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Grimarlon Warren

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 07:56:26 AM »
As mentioned upstream, observe when you *want* to observe not when you feel you *have* to, otherwise it can become an obligation/chore that can very quickly kill your interest in astronomy. The heavens have been around for a couple of years and will be around for a couple more. Life priorities can change and that's ok. Our interests wax and wane and that's ok too. There was a thread in one of the forums about this not too long ago. As you read the forums you will see there are very many dedicated astronomers that get out every chance they get. I wish I was one of the them. I do find their posts to be very motivating and that in it self can light a fire underneath me, I don't think of astronomy as a hobby or avocation, rather something I just really enjoy doing.

Ed

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2018, 02:42:05 PM »
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Nope, I still feel the same way when I pass up an opportunity, as I did last night.

Although I completely agree with Stargezzer (post #5) that it's a hobby and not a job, I can't help but feel bad when I'm just too tired to go out. For me, through the week is difficult because I get up so early for work, and with the sky not getting dark until nearly 9pm that's close to my bedtime. Weekends I have no excuse, but lately it seems Fridays are coincidental with clouds moving in.

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2018, 01:48:01 AM »
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Considering it's been raining for the past 2 weeks here, I'd smack myself (and encourage my friends to smack to me) if I missed a good night!

JT

  What he said!

James Bradmon

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2018, 03:34:50 AM »
Whoa (in my best Joey Lawrence voice) the skies are clear today...hope it holds out for tonight

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 08:30:17 PM »
I'll admit, I had a string of 3 clear nights, and only managed to get out to the last of the three nights. That is because I work 2nd shift, and by the time I get home, I'm ready for bed. So I end up feeling guilty sometimes under those circumstances. However, on the 3rd night I did manage to bag a DSO, I think it was M64. I drew a sketch and from what I can tell, that was what I saw. The problem was, the reference stars in the area were hard to see by naked eye, so I knew transparency was going to be a problem. But I digress....I try not to let 2 straight nights of clear skies go by without at least one session. Sort of my own rule of thumb.

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2018, 10:17:22 PM »
Well I'll sleep well this weekend!

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 09:48:57 AM »
Retirement and astronomy are a very fine match!

Personally, I gave up guilt completely years ago.

Both are highly recommended.

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 12:20:00 PM »
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Well I'll sleep well this weekend!


Well ya know what, lately I have been thinking that if all I have is cloudy skies maybe I should be looking at clouds just so I can say I looked through my telescope.

Ed

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 01:14:30 PM »
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Retirement and astronomy are a very fine match!

Personally, I gave up guilt completely years ago.

Both are highly recommended.


Like a parched man crawling on the desert sands and seeing a mirage of an oasis on the near horizon I keep crawling forward. Not quite there yet.

Ed

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2018, 09:36:41 AM »
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Well I'll sleep well this weekend!


Welp... I guess I can take my mak on the roof and spy on people in the Pacmed building instead!

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2018, 11:48:37 AM »
I asked myself the same question once. And I reasoned that a hobby is not a responsibility; it is a retreat. It's kind of like a beautiful painting, a drive in the country, or a hot tub; it's something that I can retreat into if and when the need arises.

I don't work for the hobby of astronomy. The hobby of astronomy works for me. That's my view, anyway.

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Re: Astronomy and Guilt
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2018, 09:30:26 AM »
Yes it is a hobby, but I haven't had a clear night in weeks. My skies are clearing by 11pm and I'll be out with my scope waiting for this chance. Its going to be another couple of weeks until my next chance. I have skipped a night here and there sometimes for various reasons. No worries. I really enjoy observing the universe and I try to get out evry possoble chance. Im known to wake up at 3am because the sky will clear then. I'm not a slave to astronomy, but it does rule my free time.

Astronomyforfun - don't feel guilty, just enjoy what you have. I know I will never see everything the universe has to offer. My desire being the enjoyment of what I have the pleasure to observe.

Time to setup for the evening, its going to be a late one! Clear skies tonight.