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Partners Reaction To Your Telescope?


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Hello all,

I was going to call this thread "She likes it 8 inches & Black" but decided against it. LOL! When i told my girlfriend i was ordering a Telescope i was curious about what she would say. i think she was slightly worried how big it was going to be and the cost. She kept saying "Your mad". She knew i'd be keeping it in our bedroom and i think that was her biggest concern.

However, now i have it. i think she is ok with it. I have a Celestron CPC 800, which is fairly big. What was/is your partners reaction to your telescope.

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When my girlfriend first saw my 12" dob, her reactions were: "That is big!... And cool!... And the views through it will sure be great! I am looking forward to summer when we will go to the airfield to roast marshmallows (how american!) and watch the stars!." ;) Though I know she will spend the night sleepig in the car, as always, it's kind of her

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When I got the first, the OH was fine, when she saw the 2nd turn up, it was "What! another, why? you alread have one"

When the 3rd scope arrived, it was "Oh my GOD, WHAT NOW!!!"

I'm pushing the limits now, so if I get another one,;) the old scope will have to go. Well, at least, thats what I shall say!

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My very important scope kit gets very little attention from the Mrs. She seems vaguely aware that different scopes exist but all serve the same purpose. That is allowing me spend long cold nights in the shed. Though she doesn't really know one from another.

From the other side.

The Mrs seems to place great importance on handbags. I have no idea how many she owns. They are I believe in different shapes and sizes and colours. There must be a reason for this. But all seem to serve the same purpose. That is providing a substitue for pockets that are absent from female clothing. OUCH. Yes they also hurt when you get hit by one!

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Mine isn't bothered by them, especially now they have cases and can live in the garage (bloke's domain) and don't clutter up the house. She doesn't moan at me about the expense, I don't complain about her spending on frocks and shoes. It's a happy balance.

Anyway, compared to the vast number of musical instruments I have (10 saxes, two clarinets, a flute, two pianos, couple of guitars, bag of gob irons) the scopes pale into insignificance.

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My wifes about used to me scopes lying around the house, however:

Comment on seeing 200P for the first time : You want to put that where exactly?

Comment on seeing Meg72 for the first time : It's a bit small isn't it?

Scouts honour, that's my wife for you ;)

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My husband got given our first scope, he thought he was amazing coming home with a free beginners scope not long after I expressed an interest ;)

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I had a telescope before I got married so my wife has always known I had an interest in Stargazing. When the kids were old enough to want to join in, the limitations of my little 60mm refractor became apparent, so an upgrade was deemed a family essential ;)

She does seem to go through phases though. In December she asked me if I wanted an 8" Quattro for Christmas, but when I told her I was picking up an ST80 at SGL7 the comment was "another one???, you've got 6 already..."

Never know where I stand ;)

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I mentioned one night that she didn't need to switch outside light on when I come home from work as I liked to watch the sky, she then bought a planisphere from Phillips and the bug bit.

So who's to blame when the Naglers start dropping through the letter box ?

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I walked in with a case, then the EQ6 head, then the tripod.. she thought it was ridiculous.

Next up she saw some imaging.. m57 and others.. then she got to see visually and I think she appreciates the differences.. she seems to accept that a better mount would be good but I'm hoping a look through a big scope will end up with permission to build ;)

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My wife really enjoyed the stargazing live thing, and was very supportive when I got the Nexstar - she merely expressed surprise at how short and fat it was! She loves the views though.

When the Tal came, she raised an eyebrow and said at least that one looks like a proper telescope - then promptly hogged the EP to look at the moon for the next 10 mins ;).

Not sure what she'll say when the next one comes...(hope she's not reading this!)

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My wife was a bit concerned at first when she saw the truck load of boxes show up on the front lawn. After I assembled it I thought it matched the dining room furniture nicely, so that's where I keep it on display when I'm not using it. Besides, all my youngsters like to show it off to thier friends.

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In the interests of balance...I am the 'wife' (well partner) and the scope is MINE!! ;)

He bought it for me as a surprise Christmas present after my school project sparked my interest, and was so pleased to be able to show me all the technical stuff - now I've been on here and learned loads more, he just rolls his eyes when I start talking about it...apparently I am 'dangerously obsessed'!

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I know the 'You're obsessed' but i like to think that my better half has a real interest in it, not that she spends nights upon nights outside with me in the cold, but is very willing to listen to me rant on about my set up, what i want to image and look at and how much money i want to spend.

We are both from 'scientific backgrounds' so share each others interests in VERY different areas, she specialises in Medicene, im the physicist (hence the bad spelling and REALLY POOR handwriting....) anyway, none the less, she is very supportive of me and my toys!

Oh...and i got 'Is that it?!' LOL (to the size of it)

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