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Astronomers and Their Dobs: Paying a Twitter Tribute to John Dobson

Amateur astronomers love their Dobs. As we said in a previous article, “A Dobsonian is simplicity in itself; a simple set of optics on a simple mount. But don’t be fooled by this simplicity. Dobsonian telescopes are incredibly good and are great for amateurs and professional astronomers alike.”

And so, we were all saddened to learn of the passing of John Dobson, the inventor of this beloved telescope. We asked our followers on Twitter to tweet pictures of their Dobs, and our feed got flooded with pics and remembrances. See a bunch of our retweets below:

Amateur astronomer Stephen Uitti and his Dobsonian telescope.

Amateur astronomer Stephen Uitti and his Dobsonian telescope.

You can see more on our Twitter feed.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Olaf2 January 17, 2014, 12:53 PM

    Dobsonians, when size DOES matter!