astronomy is one of those hobbies in which I participated avidly
for about five years while in the U.S. Air Force and for a couple
years after separating. During that time I observed as often as
time and atmospheric conditions permitted. While at Robins AFB,
in Warner Robins, Georgia, I belonged to the Macon Amateur Astronomy
club and spent quite a few Friday evenings operating the museum's/club's
8", 10" and 14" Celestron telescopes both for private observation
and for assisting the public after the planetarium show. The club
took a couple trips to the Fernbank Science Center http://fsc.fernbank.edu/
in Atlanta and got to look through their 32" reflector, which at
the time (circa 1980) was the largest reflecting telescope in the
Today, of course, private 30" Dobsonians are as affordable
as motorcycles. A picture of me and my 8" Newtonian reflector is
given below. I ended up selling it after getting married to help
pay the mortgage (sold all the R/C stuff, too). Only naked-eye (no
longer anywhere near my former 20/15 vision) and my trusty binoculars
remain for observing over the past 20 years. Recently, have I begun
reacquiring some of my "toys" from yesteryear. I have not purchased
another telescope yet, but the good thing is that now the state
of the art is orders of magnitude better than where I left off.
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