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To let prospective new members know that even though we have a smallish number of members compared to CN or SGL we have many, many years of experience. So, let's tally up all the years that all us old (or not so old) guys/gals have been engaged in this hobby. My guess is it could be well over 2,000 years of experience.

So just chime in with how many years you've been engaged in this hobby. You can even include inactive periods so long as you looked up at the night sky and recognized a constellation at least once a week on average!

For me, it's 55 (almost 56) years.

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This should be fun, JT. 55 years here as well. With the two of us we are up to 110 years!

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:lol: Sorry Bob and JT, but your individual experiences equal my age; 55. I feel so young... As for me, my father had me interested from a young age, but it really started for me when I was about 8 1/2 when he gave me this book in 1974, and it was literally all I read. Unfortunately I was on my own with this hobby when he died between the launchings of Voyagers 2 and 1 in 1977. I've managed. So call it 46 years; I start from the time this book was given to me :D
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156 years so far. Let the count continue...

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Let's call it 66 years. I got my first telescope (a Tasco spotter) for Christmas 1955. I built my first Newtonian a little over 10 years later.
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30 years on and off.
I should be ok to put another 20 years on the clock.
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Geez, I'm the babe on the block. :D

About two years as a kid, and six years as an adult. I'll claim 8 in total. But, I've squeezed the juice out of every clear night during that eight. Except for this one. 2020 has been the proverbial fecal matter hitting the fan...right in my face.
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Ditto, 66 here, older than dirt!

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This is very difficult for me. There has been longer and shorter periods, but I come from not-so-wealthy family. I couldn't afford the gear when I was young. I had a pretty much toy scope (50 mm refractor) which I used, maybe, for a year. I belonged in the local astronomy club for about 2 years before I went to university. Now I've been a real telescope owner since last June. I probably don't lie much if I say 5 years.
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Only 36 years for myself though most of this year has been a write off with work and clouds.
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About 50 years for me. Built a 6" f8 Dob at the age of 16 :D
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It's been 5 years for me.

I started in 2015 when I was 21 years old. This is the year I met Sophia and we've skywatching (sporadically) together ever since.
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42 years - started a long time ago when I used to gaze up at the night sky in wonder. Ability to observe waned due to family obligations and demanding jobs, got back into the hobby in 2012, joined Af.net and bought a 10" Dob.
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59 years for me, counting from when my parents got me my first (really terrible!) telescope. More if you count the fascination that led them to get it for me.
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This is difficult because I have had a lot of off and on again. I was five when my dad took me out to see a satellite. While others were making models of cars in grade school I was making models of the Apollo craft. One day my mom caught my best friend and I tearing down the drapes in my bedroom and moving all my furniture to the center of the room so we could make an observatory. Other kids that age were making forts. I watched the lunar landing as a teen. I became a lab assistant for earth & space science in college, etc. etc. etc.

I am going to say 58 years, dating back to that first satellite when I was five.

BTW that same friend is my landlord on the small parcel of land where I built my observatory. We spent part of last weekend stargazing together.
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Difficult one to remember! I read an article on Universe Today about the Kuiper Belt about 20 years ago and the obsession grew from there. I've had the same binoculars for about 30 years and occasionally used them astronomically in the first 10 years. I bought my first 5" Newtonian GEM about 12 years ago.

I'm claiming 20 years! But knock me back to 12 years if optics ownership is the criteria.

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Got my first scope, a 3" cardboard Newt in 1968, I was 8 years old.

I remember looking for the Apollo missions with it 😆

So 52 years.

In 1973-78 I had my own photographic darkroom and did some AP, however never made the transition to digital. I maintain that I am too stupid for that 🤣

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Depends on the calculation method. 20 if you don't count the decades I was an occasional observer / armchair astronomer. Went a different direction after college and only dabbled now and then. (Which is why I'm now relearning a boatload of stuff I forgot.)

If you count from the git-go, 55 years. But my undergrad degree is in astro, so maybe those four years shouldn't count as a "hobbyist"? LOL.
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As a teenager 1970 to ’73, then life, followed by a move to current Cottage 2014 to 2020. Bit of messing around so let’s call it a decade.
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62 years for me. I was 10 years old when my parents gave me a small refractor for Christmas.
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I've been into this since 1980, so that puts me at a paltry 40 years, so far, and envious of you folks posting much more. :lol:
I definitely should have gotten started much earlier!

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