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    Holy *****! 30K! I think I'll have no problem at all spending $4000 on my scope now then! then some more on cameras and stuff, then some more...guess it will only end when I die!
    after all, a hobby is a way of life, it's the thing that keeps people happy. some people are lucky enough to call their jobs a hobby!
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    What all of us in astronomy do, is not normal in any sense of the word. Going out into the wee small hours, just to look up into the dark sky at little bits of lights in the cold and frosty nights. While most people are tucked up in there warm beds..we are not.

    But I for one don't need someone telling me about how fragile the Earth is and to be environmental in my out look. I know how fragile this place is every time I stand in the cold and look up in to the dark night at distant points of light. I get a connection with the rest of this Universe more then you can get from books or TV. And I am quite prepared to pay for the privalige of doing so.
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    Well said, Declan!
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    Hear hear Declan!

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    Interesting question Leo, so I got out the calculator and started adding. The best I can come up with is 8K in a year and a half. Some of it, like the binos, camera and ice fishing suit (I don't ice fish) can be used for purposes other than astronomy, but astronomy was the reason I got them. Man, it can really add up fast, but I agree with Declan and Eric, I'm thankful for the privilege.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublin sky watch View Post
    What all of us in astronomy do, is not normal in any sense of the word. Going out into the wee small hours, just to look up into the dark sky at little bits of lights in the cold and frosty nights. While most people are tucked up in there warm beds..we are not.

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    I am totally with you there Declan. Your comment reminded me of how my Geology lecturer introduced my class many years ago to the subject. Trying to explain the importance of understanding the vast time and space scales involved, he walked to the back of the room, threw a piece of chalk onto the black board resulting a tiny bit of the chalk sticking to the board. Then he walked up to the front and said that if we imagined the blackboard as our galaxy in the universe, then the little white chalk dot represented our solar system and somewhere in that dot is earth and somewhere on earth in India and so on and drilled it down to the class room we were sitting in. I will never forget that lesson. That lesson made me realize how insignificant we are as a species but as you say, one only has to look at the night sky to wonder what our place is in the universe.

    Back to the subject of the thread, I have spend about $ 800 so for on astronomy.
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    I've spent $145 on a set of binoculars and $10 on an astronomy viewing book and a bunch of time on the internet. Ha. Although, I sold some things for about $100 on ebay to help my cause. :-)
    So, once I buy my planisphere I will be at roughly $170 total I think.
    Although in the years to come I plan on buying a good quality middle of the line telescope for more distant objects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    Holy *****! 30K! I think I'll have no problem at all spending $4000 on my scope now then! then some more on cameras and stuff, then some more...guess it will only end when I die!
    after all, a hobby is a way of life, it's the thing that keeps people happy. some people are lucky enough to call their jobs a hobby!
    I purchased my first Telescope in about 1953 or 54...(as a boy scout) and have never been without at least one telescope ever since...

    So during the last 50+ years I know I have well over 30K invested in the hobby BUT I must have sold close to that much to fund my NEEDS as they arose...

    Bottom line THIS IS A CHEAP HOBBY....

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    1. tinker with older Corvettes (6 in garage)
    2. make a heck of a lot of sawdust in my wood shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    Bottom line THIS IS A CHEAP HOBBY....

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    Certainly a lot cheaper than......say.......stock car or drag racing, horse racing....for that matter, any kind of racing. Oh yeah, and women.
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    Moment of reflection.... I tend to keep everything but really haven't spent that much money since I got into this in 1985. However, for most of this time, I was more of an arm chair astronomer .... reading books and journals ... casual observations four or five times a year with my trusty little Meade 2045 SCT.

    So far the total is about $3500 not adjusted for inflation which amortized over 25 years comes to less than $12 a month.... cheap hobby. This includes not only my three store bought telescopes, mounts, drives, eyepieces, finders, etc. but cameras (DSLR and LPI), camera stuff, repairs, batteries, computer programs, a couple of hundred dollars thrown in for forgotten incidentals, etc. .... and including the cost of an abortion of a telescope I built (10 inch classical cassegrain .. mirror set was free) ... learned that bigger is not necessarily better on that one .... A ten inch classical cassegrain is a monster of a scope. The only major item I have on my to purchase list is either an Orion self-guider or an off-axis guider (haven't decided yet which one) .... However that will have to wait until I learn a little more about photography ... perhaps a purchase in 2012.


    edit note: I just thought of one major ommission in my calculations ..... the cost of publications (books and magazines). I need to add ...approximately another $1500 to the equation bringing the total up to $5000 .... approximately $17 a month.

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