April 18, 2016

why is the concept of an astronomer continuously peering through a telescope not valid today?

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Modern professional astronomers do not spend much time at all at an eyepiece. The huge telescopes we use today to do real astronomical science are too large to be useful for actual visual observation. Instead, they are used with various types of detection equipment to image the cosmos in many different ways. Professional astronomers spend most of their time preparing photographic research and analyzing data.

Amateur astronomers, however, are quite different. They are typically limited to using much smaller equipment and therefore can enjoy the activity of visual observation, though many spend time doing photography as well.

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I don’t know what you mean?I consider myself an astronomer even if an amiture.Im out there on almost every clear night peering through my telescope.And love it,because its an awesome hobie.


It is, actually. I’m an astronomer and I peer through my telescopes all the time. Maybe this is why you can’t figure out the answer, the premise of your question is wrong.

Professional astronomers make extensive use of photography, and image objects in wavelengths our eyes can’t see. But not all astronomers are professionals.

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