Originally posted by Vince123Not me, its music, chess, astronomy, physics and math.
Kind of surprised. I thought there would be a lot more chess players who share an interest in astronomy and have the time to post on this thread. Maybe the time needed for the two interests, chess and astronomy, are too competitive.
Originally posted by JoerillaI use a telescope in the club, where I'm a member, from time to time.
What kind of scope are you sporting?
I got an 8-inch reflector on a Dobsonian mount.
How dark is the sky in your part of Sweden?
Originally posted by FabianFnasI'm a new convert to astronomy. I really got started this winter. As Vince123 can tell you, I've been proselytizing ever since.
I use a telescope in the club, where I'm a member, from time to time.
The summer nights in Sweden are quite bright, but winters are quite dark. I live at 57 degrees north, nearby a big city, so the conditions could be better.
I am more of an 'armchair astronomer' than practioning outdoor one. I like more to read about the objects than observing myself ...[text shortened]... on stronomers who want to learn from me, or other amature astronomers who I enjoy being with.
Originally posted by sonhouseWhoa, building a scope from the mirror up, that's an endeavor!
So far I am in the large binocular stage, a nice 20X80 job with a solar filter, you can look directly at the sun and see the sunspots which right now are practically zero. Astronomy sucks pretty bad around this part of Pennsylvania, north of Philly about 80 miles, It always seems to be cloudy just when there is something interesting in the sky like the pass ...[text shortened]... lescope a few years back how to turn a spherical shape to a parabolic.
So one of these days....
Originally posted by JoerillaHey, thanks for the link! I see how that is done and my 20X80's are even shakier than those 10X50's. I can also see a couple of improvements.
Whoa, building a scope from the mirror up, that's an endeavor!
I work with a guy who says he and his brother ground their own mirror and built a scope along with an equatorial mount made from pipe fittings.
If you are looking for a do-it-yourself image stabilizer for your binos, I saw this article on skyandtelescope.com a few weeks back: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/visualobserving/Image-Stabilize-Your-Binoculars.html