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Message 1471863 - Posted: 2 Feb 2014, 7:57:00 UTC

Hello!
I think, SETI like activities is from the same direction, was science fiction, interesting in physics, astronomy, and so on.
as so i be interested, how much there interesting in SF and astronomy?
i personally interesting in SF from childhood - when i start to reading active, and found that genre as SF - i think, about from 10 years old or so on. my first top writer be a Jules Verne :)
i also from about the same time want to look in telescope to sky, but in Soviet Union in that times not be easy to purchase a telescope, as so, i purchased my first only about in 2004 - when i accidentally see in local BBS a selling small bresser 60\800 second hand achromat for about 70 USD :) i buy it, and there also started my visual astronomy hobby. there is not very good astroclimate, but from time to time is be a clear sky at nights, and i go out to observe something. my favorites is moon, saturn and jupiter, and i also try to get in DSO too ( M43 , M31, M13), as i in last year purchased 12" newtonian, and build homemade dobsonian for his....
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Message 1471873 - Posted: 2 Feb 2014, 8:43:58 UTC - in response to Message 1471863.
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Hi,

I am a SciFi book fan too. I have read all authors/titles that the local library has in its collections. From Asimov to Verne.

I have a 70/700 Skylux telescope (by bresser) and I like to make observations by pure eyesight too. I have seen the Andromeda galaxy just by eye a couple of winters ago. To be able to do that I have to go to our summerplace that is 40 kilometers away from nearest town lights.

As my other interests are computers, mathematics, physics, chemistry and I happen to be a teacher of those subjects.
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Message 1472109 - Posted: 2 Feb 2014, 22:58:21 UTC

I love sceince fiction. I have read the masters of the golden age. But today there are many fine authors writing also.
I have allways been interested in astronomy since I was a young boy. I have a cheap bushnell refracter, just a 90mm. But I did get to see the rings of Saturn with it for my first time ever. And the moon seems to be my favorite thing to look at.

I will tell a funny story on myself. Back in high school I was with a guidance counseler going over a lsit of subjects for my next years classes. I came across a subject named Cosmotology. I said O boy a class on the universe. I told her I want to sign up. She had a little laugh then told me cosmotolgy was hairdressing. I had misread the word for Cosmolgy.

One of my favorite magazines is Astronmy. I devour every issue cover to cover.
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Message 1472120 - Posted: 2 Feb 2014, 23:19:03 UTC

I think that you will discover many people here are Science Fiction fans.
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Message 1472250 - Posted: 3 Feb 2014, 7:44:04 UTC

Astronomy, yes!! SF, meh...
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Message 1472622 - Posted: 4 Feb 2014, 7:29:29 UTC

Perry Rhodan got me started with SF. I have an 8" refractor, but my GF managed to loose the base. Now I have to find someone to built me a new one.
I have held many star parties at Schools and Camping trips with it.
My dream scope would be a computerized Mead.
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Message 1472649 - Posted: 4 Feb 2014, 9:52:08 UTC - in response to Message 1472622.

woov - 8" refractor is very serious one! it is achro? what is focal length?
Meade - that s it so-so quality manufacturers, imho.
imho better is the look for synta 14 or 16" reflector on computerized dobsonian. but that is very large scope, as so i think - mostly for using as stationary. my 12" is in practically limit for me on a portability side....

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Message 1472652 - Posted: 4 Feb 2014, 10:02:26 UTC - in response to Message 1472649.

What do you meen by achro?
Not sure about the length, I would say about three feet or a meter.
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Message 1472658 - Posted: 4 Feb 2014, 10:33:01 UTC - in response to Message 1472652.

refractors can be divided in achromatic refractors and apochromatic ones ( almost completely free from secondary spectrum).
focal length is one of most important any telescope parameter.
on one of my telescopes is 100 milimeter (4")objective aperture, and 900 mm focal length, for example.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refracting_telescope

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Message 1472929 - Posted: 5 Feb 2014, 6:47:44 UTC
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I am still a bit lost. It is called a Dobson, if memory serves me right. At one time I had various different lenses, now I only have three or four.

Edit: Ok, I just checked it is an Odyssey 8 and the style is a Dobson.
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Message 1472955 - Posted: 5 Feb 2014, 8:05:53 UTC - in response to Message 1472929.

dobsonian = reflector, not refractor. refracting telescopes have lenses, reflecting ( mirror, newtonian) have mirrors to get gathered light concentrated.

in general, looks like there also is a very small number of visual astronomy interesents :) looks like it is a bit "special" hobby...

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Message 1472968 - Posted: 5 Feb 2014, 8:48:38 UTC

You are right, me bad. You may be surprised how many lurkers there are.
Since my telescope is currently unusable, I do have a good set of binoculars to view the Seven Sisters. Orion and other Winter treasures.
Stockton is very light polluted, but I may have more luck in May in England.
Keep looking up.
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Message 1472976 - Posted: 5 Feb 2014, 9:54:56 UTC

I read SF & Fantasy, but my other interests are computers and home brewing.

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Message 1473127 - Posted: 5 Feb 2014, 17:32:41 UTC

Uli - apart from being in England in May/June, with the long hours of daylight, the sky should be dark once you get up to Giggles... Provided you are up and alert between 2 and 4 am as you are only a few miles from the place in the UK which is said to have the darkest skies - the Kielder Forest (http://www.visitkielder.com/play/discover/dark-skies)
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Message 1473212 - Posted: 6 Feb 2014, 8:27:36 UTC

That could be ruff Rob.
Now if I should fall in love head over heals, this could be a different story.
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Message 1473310 - Posted: 6 Feb 2014, 15:08:04 UTC - in response to Message 1473127.

Uli - apart from being in England in May/June, with the long hours of daylight, the sky should be dark once you get up to Giggles... Provided you are up and alert between 2 and 4 am as you are only a few miles from the place in the UK which is said to have the darkest skies - the Kielder Forest (http://www.visitkielder.com/play/discover/dark-skies)



I'll bring my binoculars:)
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Message 1473394 - Posted: 6 Feb 2014, 18:46:03 UTC

Uli - Too true ;-)
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Message 1473565 - Posted: 7 Feb 2014, 2:44:28 UTC

I have been interested in SciFi ever since I arrived on this quaint little planet.
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Message 1475061 - Posted: 10 Feb 2014, 5:45:58 UTC - in response to Message 1473565.
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One time back in 1957 my brother just got home from Japan he had bought a pair of binoculars and I was looking at the stars that night in the back yard and way way out there I seen a comet. Next day in the paper "Man finds Comet" Well my name wasn't on it. :)) I have 2 pair of binoculars 1 is 8 X 10 and the other is 25 X 50 but so heavy you need a tripod for it. The stars always amazed me even way back in the early 40's.

My brother has a 8 inch telescope and man can you see with that one plus way out in the middle of New Mexico in total darkness. I'd kill to have it that good. :))

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Message 1477475 - Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 5:42:37 UTC - in response to Message 1475061.
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One time back in 1957 my brother just got home from Japan he had bought a pair of binoculars and I was looking at the stars that night in the back yard and way way out there I seen a comet. Next day in the paper "Man finds Comet" Well my name wasn't on it. :)) I have 2 pair of binoculars 1 is 8 X 10 and the other is 25 X 50 but so heavy you need a tripod for it. The stars always amazed me even way back in the early 40's.

My brother has a 8 inch telescope and man can you see with that one plus way out in the middle of New Mexico in total darkness. I'd kill to have it that good. :))

The stars in the middle of NM are indeed amazing.

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What I came to say.

I started by reading Heinlein in the late 60s, and have been reading SF ever since.
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