[ATM] re Anybody home etc.,
kabukie at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 23:07:38 JST 2009
Just My 2 Cents...I am 32 and have been building, tinkering, and
experimaneting with scopes since my 16th birthday, when I met an "old timer"
who gave me an unfinished tube with no optics...just the mechanicial bits.
I bought a 6" mirror grinding kit and have been buidling since then.
Although I must say with full time work, the hobby sometimes takes a
One point I have is that, in this digital era, I think a way to bring 'kids'
(i.e younger than me) into this hobby is to appeal to their interests... I
tinker with microcontrollers (HCS12 and Rabbit Micro) and am working on a
way to steer my scopes via a blackberry or Iphone...and view images from an
ATM Scope from a custom interface on their PC. I know its been done
already...but not by me!
my work is still in the very infant stages, but if anyone is interested, let
On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 8:31 AM, Richard in the UK
<richard at foucault.co.uk>wrote:
> Hello lance,
> Sunday, October 18, 2009, 3:29:16 AM, you wrote:
> > It's easy to say it's because kids are lazy or have no attention
> > spans.
> I don't know what it is. I do know that when I was 8 and I first
> pointed a 3" refractor at Saturn I was awe struck at the beauty I was
> looking at and could almost 'feel' this object hanging there. Maybe
> you know what I mean. It was a defining moment of my life, I am
> I showed a similar sight to a friends son and the comment was along
> the lines of "what does it do?". Oh well, slightly better than a grunt
> I guess.
> Back at the time of my epiphany, Mercury was under way and "Space" was
> on the tip of everybody's tongue. Following years just got better and
> better and there wasn't a kid on the block who wasn't interested in
> space etc. So now, yes, there is much to distract the younguns, but
> how much is our lack of follow up on NASA's early achievements to
> blame?. OK, we built a lumbering great piece of metal orbiting the
> Earth, but we should have been out there by now. We should have at
> least landed man on Mars and have a thriving Moon station. And if we
> had, I am sure kids would be a lot more interested in what is out
> there. Just my tuppence (0.02UKP) worth.
> Best regards,
> Richard in the UK
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