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Comment by MsGalaxy on April 23, 2009 at 12:24am
How nice to find this group! I founded the Southern Oregon Skywatchers in 1993 and have been an avid amateur astronomer for twenty years. Got my chemistry degree at age 44; if my local university had had a degree in astronomy I would have gotten that instead.
Comment by Jim C. on April 19, 2009 at 4:31pm
Let's not dismiss the bachelor's degree! I got my BS in physics and have been loving my life as a planetarium director for more than 11 years now! It's actually what I wanted to do after college and I can't think of much else I'd rather do.
Comment by MJ on March 29, 2009 at 4:56pm
@StephenG You're welcome... I am always in awe of good space photos...
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 29, 2009 at 4:37pm
Thanks for the link, MJ.
Comment by MJ on March 29, 2009 at 3:57pm
For fans of HUbble photos :

http://heritage.stsci.edu/gallery/gallery.html
Comment by Don DeNatale on March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm
Richard, that sounds so cool volunteering at the visitor's center on Mauna Kea. My wife & I took a tour of Mauna Kea back in 1998 (hard to believe it's been 11 years!), but I didn't plan our visit to Hawaii very well, because there was a waxing gibbous moon on the night of our tour. The guide stopped halfway down the mountain after the main tour and set up an 8-inch Celestron. Even with the bright moon, it was pretty neat. The official visitor's center was closed the night we were there.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 28, 2009 at 5:20pm
Mauna Kea. Wow, I envy you that. Maybe your logic chain of astronomy to physics to math is why I never got beyond a Bachelor's. I was OK at math, but I sucked at physics. UCLA didn't have a single physics professor who knew how to teach the subject. (And it wasn't just me, either. None of the other students in my class could get past it the way those professors taught it.) But the wonder of astronomy still beat out the science of it.
Comment by Richard Valcourt on March 28, 2009 at 4:59pm
I wish that I could have obtained even a "lowly" Bachelor's in astronomy. Alas, my skills in higher mathematics were too deficient. After all, astronomy is physics and physics is math and...well, you do the math. :-)

Fortunately, I've been able to indulge my never-ending love of astronomy by doing occasional volunteer work here at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center, which is at the 9200 foot level. The night sky there will take your breath away. I totally agree with Don: nothing compares with showing a novice Saturn through a telescope for the first time. The usual reaction is disbelief, followed by near-religious awe. That's the kind of religious epiphany we can all live with.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 28, 2009 at 4:40pm
My eyes aren't in great shape for telescopic observations these days, but I still revel in the beautiful Hubble pictures.
Comment by MJ on March 28, 2009 at 4:39pm
A Comet swung low,
To gather true believers
They reaped what they sowed.
The Comet was much brighter,
More so than the followers.

(my poetic contribution to Comet Hale-Bopp, and atheism)
 

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