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    Default At The Eyepiece on BlogTalkRadio - Share your observing sessions!



    Decided that there wasn't a show out there that discussed amateur astronomy from the standpoint of observing and equipment, so I decided to make my own.

    I'm looking for amateur's simply wanting to share their passion for stargazing with others and their experiences with astronomical equipment and observing reports, two of my favorite things. So here it is.

    At The Eyepiece

    My format will undoubtedly change as the show gains traction, but my thoughts are simple.

    1. I want to schedule an amateur every week to discuss how they got into astronomy, what equipment they have used and what equipment they currently use, what are the likes or dislikes of that equipment, and what area's of astronomy are they mostly interested in and why. And DON'T think you have to be someone that has a $5000 dollar scope to participate, I want folks that are the average backyard stargazer. Sure, from time to time its going to be fun too to talk with someone that has $20k of equipment that they use for imaging etc, but I'm interested in all levels of experience and capabilities. After all, I can't go out myself and hunt down galaxies with a 32" dob, fun to hear maybe, but what would REALLY excite me is someone discussing how they are working through the Herchel 400 with a 10" or smaller scope, if you get where I'm going here.

    2. Mini reviews. Kind of similar to above, but if you have a scope that you want to call in and do a verbal review on, and do Q & A with listeners, here's the chance.

    3. Observing tips or targets of interest for this week and of course, sharing observing reports. I love to read about what others are viewing, especially, no specifically, with equipment of 4-12", cause thats about my range too. We'll encourage each other by sharing our experiences at the eyepiece (pun intended).

    4. Whats hot on the astro forums. If you see something here you want to discuss further, or from CN anywhere else, well here we go.

    5. I want to reach out, as the show gains traction, to manufactures to actually be interviewed as well, or to present their products etc. Here's a real delicate one, cause I do NOT want to open up a "lets bash them" type of show cause others may never want to do it again. So if we "play nice" with whomever eventually is open to a interview, who knows what else can happen.

    These are just my initial ideas. The show is not going to focus on the science of astronomy, but how we as fellow amateurs and backyard stargazers utilize our skills and equipment to enjoy the beauty of the night sky and to share that with others. I currently have it for 1 hour per week, but can go up longer as we gain some listeners. I also plan on adding Skype call in, so that it will be toll free for you international folks. Check the show page for updated times and episodes.

    So there ya have it. Does this sound like fun folks? It certainly does to me, and that's why I'm volunteering my time and efforts.

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    i LIKE IT!!

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    Sounds like a great idea! Listening to the first session now as I peruse the forums!

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    Great idea. Good luck and thanks for sharing!
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    What a great idea. I'll check out your session when I get the chance.

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    It's a great idea that is sure to gain popularity! I'll be tuning in, for sure. :-)

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    I have certainly enjoyed listening to your pod casts keep it up!

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    Very cool! I like the idea of podcasts, vlogging and such to go along with a blog. Been thinking of doing a vlog to go with my fly fishing blog. So much for giant media corporations, eh? The little guys are going to take over the world, or maybe galaxy in this case.
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    Thank you all for the encouragement and the kind words. The show is what YOU make it, I just host, but our community of avid stargazers is what will keep this idea alive.

    Tonights show, at 11pm CST, will be the first at the eyepiece show for At The Eyepiece. I'll be outside in the backyard (I'm a true backyard stargazer) with my LS 8 and a DSI, trying to do as much live imaging as I can. Yeah, I hope to add a Mallincam shortly, but for now, thats the best I can do.

    So as always, if you want to share your thoughts on telescopes, eyepieces, mounts and more, give us a call, or join in the chat room. We may also have a fellow stargazer from PA call in LIVE from the field as well, to give a first hand at the eyepiece report too.

    Hope to hear from you!

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