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John Dobson, 19152014 (Amateur Telescope Innovator)
Sky and Telescope Website ^ | January 16, 2014 | Kelly Beatty

Posted on 01/16/2014 9:22:47 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets

The long-lived master of sidewalk astronomy died peacefully on January 15th. Emerging from obscurity in 1968, he introduced simple ideas that revolutionized how amateurs make and use large reflecting telescopes.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Hobbies; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; dobsonian; dobsoniantelescope; johndobson; obituary
For ease of use and simplicity, nothing beats a dob.
1 posted on 01/16/2014 9:22:47 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yeah, just got one last year. It’s really a great scope. You get a lot of telescope for your money with a Dobson.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 9:25:32 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

A lovely device particularly for those who don’t do finicky


3 posted on 01/16/2014 9:25:32 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

A Dobson bump?
I always wanted to build one but didn’t have the space.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 9:25:56 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
You are so right! His scopes really help you reach out to the stars... I have spent many nights with my children and grandchildren using a number of his scopes that make it easy for amateurs to journey through the night

My father told me when I was about 4 years old that when good people die a new star is born. I will be looking up tonight to see if I can spot one for this wonderful man. He was a good man and was easy to talk to at Astronomy Conventions.

5 posted on 01/16/2014 9:28:33 AM PST by ConchKarl (From a member of the Herd, 173rd)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
For ease of use and simplicity, nothing beats a dob.

Yup. It pivots in just 2 directions. You simply swing it around by hand, although they did eventually come out with motorized Dob mounts.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 9:30:56 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Nifster
A lovely device particularly for those who don’t do finicky

I could point you at the wikipedia article for the shortcomings of Dobsonians. They are, however, unrivaled for visual astronomy and ease of use. The problem for beginners was that before the dob, the market was dominated by junk scopes at the low end and astrophotography scopes at the other. When my wife says, "What's that bright star?", it takes ten minutes to set up my dob, and show her Jupiter. Grandkids, wives, sweetheart, and friends don't have the patience of equatorial alignment.

7 posted on 01/16/2014 9:38:34 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: ETL

Paint your Orion red and blue and tell people you made it yourself!


8 posted on 01/16/2014 9:40:05 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I met him at a star party a few years ago. Besides being a mooch, he was a pretty good guy.

A friend of mine won a 12.5 dob at that same star party in a raffle. As she was 79+ and couldn’t walk well, she didn’t really need the scope, but, she was proud of it. Got him to sign the scope and everthing.

Me, I’ll stick with my Equatorial mount. I like being able to look straight up. :)

Ok OK, I have had plans to convert my scopes to dobs. Build a mount that could hold anything from a 12.5 down just by using a bigger altitude bearing for the smaller tubes, but, it hasn’t happened yet.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 9:44:24 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I first heard of John Dobson during an old 6-part PBS series called The Astronomeers.
Ever since, I’ve wanted to buy a Dobsonian Telescope.
I think it’s time that I finally do so.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 9:47:54 AM PST by chud
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

For my own use I have a really superb refractor with great lenses


11 posted on 01/16/2014 1:44:51 PM PST by Nifster
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A lot of people prefer refractors, especially for visual observation of the moon and planets. A dob still gives you the most light for the buck, and very satisfactory performance.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 2:05:54 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: chud

You might try to find a small (4-6”) used dob on line and see how you like it. If not sell if for what you paid. A 6” dob is easy to handle and use.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 2:09:12 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

RIP.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 6:26:17 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Built my own with specialized optics. Am very happy with it.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 7:03:14 PM PST by Nifster
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