What would your experience be, if you knew absolutely nothing about your equipment aside from it's specs, your use of it and the view through it?
Imagine that none of us know anything about our equipment aside from our scope being a refractor, reflector or some kind of catadioptric of a particular aperture, mounted on a GEM, Alt-Az or Dob that we also have no idea about (as to who designed it, manufactured it or where, what brand it is, or who sold it).
Imagine, that in addition to our scopes and mounts of unknown origin , we also have no idea who designed or made any of our accessories. No labels, no brands, no known manufacturer, etc. We only have our experience with them to go on.
How would this change your perception, perspective or experience with your equipment if the only thing you relied on was your own personal experience with it? Or would it change?
I often wonder about someone like Galileo (or any of his relative, or subsequent contemporaries) who had little (if any) choice in their equipment, and had relatively crude instruments, but very dark skies with which to observe.
So in using what you have (not knowing the difference between your own gear or someone else's, besides the basic design itself), would your experience be any different? If not, explain. If so, how?
Edited by MarkMittlesteadt, 06 February 2023 - 10:11 AM.