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Hobbies

Post by BDanielMayfield » Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:40 pm

Has there previously been a thread here on members' hobbies? If so I haven't found it, so this post can start one or perhaps be appended to an earlier one if it exists.

I have two. Astronomy of course, or I wouldn't be a member of Starship Asterisk*. But astronomy is such a vast field that a persons individual interests can further branch into the many various topics the science covers. My principal interests in astronomy are exoplanets and their formation and the formation and dispersal of all the chemical elements. As far as observational astronomy is concerned I'm a lightweight, using just eyes and occasionally binoculars or a small spotting scope these days.

My second hobby is birding. Not birdwatching, as many a fellow birder will understand. Birding is learning to identify a bird by species by sight and/or sound. A or the major goal of many a birder is the expansion of one's lifelist, a list of all the different species one has been able to identify during one's lifetime. I'm a lister. My wife maintains a list too, but she is more of a watcher, which is fine.

So y'alls turn(s). What are your hobbies, both astronomical and otherwise?

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Re: Hobbies

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:56 am

I thought; dang, I don't have any! Then I thought; oh, I spend about half a day on the computer; sports, games, DVDs, APOD! Then I have my garden, and we walk the dog! Oh the dog is a hobby in her own right; she is kind of a lazy thing, so I like to mess with her a little! I taught her how to wink, play peek-a-boo, and she follows me around until I see her and then she likes to hide! :lol2:
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Re: Hobbies

Post by BDanielMayfield » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:18 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:56 am
I thought; dang, I don't have any! Then I thought; oh, I spend about half a day on the computer; sports, games, DVDs, APOD! Then I have my garden, and we walk the dog! Oh the dog is a hobby in her own right; she is kind of a lazy thing, so I like to mess with her a little! I taught her how to wink, play peek-a-boo, and she follows me around until I see her and then she likes to hide! :lol2:
Indeed Orin, everyone who enjoys APOD's daily at least has astronomy as a minor hobby.

I like to combine hobbies, like having optics that are useful for both astronomy and birding.

We also have a dog who I walk each night. Last night's sky was very nice.
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Re: Hobbies

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:26 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:18 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:56 am
I thought; dang, I don't have any! Then I thought; oh, I spend about half a day on the computer; sports, games, DVDs, APOD! Then I have my garden, and we walk the dog! Oh the dog is a hobby in her own right; she is kind of a lazy thing, so I like to mess with her a little! I taught her how to wink, play peek-a-boo, and she follows me around until I see her and then she likes to hide! :lol2:
Indeed Orin, everyone who enjoys APOD's daily at least has astronomy as a minor hobby.

I like to combine hobbies, like having optics that are useful for both astronomy and birding.

We also have a dog who I walk each night. Last night's sky was very nice.

Nice; The early morning sky is also very beautiful! With The Pleiades in the East and The Orion Constellation toward the SE; just beautiful! I believe it was the Pleiades anyway, as it appears in about the same place each morning! Correct me if I am wrong! Anyway; very pretty!
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Re: Hobbies

Post by TheZuke! » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:57 pm

Dilettante: woodworking, auto repair, electronics repair, gardening, astronomy, model railroading, collecting old woodworking tools, computers...

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Re: Hobbies

Post by Orca » Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:01 am

I used to build model airplanes when I was a kid. My daughter is 9 and I thought she might enjoy the process of building and flying a model plane. So I picked up a beginners kit from Guillows, the Lancer. It's going well so far:

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I also got a variety pack of tissue paper so she can choose its color scheme. The kits generally come with white and/or grey tissue. I thought she would enjoy choosing from more colorful options!
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Post by orin stepanek » Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:58 am

Orca wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:01 am
I used to build model airplanes when I was a kid. My daughter is 9 and I thought she might enjoy the process of building and flying a model plane. So I picked up a beginners kit from Guillows, the Lancer. It's going well so far:


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I also got a variety pack of tissue paper so she can choose its color scheme. The kits generally come with white and/or grey tissue. I thought she would enjoy choosing from more colorful options!

Good for you pop! I hope she enjoys! Brings back memories; I used to make model planes with rubber band wind up engines! :mrgreen:
I collect 1/24 model cars now! May send a photo later!
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Re: Hobbies

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:30 pm

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I had to take out of box to photo! there was too much glare!
This is Kennedy's last ride! Sad day!
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Re: Hobbies

Post by KayBur » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:16 am

I started to get involved in astronomy quite recently. My main hobby is my home. I try to do everything with my own hands. I learned how to make simple furniture, make shelves and shelves to free up space. I hope that one day I will be completely satisfied with the comfort that I have managed to create in the house. My hobby may seem boring to you, but it is primarily useful. I can fix almost any device except small electronics and it really helps to save money. This is an important aspect these days.

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Post by Daniel DeSclafani » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:18 pm

My hobby is astrophotography! I also do landscape as well, however, since discovering and attempting AP it has been my concentration and will most likely remain that way! I do play video games as well, but not much. I hope that in the future when I start to learn more about astronomy, physics and the universe that i can do some kind of outreach. I have a desire and passion to learn and tell. I love a great conversation about astronomy.

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Re: Hobbies

Post by BDanielMayfield » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:44 pm

KayBur wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:16 am
I started to get involved in astronomy quite recently. My main hobby is my home. I try to do everything with my own hands. I learned how to make simple furniture, make shelves and shelves to free up space. I hope that one day I will be completely satisfied with the comfort that I have managed to create in the house. My hobby may seem boring to you, but it is primarily useful. I can fix almost any device except small electronics and it really helps to save money. This is an important aspect these days.
Very practical KayBur. Welcome to the forum.
Daniel DeSclafani wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:18 pm
My hobby is astrophotography! I also do landscape as well, however, since discovering and attempting AP it has been my concentration and will most likely remain that way! I do play video games as well, but not much. I hope that in the future when I start to learn more about astronomy, physics and the universe that i can do some kind of outreach. I have a desire and passion to learn and tell. I love a great conversation about astronomy.
Excellent Daniel. Please share some images here, if you wish. Welcome also.

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Re: Hobbies

Post by owlice » Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:39 am

I guess since I'm retired, everything I do is a hobby. :)

I like to travel, and often when I travel, I look for wildlife, and birds in particular. And music, especially classical. I also like to read, bike, and I have a lot of craft handiwork projects I might finish someday...

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Re: Hobbies

Post by Ann » Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:38 am

Beautiful pictures, Owlice. I'm impressed.

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Re: Hobbies

Post by KayBur » Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:16 am

owlice wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:39 am
I guess since I'm retired, everything I do is a hobby. :)

I like to travel, and often when I travel, I look for wildlife, and birds in particular. And music, especially classical. I also like to read, bike, and I have a lot of craft handiwork projects I might finish someday...


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DSCN9000_ScrubJay_GoletaCA_smaller.jpeg
DSCN6092_cattleegret_HanaumaBay_smaller.jpeg
DSCN0823_BlueJay_headfluff_backyard_smaller.jpeg
Your photos are amazing! How do you take photos? Is it the placement of camera traps or waiting many hours with the camera in certain places? Photography, as for me, takes a very long time. You also need to wait to catch the desired frame. And travel also takes a lot of time and money.