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Old February 1st 17, 02:27 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
BogeyOne
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Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


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Old February 1st 17, 09:15 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
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On Wednesday, 1 February 2017 02:28:01 UTC+1, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized Dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


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Hello, goodbye, and everything else in between, from me, BogeyOne


All you need now is a global website to marry the wanting with the unwanted.

Put me down for a free AP/RC combo in a nice big dome, with delivery thrown in, please. ;-)
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Old February 1st 17, 08:55 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
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On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 8:28:01 PM UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative.


But first verify and assess whether either the school or the youngster will actually use it.

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Old February 2nd 17, 04:34 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
Martin Brown
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On 01/02/2017 01:27, BogeyOne wrote:

Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.


Selling it secondhand might also get it to someone who will appreciate
and actually use it or donating it to your local astro club. Some clubs
I know have more donated scopes than active observers to home them with
but smaller scopes are still welcome for younger observers.

Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


I got my very first scope secondhand from someone that had got tired of
using it relatively quickly. My second a 10" LX200 was also secondhand
but from someone who was upgrading to a larger scope.

Not sure people always appreciate something that is given away as much
as something that they have bought at a bargain price. YMMV

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Old February 3rd 17, 01:21 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
RichA[_6_]
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On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:28:01 UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


--
Hello, goodbye, and everything else in between from me, BogeyOne


Go a public star party. Find someone there really interested without a scope, give it to them.
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Old February 3rd 17, 01:51 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
palsing[_2_]
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On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:21:03 PM UTC-8, RichA wrote:
On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:28:01 UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


--
Hello, goodbye, and everything else in between from me, BogeyOne


Go a public star party. Find someone there really interested without a scope, give it to them.


Many local astronomy clubs have a "loaner" program, where they loan out telescopes to people who think they 'might' be interested in the hobby but don't want to invest too much initially until they know just what type, and what size, of telescope they might want, or if they even want one at all! Donating your unwanted telescope to such an entity would ensure that it got occasionally used, as a teaching instrument.
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Old February 4th 17, 12:13 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
RichA[_6_]
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On Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:51:17 UTC-5, palsing wrote:
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:21:03 PM UTC-8, RichA wrote:
On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:28:01 UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer..
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


--
Hello, goodbye, and everything else in between from me, BogeyOne


Go a public star party. Find someone there really interested without a scope, give it to them.


Many local astronomy clubs have a "loaner" program, where they loan out telescopes to people who think they 'might' be interested in the hobby but don't want to invest too much initially until they know just what type, and what size, of telescope they might want, or if they even want one at all! Donating your unwanted telescope to such an entity would ensure that it got occasionally used, as a teaching instrument.


Got to be better than some well-intentioned but misguided bequests. One estate gave a huge quantity of historical microscopes to a university in Toronto, where they sat in storage for 10 years. Then they dumped them on the open market.
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Old February 4th 17, 07:50 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
Chris.B[_3_]
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On Saturday, 4 February 2017 00:13:42 UTC+1, RichA wrote:
On Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:51:17 UTC-5, palsing wrote:
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:21:03 PM UTC-8, RichA wrote:
On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:28:01 UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


Go a public star party. Find someone there really interested without a scope, give it to them.


Many local astronomy clubs have a "loaner" program, where they loan out telescopes to people who think they 'might' be interested in the hobby but don't want to invest too much initially until they know just what type, and what size, of telescope they might want, or if they even want one at all! Donating your unwanted telescope to such an entity would ensure that it got occasionally used, as a teaching instrument.


Got to be better than some well-intentioned but misguided bequests. One estate gave a huge quantity of historical microscopes to a university in Toronto, where they sat in storage for 10 years. Then they dumped them on the open market.


I can't see the problem with that. At least they had a chance of redistribution.

The accumulation of many physical items is a perennial problem.
Most museums have vast collections in storage which never see the light of day.
Collectors gather items obsessively until they grow old or sick.
Leaving behind what many see as mere hoards of junk or even scrap.
Surviving families are rarely equipped to place any value on a specialized collection.

