> atm2020 wrote:
> > I have noticed that probably 90% of SAA discussion is
> > about spending money on telescopes/equipment and various levels
> > of telescope bashing. Nothing much about actual astronomy other than
> > "I saw such and such" or "the weather is bad". Pretty lame ducks here.
> Hi ATM, TMA, Mike...or whatever you're calling yourself today. :-)
> There's a _reason_ for that. s.a.a. is NOT about astronomy in general.
> While we'll occasionally discuss the latest Hubble shot, the doings of
> NASA, or news from the most recent AAS convention, that's not what
> we're here for.
> We're here to discuss _observational_ astronomy...that is, amateur
> astronomy. Including:
> Observing conditons.
> What we saw.
> I'd guess that you're either:
> A) Not an amateur astronomer and happened on this site and assumed that
> because "astronomy" is in the title we're a general interest astronomy
> group. Again, we're not. As above, this group is devoted to the
> PRACTICE of amateur astronomy.
You practice astrophotography and that does not constitute
observational astronomy.Your sole purpose is making objects appear
bigger hence that does not constitute observational astronomy never
mind the perceptual astronomy of Kepler and Copernicus.
Let me explicitly demote your hobby to astrophotography through the
words of Kepler just so you can have a ball with your equipment in
future without considering yourself an astronomer,amateur or otherwise
"To set down in books the apparent paths of the planets
apparentes] and the record of their motions is especially the task of
the practical and mechanical part of astronomy; to discover their true
and genuine path [vias vero veras et genuinas] is . . .the task of
contemplative astronomy; while to say by what circle and lines correct
images of those true motions may be depicted onpaper is the concern of
the inferior tribunal of geometers" KEPLER
> B) Just another troll in a long line of Nancys, Danny Mins, Oriels, and
> Shawn Grants. This would be indicated by the fact that you've changed
> your screenname at least once, which is usually done to defeat peoples'
> killfiles. Also by this post. Stuff like, "Pretty lame ducks here" is
> generally designed to stimulate the outraged responses (and thus
> ATTENTION) that trolls crave.
> I hope the anwer is "A." In either case, you'd probably be more happy
> with these groups:
> sci.astro: This is our parent group. It's now largely devoted to
> general astronomy discussions, "theory" discussions (including
> participants' own special theories), and _much_ off-topic arguing and
> alt.astronomy: Much like sci.astro, only _moreso_.
> Quite a few general discussion Yahoogroups like Starry Nights (though
> these groups are moderated, and people not willing to follow the rules
> will be ejected in short order).
> Rod Mollise
> Author of _Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope_
> Like SCTs and MCTs?
> Check-out sct-user, the mailing list for CAT fanciers:
> See: <http://journals.aol.com/rmollise/UncleRodsAstroBlog/>
> For Uncle Rod's Astro Blog.
Hey Ron,Look at the Earth do the hula for you ! -
That is how I know that you care nothing for astronomy or indeed
anything other than your equipment.Pity you call yourself an astronomer
along with the others here who hate anything that interferes with the
calendrically driven celestial sphere into which you project every
exotic nonsense known.