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Along with an interest in guns I have been involved with amateur astronomy for quite a while. Does anyone else enjoy this past time?
 

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I do. I sorta taught it for years with my Scouts. One of the things I loved about being stationed out West was the skies at night..I still get a charge out of watching Jupiter and his moons...that is so cool....someday I would love to have a much better telescope, maybe one I couild take picture from.
 

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I do. I sorta taught it for years with my Scouts. One of the things I loved about being stationed out West was the skies at night..I still get a charge out of watching Jupiter and his moons...that is so cool....someday I would love to have a much better telescope, maybe one I couild take picture from.
My equipment is pretty basic. I have an 8" reflector and a 3 1/2" refractor. Even without scopes a person looking in the right places can see a lot with just a pair of binoculars.
 

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Yessir. Along with shooting and photography, astronomy is one of my most prized obsessions. I would also love to be able to get a really nice telescope with a great tracking mount and do some deep sky imagery.

Alas, amateur astronomy is pretty expensive, and I have other competing interests that end up getting in the way. Either way, the vastness of the our universe never fails to be awe inspiring. I am a part of a amateur astronomy group here in MN, and have attended many of their dark sky events, although not in the past couple of years. 2 kids under 3 seems to use up alot of my time these days! :)
 

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My favorite constellation, actually a star cluster is the Pleiades,


I use binoculars a lot for satellites, meteors, etc,,,also, they are able to give you the big picture before you start looking through the big telescope.

I've found that my 25X spotting scope is pretty cool also for some applications, esp. the Moon.
 

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Wish I had more time for astronomy. Beware though, telescopes are like .22s - they multiply like rabbits (but are a lot more expensive).

Let's see:
  • 8" Schmidt Cassegrain
  • 6" Maksutov Cassegrain
  • 13" Dobsonian
  • 4" RFT
  • 3" Refractor
  • 90mm Maksutov Cassegrain
Now, this makes sense why, since I live in an area that has only 60 clear nights per year...???
 

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Wish I had more time for astronomy. Beware though, telescopes are like .22s - they multiply like rabbits (but are a lot more expensive).

Let's see:
  • 8" Schmidt Cassegrain
  • 6" Maksutov Cassegrain
  • 13" Dobsonian
  • 4" RFT
  • 3" Refractor
  • 90mm Maksutov Cassegrain
Now, this makes sense why, since I live in an area that has only 60 clear nights per year...???
Very nice collection. Any deep sky astrophotography?
 

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Count me in as an amateur astronomer. Been doing it for over forty years. own five telescopes from 80mm up to a 12.5" Obsession, plus three astronomy binoculars. Astronomy is one of the big reasons we moved north out of the city when we retired.
 

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I wish I could spend more time looking at the sky but am limited with city lights. Goldendale Observatory is a Washington State Park and has one of the largest telescope anyone can walk up to and see through. There are of course much larger but they are not open to the general public.

I've visited it many times.

Goldendale Observatory
 

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Remember Comet Holmes back in 2007? That was a pretty impressive comet in that due to our angle of visibility no tail could be seen. Just a big fuzzy ball that kept getting bigger. Even with binocs it was an amazing sight.
 

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Remember Comet Holmes back in 2007? That was a pretty impressive comet in that due to our angle of visibility no tail could be seen. Just a big fuzzy ball that kept getting bigger. Even with binocs it was an amazing sight.
I don't remember it but do Halley's Comet which was sometime in the mid-80's If I remember right.
 

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Nope, just a casual interest.
 

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Why yes I do. My primary scope has been a Celestron 1100XLT Cat on a CGE mount, Moonlite focuser, Astrozap frost tube and cap, Orion 85mm refractor and Starshooter guide scope piggy-backed on the 11" tube. I've owned this for a couple years, but I'm in the process of listing it for sale since I want to get a lighter setup for field use.

I also use a Meade 12" Lightbridge that I haul to star parties. It might go up for sale too depending on what I decide to replace a 1100 with.

Oh yeah, I'm a star geek.
 

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I went to a newly built High school in the early 70s that had a nice observatory and a planetarium (which was almost unheard of in a HS). I spent a lot of freezing cold early morning in that observatory shivering at the eyepiece. I still have interest, but I'm fascinated more now by the photos coming out of the Mars rovers...That is so cool!
 

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I am not an amateur astronomer, but I did use celestial navigation as a part of my job for twenty years.....would love to get a bubble sextant and do some sun lines to work out the rust and cobwebs......:)
 

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I grew up with a Questar!
 

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My dream home (after I either win a big lottery or invent an anti-gravity device, or something) will be out in the country far enough to get away from city lights where I could have a small observatory with a nice big scope. Oh, and a shooting range as well.

In the real world I have toyed at times with splurging and getting a good portable Schmidt-Cassagrain rig that I could tote out away from the city and do some gazing, and maybe even try some photography. It would be so cool to be able to have one of my astro-photos as my desktop background on my 'puter.

Alas, both money and time for such a hobby are lacking, so it will probably just still be a "someday" fantasy for quite a while.

And I too watched Jupiter and Venus and the moon doing their extended jostling in the evening sky not too long ago. Was that this Spring? It was fascinating. Each evening offered a different view.
 

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I don't remember it but do Halley's Comet which was sometime in the mid-80's If I remember right.
Halley's last appearance was in fact in the mid 80's. Given that it's next perihelion will be 76 years from then, it will be back around 2060.
 
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