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Biggest astronomical regret?


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Trying to collimate my MAK 180 Pro! Created a real beast of burden for myself and have had to send it to a specialist to sort.

Also, being bone idol during the few good evenings and not getting out there. This coupled with becoming distracted by AP and forgetting the pleasure of simply looking up.

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No real regrets.  I was going to say moving up to West Yorkshire from Hampshire for family reasons fifteen years ago - the weather is much worse up in the North West.  However, finding The Astronomy Centre near Todmorden has been great, and I've met many like-minded people as a result.  In particular Peter Drew who runs TAC.  If there is anything Peter doesn't know about telescopes, and anything related to them, it probably isn't worth knowing! 

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Just regret not seeing the transit of Venus. I found a high dark spot, arrived a couple of hour early, set up the scope and just sat there watching clouds, grrrrr!

Nick.

other than not starting (properly) earlier this is mine - exactly the same circumstances too for Venus transit.

I have though seem an almost complete solar eclipse, a paertial eclipse and sat up for many a lunar eclipse as well as seeing a number of comets (Hale Bopp and Hyakutake included) before I was seriously hooked (I was birder at the time and had many an early start)

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-Not buying a telescope when i was younger

-The weather during the 1999 eclipse

-That earth isn't on the edge of a globular cluster (not too far in so you don't miss out on views of the rest of the universe)

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I have no regrets at all. You can't do anything about it; wishing it were different only makes you suffer.

The only thing I might have done differently is the total eclipse in 1999. I got a great view of totality, even though the only kit I had was eclipse glasses. It really was a great experience. If it were to happen now, I would probably try to image it, but I suspect that I would spend more time messing with the kit trying to get the exposure right and the framing right and the video clips in the right folder etc. that I would probably miss out on sharing a special event with the family as I did in 1999.

I went to Cornwall to see it right at the coast, I was not into astro at the time, but it was an amazing experience. It was fully clouded over but that shadow rushing in coming in over the sea falling onto the hills, the sense of speed at which it happened was a sight to behold.

No regrets really bar one, why did I not start earlier when I lived  on the south west coast in Ireland with some of the best skies possible when younger, free of light pollution for miles and miles. Even if the weather is poor there, when the weather plays ball it is amazing. Seeing the milky way when I visit that part of the world is a sight to behold. I've never seen anything like it elsewhere on this side of the pond, even wales when I visited before I had scopes.  

Now that I do have scopes my parent always rant on about the amazing skies when it is clear in that place. I visit there at least once a year anyway, and it is nice to have an optional holiday home there I can stay in for free. Hopefully if I time it a bit better this time ( the last visit was a washout ) with hopefully clear skies at some point this year, I  should be able to see what a 10 inch scope is really capable of. One of the reasons I insisted on having a scope I can fit in the car easily with room to spare when on holiday, so I can take it to further places as well as local trips  :)

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The thing I regret about the 1999 eclipse is being so very disappointed at the time and not just enjoying it for what it was.

Looking back now it was a great family camping holiday, and the (cloudy) eclipse was just an added extra.

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Booking a holiday at the same time astrofest is on. Doh!

Buying a set of bins 5 years ago and not pointing them upwards till last october.

Likewise using my brothers 4" refractor as a kid and not pointing it upwards at night.

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Regrets are I suppose, those things under your control which you wish you'd made another decision. I don't have any of those, but I still wish it had been possible for me to find the few hundred pounds needed to go see the 2006 total eclipse of the sun in Turkey. The family budget could hardly be raided so there was no choice, and I have no regrets about that. Perhaps if I made it to 2017 in the US, that would make up for it?

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Not getting off my backside last night after that awful storm and checking the weather until it was too late (I would have seen that it had cleared up). That silly decision may mean I'll never get to see the M82 supernova (although the LP in London means I probably wouldn't have seen it anyway).

Missing the Venus transit gets on my nerves as I'll now never get to see it.

I'm proud to have clocked two total solar eclipses though. I'm looking to make it a hat trick in 2017.

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Hi MahlerMoonMan,

Waiting far too long before discovering Shostakovich's music (found Mahler early on). 

Oh, astronomy, nothing serious - I accept that it is a (very) part time hobby with our clouds, you have got to have other things to do as well.  I do regret printing out a finder chart for the asteroid in February 2013 with the time set an hour late, it was a clear calm night but the asteroid was an hour ahead of me!  I must have nearly been looking at it.  You live and learn.

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