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Earlier today 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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Thanks for the news, Dave. RIP, John. No one person has done more for amateur astronomers in the past 50 years.


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Very sad news. RIP John. Thanks for all you did for amateur astronomy!

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I too have seen him speak, very interesting gentleman


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RIP, John Dobson. The San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers are what first inspired me to get interested in astronomy. Dobson was a true inspiration.

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Thank you, John Dobson, for changing my life. I would not have a 30" scope if it were not for you.

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My first view of Saturn was from a 12" long FL Dob constructed by my mentor when I was an undergraduate. Without the John Dobson's mount I would not be supervising two undergraduates in the reconstruction of an old 17.5" dob into a truss rod scope.

Rest in Peace John Dobson and dream of the stars.


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