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Old 21-01-2019, 07:57 PM
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I do the same Benjamin, prefer star hopping using a chart than using my nexus and trying to see any details that I can remember from images I've seen here.
Quite enjoyable when you see it in your scope.
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Old 21-01-2019, 09:36 PM
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I like to look.
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Old 21-01-2019, 09:47 PM
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I had a go at imaging, I found that apart from the additional cost at begginers level, it made me cranky trying to polar align and stuff around with cables and software, I'm sure it made my hair go grey as well

I sold anything I bought for the cause and used the money for some nice naglers, I kept the canon 40d and became very interested in terrestial photography, which I'm still into, so that was a good spinoff

these days I find observing quite relaxing and enjoy showing friends and their kids views of our nite skies

did I mention getting all set up and then it clouds over? grrr!!
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Old 21-01-2019, 11:14 PM
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Another 'visual only' observer here. I don't have the energy or inclination to do photography. I operate scientific instruments at work and I really don't want to spend my leisure time stressing about another set of equipment. I just want to wander off into space under a clear sky with a nice wide-field eyepiece.


I've also always lacked a place to do photography; until recently I was in rental houses. I now have my own place and there will be an observatory 'soon' (geologically speaking ) but even then my interest will be in asteroid occultations and variable star photometry - that should provide enough 'instrument stress' to see me through retirement .


I think visual observers are inherently less obvious on a forum than imagers. Unless you are like ngcles and write up comprehensive observing reports, visual observers don't produce any output. Of course we can carry on about eyepieces and observing conditions but that is just a fraction of the discussion generated by cameras, filters, software, tracking, processing artifacts, etc etc etc discussed by imagers. So the DSOs may be seen but the observers are not heard.


I remember Patrick (Moore) saying once, "too few people these days take the time to "look and enjoy" any more"
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Old 21-01-2019, 11:17 PM
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How it used to be, some images from Patrick's sketch books
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"How it used to be"
Really?

Don't know about that... I still throw the pencil around every chance I get, small aperture and large

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