Why I love astronomy

Astronomy is one of my major hobbies. I have a 10” Discovery PDHQ Dobsonian that I take out waaaay to infrequently. But when I do get out, I see things that are really beautiful. The last time I went out, a few weeks ago, I saw this, one of my favorite celestial sights. It looks great in this picture, but I saw it with my own eyes. Clear and bright. That was fun.

— bab

 

8 thoughts to “Why I love astronomy”

  1. For a second I thought you had posted an image you had taken through your dob. I did a serious double take. Wondering what the hell 10" dob could take such an awesome picture of m51.

    That image could have only been taken by Hubble. Then I re-read your post and realised what you were saying 🙂

    I’m toying with Astronomy. At the moment I only have a pair of binoculars. My aim is to gain some sort of knowledge of sky objects, and build myself a 10 or 12 inch dobsonian. I think the assembly of a telescope will be a fair amount of fun, and then the joys of using it.

    + the fact that there is a little maintenance that goes into a reflector, and while they’re fairly simple in construction, it can only help your understanding by building one form scratch!

    I know what you mean. I saw a spiral galaxy through a 10" scope, and it really is a thrill, to actually see a galaxy, out there, with your own eyes. Awesome.

  2. Sean,

    I followed the same path you did, and I’d recommend it for anyone. I used binoculars for about 6 months, learning all I could about the sky. That made it much easier for me to find things once I got the dob, with its narrower field of view.

    I’m not much for building things, so I bought my dob. I know some people who built their own, and their scopes are beautiful. Their motion is generally smoother than mine, although there are mods I could make to make mine move like theirs.

    I had seen M51 one other time, through a friend’s scope in Salt Lake City, but this time it was so much brighter and clearer. Definitely the showpiece of the night!

    Thanks for reading, and I’ll be happy to help with any other astro questions…

    — bab

  3. I’m toying with Astronomy. At the moment I only have a pair of binoculars. My aim is to gain some sort of knowledge of sky objects, and build myself a 10 or 12 inch dobsonian. I think the assembly of a telescope will be a fair amount of fun, and then the joys of using it.

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