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Rasheed Grayson

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Swearing off the hobby...
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:22:47 AM »
Anyone else go through this?

You get to a stage in life where the clouds never end, you start feeling pain in areas you never knew you had, and do not feel like lugging out the equipment on the only clear night of this month that also coincides with midnight on a Wednesday when you must be up at 5:30 for work the morning after.

So you decide to market everything and swear to your better half that you're finished.  No more equipment.  No more filling the house with innumerable telescopes, mounts, filters, etc.6 months roll by and you detect stretches of clear nights that never would have happened when you had that particular world killer or milky way sweeper available.  You start telling yourself "you know, I bet that truss tube dob will not be so heavy to lift".  Boom, you purchase it.  Well crap, now I need eyepieces to decide on this.  $$.  You reunite on cloudynights and detect the wonderful shots folks are getting of the sun recently, damn I overlook the Ha telescope I had but I think this white light filter is going to do.  $.  Nope, I need Ha. $$$$$.  Man, Cak seems cool.  $ But I do not have a good lightweight refractor to picture with.  $$$$$$$.
Sorry honey...



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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 07:58:18 AM »
This is why I swear to not swear off the hobby.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 11:10:22 AM »
Nope, I am only a few months into this. I did give my wife a head's up. This will be a lifelong hobby. I told her I may not be viewing or imaging on ever clear night that goes by. Although on cloudy nights it will be quite possible I am trying to do something to improve my equipment, or my knowledge of the hobby, the skies, or myself....

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 07:51:07 PM »
Although this year has been the worst (for clouds/weather/frustration) I've still manged to hold onto my gear. Sometimes I wonder though if I'll eventually cave.....

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 12:01:28 AM »
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This is why I swear to not swear off the hobby.


And that's basically my point. Don't be an idiot like me.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 12:23:37 AM »
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Anyone else go through this?

You get to a point in life where the clouds seamlessly never end, you start feeling pain in areas you never knew you had, and don't feel like lugging the equipment out on the only clear night of the month which also coincides with midnight on a Wednesday when you have to be up at 5:30 for work the next morning.

So you decide to sell everything and swear to your better half that you are done. No more equipment. No more filling the house with countless telescopes, mounts, filters, etc.6 months roll by and you notice stretches of clear nights that never would have happened when you had that special planet killer or milky way sweeper at your disposal. You start telling yourself "you know, I bet that truss tube dob won't be so heavy to lift". Boom, you buy it. Well crap, now I need eyepieces to go with it. $$$$. You get back on cloudynights and notice the amazing shots folks are getting of the sun lately, darn I miss the Ha telescope I had but I think this white light filter will do. $$$. Nope, I need Ha.$$$$$$$$$. Man, Cak looks cool. $$$$ But I don't have a decent lightweight refractor to image with. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Sorry honey.....
Yes, over time an accumulation of astro gear can become more of burden rather than a source of joy. I have found that one small grab-and-go scope with two EPs and a good hand-held binocular works much better for me in the long run than a house full of gear.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 04:58:03 AM »
My whole life, I have loved Astronomy and telescopes. Most of my life, telescopes had to take a back seat, to what was going on. It seemed like every time I wanted to get into it, something got in the way. And it is tough, staying up late, trying to get a peek at something and then have to get up at 5:30, too,to go to work.

Many other people have had the pleasure of making time. Now that I'm retired, I'm all in. I too sometimes dread setting up some equipment, but I know the feeling I have afterwards and getting some good views of Jupiter or Saturn.

It wasn't that long ago, I only had my 3 homemade scopes. One was in storage in parts. The other two were made out of sonotubes. I hadn't even touched them in years. Then I bought a 6" refractor, then a 5" refractor, then a Sears 6339a, then, etc. etc., and I got fired up again.

Not saying you should, but I joined a club so I could do some outreach. I look forward to every outing!

This past winter was tough.What did we have here in MI?, two months of clouds. So I made another newt!

Have I ever thought of selling everything? No. It's parts of my life. It's parts of who I am. I am an astronomer. I never tire at looking at a starry sky.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 06:56:33 AM »
I've been in this hobby for over 25 years now and seasons vary from year to year, decade to decade, and periods with abysmal weather come and go. What I've also learned is that Urania really likes patient and devoted people, whom she rewards handsomely.

When you're out there on that magical, pitch-black night, where the Milky Way blazes away overhead, resolving into thousands of stars already with the naked eye and the telescopic views defy description, at that moment anything else pales and fade away and you forget the long months of miserable weather. I had nights last autumn that were so good, so overwhelmingly beautiful, I almost cried with emotion.

It is for moments like that I carry through the bad periods and keep my scopes ready. You never know when the next super awesome night might come. I have had brief sessions between rainstorms, where I could swear, there was no atmosphere between and above the clouds.Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 03:37:45 AM »
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I've been in this hobby for over 25 years now and seasons vary from year to year, decade to decade, and periods with abysmal weather come and go. What I've also learned is that Urania really likes patient and devoted people, whom she rewards handsomely.

