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(Universe Today)   Amateur astronomy's hippy grandpa has ground his last mirror   (universetoday.com) divider line 20
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2014-01-23 03:16:48 PM  
I looked through one of his designs and saw a planet with a string of moons around it.

Wonderful sight.
 
2014-01-23 03:17:05 PM  
Time to reflect on his life I guess.
 
2014-01-23 03:23:29 PM  
We should focus on all of his good work.
 
2014-01-23 03:28:09 PM  
He really dared to go against the Cassegrain.
 
2014-01-23 03:46:16 PM  
Time to break out the XTi 8 tonight in his honor :(

Hah, who am I kidding, it's gonna be cloudy again
 
2014-01-23 03:49:59 PM  
He received mounting acclaim for his work.
 
2014-01-23 04:13:57 PM  
RIP Stargazer,
thanks for helping bring the night sky into focus for the average Joe.
 
2014-01-23 04:21:37 PM  
I built my dob. No mirror grinding though. Yet. I like to bring it out for Haloween -- nothing quite like some smartass teenagers shutting the hell up the first time they see Saturn's rings through a telescope, then pick their jaws up off the ground.

RIP sidewalk star guy.
 
2014-01-23 04:37:15 PM  
I like reading about his alternate theories. For example, he calls the Big Bang bullshiat. While observations do support the Big Bang, nobody can answer how the first atom of energy got there. At some point, there was nothing - yet it exploded. Instead, he claims what I always have beleived - that the universe has always existed. We are taught at a young age that everything has a start point and an end point. But those are man made references that have turned into hard limits in our brain. I believe the answer to be that the universe has always existed and will always exist. We can't comprehend that because we have been taught that everything starts somewhere.
 
2014-01-23 05:07:08 PM  
I have a small Dobsonian telescope. It's fun on the three nights a year of clear night skies we ger 'round these parts.
 
2014-01-23 05:12:50 PM  

Farkomatic: I like reading about his alternate theories. For example, he calls the Big Bang bullshiat. While observations do support the Big Bang, nobody can answer how the first atom of energy got there. At some point, there was nothing - yet it exploded. Instead, he claims what I always have beleived - that the universe has always existed. We are taught at a young age that everything has a start point and an end point. But those are man made references that have turned into hard limits in our brain. I believe the answer to be that the universe has always existed and will always exist. We can't comprehend that because we have been taught that everything starts somewhere.


I'm pretty sure that the Big Bang doesn't disagree with that at all. With the big bang came both the universe and time. Time has only existed since the big bang, so there is a start point, but there isn't anything meaningful about the concept of "before the big bang".
 
2014-01-23 05:13:06 PM  
RIP Dobson. I've owned two, and they were both awesome. Great, practical telescope design for visual use.
 
2014-01-23 05:23:35 PM  
He now gets to look at the stars up close.
 
2014-01-23 05:39:04 PM  
An amazing guy. Could've made a mint off of his design (even though it borrowed a lot of older principles), but chose not to.

/13" Dob, primitive as they got
//lawnmower-blade spider
 
2014-01-23 05:39:58 PM  

Farkomatic: I like reading about his alternate theories. For example, he calls the Big Bang bullshiat. While observations do support the Big Bang, nobody can answer how the first atom of energy got there.


He did not have supporting computer generated animation with an expensive Hollywood star doing voice over to prove his theory as fact.
 
2014-01-23 06:23:52 PM  
RIP STARHUSTLER
 
2014-01-23 07:59:13 PM  
RIP, Dobbs
 
2014-01-24 02:27:03 AM  
Last light.
 
2014-01-24 09:11:52 AM  

Grandpa: Farkomatic: I like reading about his alternate theories. For example, he calls the Big Bang bullshiat. While observations do support the Big Bang, nobody can answer how the first atom of energy got there. At some point, there was nothing - yet it exploded. Instead, he claims what I always have beleived - that the universe has always existed. We are taught at a young age that everything has a start point and an end point. But those are man made references that have turned into hard limits in our brain. I believe the answer to be that the universe has always existed and will always exist. We can't comprehend that because we have been taught that everything starts somewhere.

I'm pretty sure that the Big Bang doesn't disagree with that at all. With the big bang came both the universe and time. Time has only existed since the big bang, so there is a start point, but there isn't anything meaningful about the concept of "before the big bang".


Yes, but fundamentally, you can't explain where the first particle came from. The Big Bang theories take us to the microsecond details after the big ass asplosion, But how did that first particle get there? If at the beginning - if there were one - there was nothing, how could the first particle develop in that environment? The answer clearly lies (in my opinion anyhow), that it's always been there. There is no 40 trillion years ago in space - that's our man made reference. There is no 800 quadrillion miles away in space = again, another man made reference to help us comprehend it. The Big Bang may explain how our own little corner of the universe got started, but I think it was one of an infinite series of events.

I need more weed.
 
2014-01-25 02:17:49 AM  
Godspeed. Let there be light.
 
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