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Old 07-21-2020, 01:52 PM   #1
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I saw a few rather old threads, so I thought I'd revive this if there's anybody interested in astronomy.

My undergrad degree is in astro, so I've kept up with it off and on over the years. One thing driving my desire to get an RV is to be able to escape the gawd-awful light pollution in the suburbs and get out to where you can actually see the Milky Way.

I've been able to do that to some extent tent camping and renting cabins, but a Scamp would give me a lot more flexibility and comfort. Yes, you can rent a lot of nights at a cabin or buy a lot of tents for the cost of a Scamp, but...
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I've been wishing for a view of Neowise. The evening weather hasn't cooperated. Morning is out!
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:13 PM   #3
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I'm very interested in astronomy, unfortunately I'm not very skilled. <_<
Here is a shot of the Comet Neowise I got from Morro Bay over the weekend.
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"We" keep learning more, but I hardly do. I studied geology long before anyone dreamed up plate tectonics. Last week I read ( https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/s...-universe.html ) and the astronomy I learned bore no relationship to the contents of that article.


The last few years I've spent some time trying to grasp 20th century physics with not much to show for my efforts. At least I'm having a good time.
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I saw a few rather old threads, so I thought I'd revive this if there's anybody interested in astronomy.

My undergrad degree is in astro, so I've kept up with it off and on over the years. One thing driving my desire to get an RV is to be able to escape the gawd-awful light pollution in the suburbs and get out to where you can actually see the Milky Way.

I've been able to do that to some extent tent camping and renting cabins, but a Scamp would give me a lot more flexibility and comfort. Yes, you can rent a lot of nights at a cabin or buy a lot of tents for the cost of a Scamp, but...
Your comment about the Milky Way sounds like what I have been saying for years. There is a dark sky preserve in Pennsylvania that I want to go to soon.

https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/F...s/default.aspx

Maybe this year before Florida and there should be some dark skies in Quartzite Arizona.
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The last few years I've spent some time trying to grasp 20th century physics with not much to show for my efforts. At least I'm having a good time.
Quantum is pretty bizarre from a common sense viewpoint. Add in dark matter, dark energy, and cosmic inflation and it's Crazy Town.

But the stars still shine whether we understand the physics or not...
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Quantum is pretty bizarre from a common sense viewpoint. Add in dark matter, dark energy, and cosmic inflation and it's Crazy Town.

But the stars still shine whether we understand the physics or not...

I'm comfortable with 19th century stuff but I'm hung up on determinism with the billiard ball model. The probabilistic stuff gives me a figurative headache.
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