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Will/Aspergers
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:16:15 AM »
I am still new to this and learning constellations on paper and with binoculars before I create my first 10" Dob buy hopefully in a few weeks.
It seems to me that colleges will need to adapt to not only prepare employees but to guide dreamers.  I feel like I am finally beginning school at 33.  I got a Bachelor's but with Asperger societal issues on top of neurological problems that started a few years back; I am currently on disability trying to find something to do (cover or not).
I feel like there should be thousands of others just like me that would be inspired in this direction if directed better.  I don't know how to help encourage that apart from create this post.

I really do feel very privileged to live in a time where a good telescope is cheap enough for me to save up and buy.  I have done a LOT of surveys for Amazon gift cards... Next month should be able to purchase an Orion XT10i and have enough for the fundamentals and maybe 1 or two ES eyepieces.
It is crazy how exciting this build-up is.  I have been analyzing distance, telescopes, eyepieces, etc.... for 6 weeks and haven't looked through a range yet!  I am nervous like it's a first date

I get off subject quick don't I!  Truthfully, if this really is going this well for me at age 33, I feel every parent with a kid that thinks differently compared to the "herd" should look right to astronomy considering what is up there, the low prices. . .and we want all of the great Astronomers we can get in this Planet!

(trying to determine where to invest the most time here or astronomyfourm )



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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 09:09:57 AM »
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(trying to determine where to invest the most time on; here or astronomyfourm )

Welcome Will, you're sure to enjoy the hobby...

In answer to your dilemma about where to spend time...

Under the stars using a red torch and a star atlas are the best place to start...
A fundamental planisphere and a red light will get you started on the right path...

Enjoy !

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 10:22:29 AM »
Hi Will and welcome aboard. My best wishes for your new scope!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 04:45:30 AM »
Welcome, Will. Many of the Asperger students that I've taught have had remarkable strengths waiting to be used to the benefit of the student and others. Here's to hoping you and your new scope are a dynamic duo. Good luck!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 02:32:22 PM »
I also concur with Kunama's comment. Come here and there during the day and when it's cloudy. Otherwise carpe nocturnim!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 03:06:54 PM »
Astronomy is like any hobby, it is a big rush for some, like me, and a big dud for others. I stared with binoculrs around the same time as you so I understand your journey.  I now have an Orion XT8i so I can highly endorse you choice of scope. Just make sure that moving and storing it will not be a space and weight problem for you.

The first thing you will need is a good observing chair.  Search on the Denver Chair.

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 06:23:17 PM »
Welcome to CN's! How is the sky where you live as far as light pollution?

I have had a lot of scopes and still do, but after reading a lot of posts and everyone seems to be using a Dob, I finally broke down and bought one! I bought a 10" Dob and it's becoming my favorite scope. Sure are a lot of objects visible in that scope. I have learned the sky a lot since I was a kid and still learn more every week from using this website.

I just found out 2 years ago that besides having ADD all my life, I also have some Aspergers to go with the ADD! My daughter told me about it and did some research on it to find out the way I behave. Anyway, when I'm under the stars, all is quite and peaceful and I don't think about anything else going on in my world.

Clear Skies to you Will!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 05:14:49 AM »
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I got a Bachelor's but with Asperger social issues on top of neurological problems that started a few years ago; I'm now on disability trying to find something to do (pay or not).
I feel like there must be thousands of others like me that would be inspired in this direction if guided better. I don't know how to help encourage that other than make this post.

Awesome. It can be hard to share personal details like that, but it's always a step in the right direction for society. It's great to hear of healthy hobbies helping people to cope with or even overcome mental issues, and hopefully it's encouraging to others to read your words. I don't have Asperger's, but I deal with social anxiety and I've found that doing something that requires scientific understanding and constant focus/thought (such as astronomy with an astronomical society) is a good way to shift my focus from social anxiety to a state more focused on my hobby. It's allowed me to enjoy myself and socialize at the same time. I hope you get similar positives out of it!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 08:25:30 AM »
My niece's son has aspergers. He is a wonderful person, very intelligent and very sociable--in smaller groups of people. A few months ago, he graduated from high school very high in his class. He has a girlfriend. As I mentioned, he does better in social situations where there are not large numbers of people. He self taught himself psychology and counseling methodology and plans to get a college degree with a joint major--psychology and computer science. I kidded him that maybe he would be counseling robots programmed with artificial intelligence.

He is interested in a variety of topics and hobbies, to include astronomy. He is a great conversationalist and very intuitive in his reading of people.

He did have to get some training in areas such as how to maintain eye contact when talking to people. His teachers had to remind him to turn in the homework before each class. He would do the homework, but not walk it up to the teacher before class.

You will do well with astronomy, and I wish you well as you pursue this great hobby.

Please keep us updated as you pursue your new hobby.

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 04:25:11 PM »
You will love the Intelliscope feature of the XT10i.  Use it when you like, leave it turned off when you don't need it. I think it is wonderful.

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 05:31:22 PM »
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I get off topic quick don't I! Seriously though, if this is going this well for me at age 33, I think every parent with a kid that thinks differently than the "herd" should look right to astronomy considering what's up there, the low prices...and we need all the good Astronomers we can get in this World!

Welcome, Will! I am the same age as you. I have a 2 1/2 year old son. I've been excited about the opportunity to give him a look through my telescope when he's old enough. A couple of weeks ago I wanted to try out my new 24mm ES eyepiece and the moon was looking good. I got my dob out early to let it cool down and thought, hey, the little guy is probably still a bit young but what the heck, let's try giving him a look. I sat him on my lap and asked him to point to the moon while I aimed the scope at it. I helped him get his eye in position, and he was being so good, holding his head still. When he saw it, the big grin on his face was so priceless. He pointed back at the sky and said something like "That moon small small small!" and back at the eyepiece "this moon big!" I think he said something about it having holes, as well. He looked at it for a lot longer than I thought he would before something like a bug or the lawnmower stole his attention away. I look forward to more opportunities with my little astronomer buddy

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 09:00:40 PM »
They are never too young to be amazed. The fact that he related what eh saw in the scope and in the sky is wonderful

Time to get him a telescope. Or maybe his own binoculars:

2.5X25 - $6
http://www.amazon.co... Telescope 2.5x

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 06:17:39 AM »
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My niece's son has aspergers. He is a wonderful person, very intelligent and very sociable--in smaller groups of people. A few months ago, he graduated from high school very high in his class. He has a girlfriend. As I mentioned, he does better in social situations where there are not large numbers of people. He self taught himself psychology and counseling methodology and plans to get a college degree with a joint major--psychology and computer science. I kidded him that maybe he would be counseling robots programmed with artificial intelligence.

He is interested in a variety of topics and hobbies, to include astronomy. He is a great conversationalist and very intuitive in his reading of people.

He did have to get some training in areas such as how to maintain eye contact when talking to people. His teachers had to remind him to turn in the homework before each class. He would do the homework, but not walk it up to the teacher before class.

You will do well with astronomy, and I wish you well as you pursue this great hobby.

Please keep us updated as you pursue your new hobby.

Very well said Gene!

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 06:53:08 AM »
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It compliments thought intensive hobbies very well.
Since I started my astronomy hobby, that came to my mind. People/kids on the spectrum generally have the skills to learn the sky VERY well, and find something they will really enjoy and interact with other people loving the subject.

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Re: Will/Aspergers
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 07:15:50 AM »
I'm on the spectrum too, it's a great hobby for brains like ours
+1 on the advise to get outside.