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    Cool Other hobbies or past times outside of detailing

    I know we all have a love of detailing autos in this group, but I'm wondering if anyone else has other hobbies or interests to occupy the free time? Myself personally, I build and paint model cars, figures, sci-fi kits etc. and also do custom painting and commissioned art work for people outside of my day job.

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    Re: Other hobbies or past times outside of detailing

    I was heavily in to model making growing up, I sought of lost interest in my 30s. But due a couple of changes in circumstance, I find myself spending time, and money, on it again. I'm not working at ATM, due to the other circumstance, we moved to another city, 2 hours north, so I left my job, and got 10 weeks of unused leave paid out, so I don't need to work just yet. Also, packing up the old house, I found a bunch of old kits I hadn't started or finished. That gave me the bug, so I worked on a couple, then bought a few more. Below is the alien ship from Indepence Day, I made this about 15 years ago, and the other is a 1/72 X-Wing from Bandai, made a couple of weeks ago. Both are now on display in the new media room, above the height my little nephew can reach. I also collect die cast cars, mainly hot wheels size. I started when I saw a couple of classic muscle cars in a bargain bin in a supermarket, 10 years later I'm at well over 2000. Once you start collecting something, it's very hard to stop, especially when they only cost 2 or 3 dollars.

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    Picked up astronomy again (also learning Astro photography, steep learning curve tp photograph nebula and galaxies correctly, at least for me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markymapo View Post
    Picked up astronomy again (also learning Astro photography, steep learning curve tp photograph nebula and galaxies correctly, at least for me)
    I completely forgot about astronomy, although if I'm honest, it's more of an interest than a hobby for me. I have a cheap telescope ($700 - $800), but it rarely comes out. I'm more likely to get the reclining camp chair and the binoculars out. I will get up early to watch a meteor shower, if the weather doesn't screw me. I do subscribe to Australian Sky & Telescope, they jost had an article about the new Sony astrophotography camera last month, looks good, but I wouldn't get the use out of it.

    I was up early one morning in March, and caught a Starlink train, 16 or 17 satellites all in a row crossing the sky. Awesome sight, but it does play havoc with astrophotography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markymapo View Post
    Picked up astronomy again (also learning Astro photography, steep learning curve tp photograph nebula and galaxies correctly, at least for me)
    I met a guy at a figure painting workshop who does some awesome astrophotography. He and his friend drive out to the country without light pollution and shoot the galaxy trails etc. It's really cool.

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    Picked up astronomy again (also learning Astro photography, steep learning curve tp photograph nebula and galaxies correctly, at least for me)
    I've also been into Amateur Astronomy for many decades. Still have two nice Refractors, 5.2" Apomax, a 4.1" AP Traveler, and a Byers Mount.
    Sold all my Astro film cameras, a Pentax 6x7, and a Nikon F-3HP. Never really started up with CCD.

    Had a friend in New Mexico I lived close to who used to make the Flip Mirrors and Color Wheels for CCD Imaging, Andy Homeyer. Used to make very nice rock solid Mount Cradles for C-14's too. He sadly passed about 5 or so years ago at age 74.

    Once had a very nice Celestron C-14 and a bought new Astro-Physics 1200GTO Mount, sold them both, sure wish I hadn't

    Like shooting sports, fishing, and audio. Still play Drums and also dabble with electric Bass Guitar too.

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    Avid bowhunter. Whitetail deer mostly but have arrowed many other animals including 2 black bear
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    To Markd51. I just picked up a new AP1100 using with a SV130 10 years old) learning the ropes. The problem is Astro photography occurs typically late at night and lake fishing very early so only a few hours in between and then if my buddy is wakeboarding he swings by at 8am after I have been fishing early am . And my wife asks why I am sleepy Saturday by noon
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    Re: Other hobbies or past times outside of detailing

    Other than detailing, I love to spend time with my wife and dogs.

    But fishing is my other love.

    I'm also the guy that people come to when their small engines won't run. I like to work on them, but helping my friends and neighbors is what I enjoy about it the most.
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    PaulMys do you fish freshwater or salt as I see you are on LI
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