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The Ten Commandments for Amateur Astronomers
Thou shalt have no white light before thee, behind thee,
or to the side of thee whilst sharing the night sky with thy
Thou shalt not love thy telescope more than thy spouse or
thy children; as much as, maybe, but not more.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's telescope, unless it
exceeds in aperture or electronics twice that of thy wildest dreams.
Thou shalt not read "Astronomy" or "Sky & Telescope" on
company time, for thine employer makes it possible to continue thine
Thou shalt have at least two telescopes so as to keep thy
spouse interested when the same accompanies thee under the night sky
or on eclipse expeditions to strange lands where exotic wild animals
doth roam freely.
Thou shalt not allow either thy sons or thy daughters to
get married during the Holy Days of Starfest.
Thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the true cost of thy
telescope collection; only the individual components and that shall
be done with great infrequency.
Thou shalt not buy thy spouse any lenses, filters, dew
shields, maps, charts, or any other necessities for Christmas,
anniversaries, or birthdays unless thy spouse needs them for their
Thou shalt not deceive thy spouse into thinking that ye
are taking them for a romantic Saturday night drive when indeed thou
art heading for a dark sky site.
Thou shalt not store thy telescope in thy living room,
dining room, or bedroom, lest thou be sleeping with it full time.
'If one wishes to obtain a definite answer from Nature one must attack the question from a more general and less selfish point of view.'