John Dobson, R.I.P.

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John Dobson, R.I.P.
Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:48 PM

Not long ago I learned that John Dobson, the originator and promoter of the Dobsonian mount, sidewalk astronomer, and itinerant Hindu monk, passed away today at the age of 98.  I heard him speak a number of times and had a few conversations with John over the years.  He was certainly a colorful personality.

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Posted by stars4life on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:04 PM

A great loss to astronomy. He surely lived long and prospered.  

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:31 PM

Sic itur ad astra!

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Posted by pastorg on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:14 PM

Thanks to his design a great many of us have been able to own a "light bucket" and increase our enjoyment of the night sky.

R.I.P.  John

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:00 PM

Who would have believed back in the 1960s, when Dobson was starting out and a 12.5-inch Newtonian was a gigantic telescope, that amateur astronomers would someday own scopes with apertures of 48 and 70 inches?

I've owned eight Dobsonians since the 1990s.  Unfortunately, the weather wouldn't allow me to take one out tonight in memory of Mr. Dobson.

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Posted by Antitax on Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:32 AM

pastorg

Thanks to his design a great many of us have been able to own a "light bucket" and increase our enjoyment of the night sky.

R.I.P.  John

   That's exactly my case. R.I.P.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:15 PM

Sic itur ad astra!

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:05 PM

Astronomy.com's article on John Dobson can be seen at http://www.astronomy.com/news/2014/01/astronomy-popularizer-john-dobson-dies

Dobson's age is incorrect in the photo caption.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:32 PM

By the way, there's an asteroid bearing John's name.

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=18024

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, January 20, 2014 2:56 PM

Not surprised about an asteroid being named for him.  It is a very rare thing to have invented such a pivotal piece of simple engineering that revolutionized amatuer telescopes.  When referring to a Dobsonian telescope we all know what is meant. 

Rest in peace John Dobson.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, January 24, 2014 1:45 PM

DaveMitsky

Astronomy.com's article on John Dobson can be seen at http://www.astronomy.com/news/2014/01/astronomy-popularizer-john-dobson-dies

Dobson's age is incorrect in the photo caption.

Dave Mitsky

 

I informed Astronomy that the age originally listed in the article (94) was incorrect and it's been changed.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, January 26, 2014 11:25 AM

Sic itur ad astra!

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Posted by Antitax on Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00 PM

   From the NY Times:

"Though he lectured regularly, he [John Dobson] never had a steady source of income. He told The Los Angeles Times in 2005 that the last year he had paid income tax was 1944".

   Wow!! Cool Meow!! Respect!! Pirate

  

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:18 PM

John Dobson took a vow of poverty and chastity when he became a Vedantic monk.

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Posted by Antitax on Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:22 PM

   The taxmen should have taken the vow of poverty. If he can do it, they can.

   End of the off-topic for me.

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