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Old Apr 15, 2010, 3:19 PM   #11
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I would bet an astrologist today would say an astronomer knew nothing about their "profession", too!
Yep. I've studied astrology just a little, and that little has persuaded me that there's more going on there than we western folks realize. I'm not ready to take on the western scientific community, but I do think it's not OK to just dismiss it because scientists state that there's no proof. As a scientist I can assure you that scientists don't have real proof for a lot of what they profess as fact.

Thanks for the conversation! At least you warned the Moderators that this was way OT!

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 5:18 AM   #12
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Science is fun. I don't play much with telescopes. I made a common mistake and bought one too big and too cheap. Its too much trouble transporting it and setting it up. A pair of celestron binoculars gets far more of my use.

As far as the photography part goes, I played with the cooled CCD cameras at the university observatory a few years back and they were quite a toy back then. I'm sure they have evolved greatly since, and I see little need to strap a DSLR to a scope. Then I see the pics from Hubble and I see little need to try.

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/

The HST is, in my opinion, the greatest scientific tool in my lifetime.
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Hey Greg,

Thanks for the link to some of the most amazing images I've seen in quite sometime. One of the images now serves as the desktop background on my Mac.

I'll add that once I've viewed these, any desire I may have had to photograph distant galaxies or constellations just evaporated.

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.......me too !
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I lost my desire after seeing the amazing astrophotos amateurs have taken, coupled with the learning curve and the amount of time and equipment required.

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Yep. Amateur astrophotography vs the Hubble is like peeing againt a fire hose.
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