James Paulson's roll off roof observatory at the Sunridge Observatory site, taken in the summer of 1986, housing a 10 inch f/5 Cave Astrola Newtonian reflector telescope

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Equipment War

It is really easy to get involved in buying a lot of equipment in this hobby. I know first hand having spent a lot of money over the years on things in the learning process.

But honestly, there is nothing greater than using minimal equipment to pursue this hobby in many ways. The simpler you can keep your setup, the more it will be used.

Astrophotography is a different animal. It demands a lot of equipment and patience in setting it all up for an evening of imaging. Lots of things to go wrong. Some wonder why we do it. The answer is simple, it is what we enjoy about his hobby.

I like to play with cameras and electronics. Capturing images is an art in itself. You plan your shots carefully and there is a process of events that takes place to actually get a result. Unlike visual work, it can be very tedious from acquisition to focus to capture to tear down, it is all about the process.

A pure visual observer struggles to understand why we want to do this. Those of us who do this can't understand why more visual observers are unwilling to take the next step in the hobby and begin to save their memories forever.

And the battle rages on to this day.

1 comment:

  1. So true! I am one of those minimal folks. I have an assortment of stuff to use but when it is time to look simpler the better; Scope of choice, eyepieces/filters, charts, flashlight, observing chair.

    And lots of snacks!

    As a visual guy I can revisit most of my observes and enjoy the pics of others all over the internet. Last night I was on comet P1 Garradd - totally enjoyed it's movement against the background stars but with a 106mm scope it was hard to make out the twin tails. Not today with all the fine pics out there!

    My scope showed me movement, the pics greater detail. Why not enjoy both!

    Nice posting bro.......