[ATM] re Anybody home etc.,
Peter De Baan De Baan
pdebaan at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 19 07:14:53 JST 2009
Possible interesest can be caused by showing to starparty Guest what you and they as amateurs can make, often at very cost and reasonable time.
Almost every starparty I have guest commenting very postive on my very obvious home made telescope, and being asked how one can make the optics by hand, often some of these people will visit ad my home shop class to learn and be surprized how one can cut trepan the glass disk out of an broken tabletop and grind/polish/parabolize the mirror and build the complete scope in your spare time at 1/4 or even less cost and equal or better as storebougth,
For those interested here are my webpages:
> From: baldjeff at comcast.net
> To: flex at commspeed.net; telemirrorman at charter.net; atm at atmlist.net
> Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:51:37 -0700
> Subject: Re: [ATM] re Anybody home etc.,
> Hi Bill and ATMers;
> Bill touched on something here that is really a hot item for me. The hobby
> isn't attracting kids any more. Astronomy, ATM, the whole shebang isn't as
> interesting to as many kids these days, and I claim it is because they are
> addicted to cell phones, iPods, hand heald electronic gaming, texting, etc.
> I supposed our hobby could be merged with those things, but direct viewing
> of astronomical objects through homebuilt telescopes isn't competing with
> Internet photos, exciting action games, and such, and it doesn't seem to
> hold their interest. These items have escalated to a point where the
> excitement has to be 37 on a scale of 10 to hold their interest. What can we
> do about this?
> Sorry if I'm comiserating, but I'd really like to see more kids at my ATM
> sessions and astronomy club so I know it will all exist in the future.
> > Sad- but the hobby seems to be shrinking with but mostly glass-obsessed
> > old timers around. >
> > Take care-
> > Bill Kelley
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