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bandretaco

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Re: Amateur vs Professional Astronomy
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2018, 06:40:06 AM »
I am an amateur plain and simple I guess.
My job I get paid for has nothing to do with astronomy. Its a hobby or activity.
If I got paid I would be a pro I guess.
Pro Golf vs.playing for fun
Pro Bass fishing vs. fishing for fun
Pro Baseball vs. playing for fun
I look at the stars for fun.
So I no Pro

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Re: Amateur vs Professional Astronomy
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2018, 01:27:20 AM »
There is no need to be jealous of professionals. I think there must not be more than ten in the world who do anything I'd want to do.

Also, that competition for jobs is no joke. I've known people who spent all those years getting the degrees and could not succeed. So then they are off doing something way less than they'd have hoped, and probably not making as much as they'd like. This is much like with professional musicians - only the best really need to put in the time to train. But, who's to say who the best will be? And you have to remember - you could become a doctor in that amount of school time.

Even the ones who get to be professionals are often so narrow in their research focus, I can't imagine spending my life on such a thing. In fact, over the past twenty-five years I've even gotten to where I don't like to read about it much. It just seems so..... unexciting.

The image some of us have of the Victorian-era professional astronomer, out observing Mars and discovering comets, and maybe sharing a drink with the assistants there at the eyepiece, is so long gone. The only people close to it are a few dozen very advanced amateurs and that tiny handful of pros who are sort of in between. Even back in the day, only a handful of people got to live such a life, and some were trust funders. The sky is just the same as then, excepting light pollution, so put together some money and you can still live that life, if you want.Glen