When you're out there on that magical, pitch-black night, where the Milky Way blazes away overhead, resolving into thousands of stars already with the naked eye and the telescopic views defy description, at that moment anything else pales and fade away and you forget the long months of miserable weather. I had nights last autumn that were so good, so overwhelmingly beautiful, I almost cried with emotion.

It is for moments like that I carry through the bad periods and keep my scopes ready. You never know when the next super awesome night might come. I have had brief sessions between rainstorms, where I could swear, there was no atmosphere between and above the clouds.Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

Yes this is what this hobby is all about. Interest may go up and down, but that is a part of life. But the passion is always there with memories of those magical nights

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 04:19:33 PM »
Nope.
I never understood why on earth anyone would up and sell their gear just because they suddenly got tired of observing. You can just as suddenly get rabidly re-interested. It takes a long time to get your kit together the way you like it, and when you're ready to do it again, you'll be really glad it's there, waiting patiently for you.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 10:06:42 PM »
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Nope.
I never understood why on earth anyone would up and sell their gear just because they suddenly got tired of observing.


It's just a knee-jerk emotional reaction. Like you could do something to spite a hobby!

I laugh but truth-be-told I have felt it a few times as well over the years. Just give it time and don't do anything rash and definitely do not mention it to the Missus! Don't give her false hope.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 11:13:41 PM »
I am going through the "burnt out" phase (apologies); I have other interests to take up in the interim. This includes my music, art, and history. I juggle each of these in this way. Take up something else for awhile, and be ready with my astro gear when the urge comes back. I will be fresh and ready to conquer the skies again.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2018, 01:49:56 AM »
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Anyone else go through this?

You get to a point in life where the clouds seamlessly never end, you start feeling pain in areas you never knew you had, and don't feel like lugging the equipment out on the only clear night of the month which also coincides with midnight on a Wednesday when you have to be up at 5:30 for work the next morning.

So you decide to sell everything and swear to your better half that you are done. No more equipment. No more filling the house with countless telescopes, mounts, filters, etc.6 months roll by and you notice stretches of clear nights that never would have happened when you had that special planet killer or milky way sweeper at your disposal. You start telling yourself "you know, I bet that truss tube dob won't be so heavy to lift". Boom, you buy it. Well crap, now I need eyepieces to go with it. $$$$. You get back on cloudynights and notice the amazing shots folks are getting of the sun lately, darn I miss the Ha telescope I had but I think this white light filter will do. $$$. Nope, I need Ha.$$$$$$$$$. Man, Cak looks cool. $$$$ But I don't have a decent lightweight refractor to image with. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Sorry honey.....
Yes, over time an accumulation of astro gear can become more of burden rather than a source of joy. I have found that one small grab-and-go scope with two EPs and a good hand-held binocular works much better for me in the long run than a house full of gear.
I agree with this; I get bothered when I have a lot of "things", even when I use them. I was into astronomy decades ago and the interest has returned. Back then, I had next to no gear. Now I've got a telescope, binoculars, 4 eyepieces (including 2 that came with the OneSky and a free one from an abandoned telescope), a barlow, and another on the way. I get tempted to add a refractor since I'm all about planetary observing, but I also know that I can do a lifetime of observations with the gear I've already got. I'm trying not to climb the acquisition hill, as I know I'm just going to want to descend it eventually if I do.

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2018, 08:43:38 AM »
And then once you go to a REALLY dark sky site, you'll swear never to give up this fantastic hobby again!

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Re: Swearing off the hobby...
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 08:58:56 AM »
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Anyone else go through this?

You get to a point in life where the clouds seamlessly never end, you start feeling pain in areas you never knew you had, and don't feel like lugging the equipment out on the only clear night of the month which also coincides with midnight on a Wednesday when you have to be up at 5:30 for work the next morning.

So you decide to sell everything and swear to your better half that you are done. No more equipment. No more filling the house with countless telescopes, mounts, filters, etc.6 months roll by and you notice stretches of clear nights that never would have happened when you had that special planet killer or milky way sweeper at your disposal. You start telling yourself "you know, I bet that truss tube dob won't be so heavy to lift". Boom, you buy it. Well crap, now I need eyepieces to go with it. $$$$. You get back on cloudynights and notice the amazing shots folks are getting of the sun lately, darn I miss the Ha telescope I had but I think this white light filter will do. $$$. Nope, I need Ha.$$$$$$$$$. Man, Cak looks cool. $$$$ But I don't have a decent lightweight refractor to image with. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Sorry honey.....
If you don't feel like lugging out your equipment then that just means you need some equipment that is not a chore to take out. Maybe something like an 80mm APO on a Vixen Porta II mount. Or a nice pair of binoculars.