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    Default New to this forum but not new to astronomy



    Hi All,

    I am a retired engineer who’s finally has the time to pursue this hobby on a consistent basis (I worked on full time for 33 years for a large transportation company in Canada).

    I have also been a member of the local centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) since 1986. Through the help and experience of other member in the club, I rebuilt my first ‘serious’ telescope (a Coulter 13.1 Dob) into a collapsible truss dobsonian and subsequently built a 17.5” truss Dob out of a Coulter mirror (It took me two years to complete these projects - with which I won the telescope making award at the centre that year). With these scopes, I managed to complete my Messier and Finest NGC Observing Certificates (found in the RASC’s Observer’s Handbook) in 1992 and then I continued just casually do planetary and deep-sky observing on new moon weekends when the weather permitted.

    I have also developed an interest in ‘chasing’ solar eclipses, of which I have been lucky to observe five total solar eclipses (TSE’s): 2009 (Wuhan, China, partially clouded out), 2010 Easter Island (clear at totality), 2012 South Pacific (clear at sea on board cruise ship Millennnium), 2016 Makassar Strait, Indonesia (clear at sea on board cruise ship Volendam), and 2017 (clear, Megan Buttes, north of Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA). I am hoping that I can arrange a trip to South America in December 2020 to witness the Dec 14 TSE somewhere in Chile or Argentina.

    Currently, I am pursuing my astrophotography certificates (with the RASC, of course) for Wide-Field, Solar System and Deep-Sky categories. I am using a variety of equipment (DSLR cameras and telescopes/astrographs and dedicated CMOS cameras). So far, I am learning a lot in terms of image capture and processing of images (e.g. using Deep Sky Stacker, Registax (for solar H-alpha and lunar photography) and SharpCap Pro and PixInsight (for deep sky capture and processing).

    I do not have a permanent observatory and my backyard is about 10 Kim’s (6 miles) north of the downtown in my city (Bortle Class 7-8 at least) so I have to drive east of the city about 50 kms (30 miles) to have at least a Class 2 location for deep-sky astrophotography.

    So there’s my astronomy ‘life’ so far - and learning and sharing (I used to volunteer my time at the local elementary school to help set up scopes to supplement the kids astronomy units with actual time at the eyepiece) and I regularly volunteer for sidewalk astronomy for the annual Astronomy Days in the spring.

    - ALR
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    Hello ALR! Welcome to the forum!

    Please see this thread: Before you sign up... Important Notice!!

    Hope to see you on TSS!
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    Hello and welcome aboard! Great introduction and background!! Hope to see you on TSS

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