoring scientific exploration. It's been fun, checking the sky out from Colorado (hasn't changed that much - hah!), playing around with baffling (prototyping per the pic here) and introducing my daughter to the hobby. But the friends I made here on CloudyNights in 2004 (https://www.cloudyni...-the-endeavour/ ) don't seem to be around - (yeah, lost my old account in the site transition). I'm also wondering how technology has changed things. Imaging seems big (dang, I was trying to figure out what was possible while still in HS, in '79, now it's here...)... so I'm wondering whether to (a) stay the course, maybe explore the new visual 100 degree eyepieces) or (b) adapt to new technology (CCD's & image processing), or ( c ) something else? Night Vision? Heck, in my rural location (zipcode 81301) I can't even find an active club... maybe this town needs a sidewalk astronomer! I'm advanced in my career, time is short, but retirement is coming soon, What would you do if you woke up near retirement with a cool-looking custom-built 10" dob in a relatively dark area, in 2021?
Edited by durangodoug, 22 July 2021 - 12:17 AM.