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Nate Flores

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2018, 12:30:33 PM »
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<sub>Agreed, mogur!</sub>

As in : "well, you need to understand I had a lot of telescopes in my life, and I'm middle-aged now, and this is a dream scope, so it did cost a lot."

When some people ask that question, I feel they're looking for an excuse to not get any telescope for the upward looking kid, who to that point was having the time of his/ her life. Until his parents grab him/ her and walk off the observing field.

Unfortunately, I've seen that happen or heard, "well we could never afford *that* " .... I've tried to quickly say, "you don't need to get a telescope right away - you can use your own eyes and just look up, or get a pair of binoculars..." I like to also add that in my humble opinion, "that's the best way to learn the hobby, and it will probably save a lot of trouble in the long run if you do choose to buy a telescope."

I do like when club members bring small scopes to public outreach star parties for just that reason. I rarely bring my only scope to events like these for this very reason...

Good post.

Kevin

Kevin,
I think you have made a good point. I have also tried to give less expensive alternatives to people with that same question. I let them know that there are more than a few veteran amateur astronomers who prefer smaller less expensive even after 20 years of looking at the sky. I was really lucky years ago when a guy I worked with sold me a working C11 with a fork mount for 200 dollars. It wasn't collimated so he thought the optics were bad. Before that I was quite happy with my 100mm f5 inexpensive refractor on a cheap mount for several years.

Jeff

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2018, 01:11:32 AM »
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Is there a bathroom here?

I once got that question under the dome at our club's observatory. I told him it was in the corner....

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 12:34:20 AM »
The 8 year old boy who said "do I look into here", and with lightening speed bashed his index finger into the eye lens.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 01:07:00 AM »
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The 8 year old boy who said "do I look into here", and with lightening speed bashed his index finger into the eye lens.

We had one at our last public observing who licked the eye lens. Then his mom stuck her finger on it to see if he got it wet.

Tim Massey

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 02:47:18 AM »
After many public outreach events I have learned to never take my eyes off my scope for a second. Its amazing to me that even grown adults will grab a scope and start trying to swirl it around if you look away just for a few swconds.manu

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 07:26:47 AM »
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"Ever see a UFO?".I get asked that at least twice per Public viewing event. Sometimes as much as 5 or 6 times.Mikr
My response to this question is "No, but plenty of others have on YouTube!"

Tommy Evans

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 07:34:33 AM »
I explained to the crowd in the French Dome at the Naylor Observatory last Sunday night that the color they were seeing in Saturn when it was close to the horizon was due to atmospheric prismatic dispersion and that bright stars like Arcturus, Capella, and Sirius often elicit "UFO" reports as a result. When I happened to mention that I had never seen anything unusual that could not be explained as being either natural or man-made in my many thousands of hours of observing time, there was a display of disappointment by some.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 11:40:32 AM »
How far away is it?
Answer: You'll have to ask someone that cares. I'm allergic to math.

How much did your scope cost?
Answer: $1800 when I bought it in 2008. About half the people around me paid two to three times as much for smaller scopes, just so they can take pictures. What I have here is a simple light bucket for visual use only.

What's a nebula?
Answer: A nebula is a cloud of gas floating in space that's either where stars are forming or is the remnant of a dying or dead star.

How come that planet is all blurry.
Answer: Atmospheric turbulence.

How come it looks so much sharper and clearer in your scope than in some of these others?
Answer: I'm not trying to crank the magnification up beyond the sky conditions.

Is that the moon?
Answer: No, it's Venus.
No, that can't be. It's the moon.
Answer: No, see that bright light over there, where the scope is aimed? That's Venus. The Moon is back over there.
No, the scope is aimed at the moon. See?
Answer: No, that's the eyepiece where you look. Your head would block the moon when you look, so it couldn't be aiming that way.
No, that's got to be the moon. It's a crescent.
Answer: Oh...kay. Next?

Why do you keep moving the scope?
Answer: I have no tracking, no clock drive on the scope. I have what's called a "manual clock drive."
Heh heh.

Can you make it bigger?
Answer: I can make it bigger but with this large line, I'll have to keep adjusting it between each person. Besides, the sky conditions don't warrant it tonight. If you want to see it cranked up, go to one of the other scopes here tonight, if you haven't already. I'm sure they have a good blurry view to look at, with tracking.

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 02:02:22 PM »
This pertains to impromptu outreach as I have never been to a star party

I always get "can you see the flags on the moon with that thing"

When I say "no" they are surprised.

I said the moon is too large and far away, and they are more inclined to think it confirms their preexisting conspiracy theories.......

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2018, 04:24:52 PM »
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I've been asked several time how long have I been interested in astrology.

Same here

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2018, 03:09:59 AM »
"Don't touch that."

"Wait your turn."

"Don't you have someplace else to be?"

"Turn off that red flashlight."

That's what people say to me at star parties.
- Jim

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2018, 06:12:18 AM »
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The one I hate most is "What's that worth"? Regarding my telescope.

Try: "About as much as the luxury convenience package on a nice new car."
Or: "Oh, about half a Questar."
Or: "About half as much as the lens a professional sports photographer might use."

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Re: Things people say to me at star parties
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2018, 01:00:35 PM »
Don't care all of them. i play online game and they really entertainment me.