At least these days there is a global means of disposal via the internet.
Specialist online forums can be helpful here if their existence is known.
In former times a [historically valuable] collection might appear at a local auction or estate sale.
With almost no publicity few other avid collectors would know of the contents or significance.
A local auction is unlikely to have expertise in depth nor widespread publicity.
There is still the problem of global re-distribution of any collection.
Which can easily multiply the cost of ownership of a single desirable item.
It's no wonder stamps are popular! ;-)
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Old February 5th 17, 07:37 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
RichA[_6_]
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On Saturday, 4 February 2017 01:50:47 UTC-5, Chris.B wrote:
On Saturday, 4 February 2017 00:13:42 UTC+1, RichA wrote:
On Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:51:17 UTC-5, palsing wrote:
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:21:03 PM UTC-8, RichA wrote:
On Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:28:01 UTC-5, BogeyOne wrote:
Are you "telescoped out?" The symptom of which would be not having had
the urge to get under the night sky with your scope for a long time
(like years), then do something good with the expensive dust gatherer.
Donate it to a school or give it to a young relative. The latter is what
I plan on doing with my mid-sized dobsonian. I have a 21 year old
grandson who will welcome it as soon as I can transport it a hundred
miles up the road to him.


Go a public star party. Find someone there really interested without a scope, give it to them.

Many local astronomy clubs have a "loaner" program, where they loan out telescopes to people who think they 'might' be interested in the hobby but don't want to invest too much initially until they know just what type, and what size, of telescope they might want, or if they even want one at all! Donating your unwanted telescope to such an entity would ensure that it got occasionally used, as a teaching instrument.


Got to be better than some well-intentioned but misguided bequests. One estate gave a huge quantity of historical microscopes to a university in Toronto, where they sat in storage for 10 years. Then they dumped them on the open market.


I can't see the problem with that. At least they had a chance of redistribution.

The accumulation of many physical items is a perennial problem.
Most museums have vast collections in storage which never see the light of day.
Collectors gather items obsessively until they grow old or sick.
Leaving behind what many see as mere hoards of junk or even scrap.
Surviving families are rarely equipped to place any value on a specialized collection.


Because going to Ebay and typing in a name is too hard?
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Old February 6th 17, 07:48 AM posted to sci.astro.amateur
Chris.B[_3_]
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On Sunday, 5 February 2017 19:37:07 UTC+1, RichA wrote:
On Saturday, 4 February 2017 01:50:47 UTC-5, Chris.B wrote:


Surviving families are rarely equipped to place any value on a specialized collection.


Because going to Ebay and typing in a name is too hard?


Totally over-simplistic nonsense, I'm afraid.

I doubt there are 100 people alive who can positively identify and value many private collections.
Many avid "collectors" don't have the funds to afford even the most common examples within some 'disciplines.'
Not everybody collects baseball cards and I'd use them for firelighters.
That's the thing about collections. One man's obsession is another long yawn.

Many interesting collections are no more than scrap to the families or elderly wives who inherit them.
Take the simplest example: Somebody who collects telephone exchange apparatus from the past.
It probably looks like badly worn, re-painted scrap to most people.
It all weighs a ton and may have fragile glass doors and solid hardwood cases.
To the collector it is priceless because it captures a forgotten technology.
How do you value it or package it to dump it on eBay to an absolutely tiny global market?
The expert collector has passed on with only his tatty library of repair guides and notes as an impenetrable guide.
The museums don't have the funds, the display space, nor remotely the public interest to display such items.
Even a unique collection of books on some completely obscure subject may not engender any interest on eBay.
The cost of global dispersion would be crippling.

Perhaps there should be virtual [online] museums for collectors to upload 3D images and data for posterity?
Blogs certainly don't cut it and may have a vanishingly small readership.
People complain about the size of the images when they have a slow connection.
Once the blog owner passes on the unique insight into a forgotten technology goes with him.
The blog is not maintained so there is nothing new to excite other collectors.
You can't take it with you was never more true than with a collector's lifetime obsession.
 




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