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    Default 64 and still looking up and into the night sky with hope.



    Ya know, as a kid growing up at the ranch in south Texas, I figure about 1968 there about the time The Eagle had landed, I took to looking up. With questions like why the stars were different in color and what's that fuzzy patch of light and the like, I got hooked early. I went through the Carl Sagan and The Cosmos phase and any book I could find to satisfy my need to know; All this when computers were the size of a refrigerator and the thought that it could set on a desk top was nowhere to be found. The fun part started with aperture fever and to make a long story short I ended up with what I could man handle by myself (220 lbs. fully assembled) and a case full of Tele-Vues. Tons of hours at the eye piece under some of the darkest sky on the north American continent. If ya count the time I threw a leg over the saddle and took a 1,100 mile ride on my Harley and into southern Illinois to witness my first total solar eclipse, and it was awesome... it's been awesome.
    All that's left is the hope of looking up at Orion to see a nova up close and personal. No telescope, no nothing. Just me and an even brighter light in the night sky. And yes, I know. I need therapy... again. But then again, don't laugh, it could be you someday.

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    Default Re: 64 and still looking up and into the night sky with hope.

    Welcome, youngster! I've been looking up since 1955 when I figured stars were better company than people. I'm hoping to be in the right place when eta Carinae goes.
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    Hi and welcome to AF lso!

    I am close to your age (63) and we sure have lived through some amazing advances in technology for sure!

    It sounds like you have some dark skies and good for you. Hopefully you can get out and visit old friends up there!

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    Hi lone star observer, and welcome here to the Forum!

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    Hello Lone Star Observer - keep looking up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juno16 View Post
    Hi and welcome to AF lso!

    I am close to your age (63) and we sure have lived through some amazing advances in technology for sure!

    It sounds like you have some dark skies and good for you. Hopefully you can get out and visit old friends up there!

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    Funny that you would refer to old friends to visit. I vaguely remember a post I made here some years ago under a different name (My computer crashed and I lost my login info) in reference to how I look into the night sky. I tend to look at the dark places between the stars where in my mind I can see clearly favorite targets as I have seen them through my scope. There was a time I'd set up my scope 2 or 3 times a week. Now, it might be 2 or 3 times a year and yes, they have become old friends to visit.170761_107790545963107_1686999_o.jpg
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    I'm sort of hoping Betelgeuse goes before I do...
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    Hi and welcome! I’m in south texas! I live close to the city but still can image some amazing stuff!

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    I have always had a strong interest in planetary nebula. There have been times that I look at the full moon to see it as such when atmospheric conditions around it may give me an idea of what a planetary might look like up close. That being said, I can't quite visualize what Betelgeuse would look like as a super nova in a part of the sky that has always been a constant favorite. So like you, I can only hope.
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