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Old 10-11-2019, 09:03 AM
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Default Any other amateur astronomers out there?

I used to be heavily into astronomy (until the guitar took over). I still pull the old scope out once in a while.

I took this image of moon by holding my iPhone up to the eyepiece. Not bad for a quick and dirty astrophotography shot. The scope is a TeleVue Genesis-SDF that I've had since the 90's. Still works great.







The Moon and Jupiter this past August.




Set up for solar viewing of the partial (in New York) solar eclipse a few years back.
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:44 AM
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I look up at the stars/planets once in a while. I've never had luck with telescopes. Nice moon shot.
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Old 10-11-2019, 12:13 PM
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I've been thinking about it. My grandson (age 4) is really into astronomy, and call tell you the planets, how many moons each has, what their composition is (gas, ice, rock, etc), their orbits and such ... really amazing little man. His parents just bought a house away from city light pollution and I'd love to explore the solar system with him.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:47 PM
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Astronomy as a hobby is responsible for several discoveries lately of various Earth threatening fly by items and even an incursion of an object from outside our galaxy. There are a lot of serious amateurs, all around the World, with mucho money tied up on their equipment in their "back yards". Computer coupled scopes with the TV screens displaying the skies from a directed set of co-ordinates etc. I admire their skills and am jealous of their expertise. Keep on going guys!

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Old 10-11-2019, 06:25 PM
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I built a 16 inch dob about 20 years ago, then moved to the city, parked since. Lights and clouds, only time worth looking in wisconsin is in the dead of winter when its too cold.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:37 AM
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I am still into it, after 55+ years doing it ( I joined the Royal Astronomical Society in 1963).

Here is a link to a previous thread with photos.

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=495074
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Wow! Beautiful picture. Was just checking the moon out last night from my backyard. It does have a pull on me. Full moon tonight!
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Iíve done some variable star observing years ago using 7 X 50 binoculars - large(r) aperture with lower magnification works well to reveal colour and as well lower magnification makes hand held viewing more easy to have steady images. The sky is a big place - lots of room for amateurs to look at the bigger picture for unpredictable objects too.
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I've been involved with amateur visual astronomy since I was 10. Currently, I have two scopes (8" Schmidt-Cassegrain and a 5" APO refractor) and a pair of 10 x70 Binos. Several dark sky sites are about one hour from where I live and they most are at decent elevation.

I enjoy the hobby quite a bit.
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I've been involved with amateur visual astronomy since I was 10. Currently, I have two scopes (8" Schmidt-Cassegrain and a 5" APO refractor) and a pair of 10 x70 Binos. Several dark sky sites are about one hour from where I live and they most are at decent elevation.

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I don't care to see Uranus thank you.
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I don't care to see Uranus thank you.
That is too bad...it is a very pretty blue...seriously.
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:16 PM
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I use to dabble in it a little when I was in my 20s. I had a 2" refractor and a pair of 80mm binoculars. I really wanted a Celestron cassegrain and started saving, but life got in the way. I did manage to see the rings of Saturn with that refractor though. I also briefly thought about making my own mirror for a reflector but soon realized it would take a more patience than I had at the time.

Here in the NYC area the only really good seeing was when it was freezing and looking west,

I did enjoy having a subscription to Sky and Telescope for many years and I read an awful lot of non-fiction books written by Issac Asimov about astronomy and the planets.
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:30 PM
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Yeah, love it! I've never had a telescope... lived in a city until a couple years ago where it wouldn't have done me a bit of good.

My mom was a scientist and she took my brother and me out stargazing as far back as I can remember. Every eclipse was a family event... same with meteor showers. NASA and the space race were routine topics of conversation. I was fortunate to live near a planetarium, so we were regular visitors. It's a spectacular universe we live in.

One of my first activities in the morning is usually to check out the APOD... the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Fabulous pictures, descriptions and links... and they're all archived. Wonderful site.
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