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Wonder how much it would cost to have your own like 20 inch orbiting telescope.

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Comment by Greg Marshall on August 7, 2012 at 8:50pm

OK, but a more serious question is whether it is worth it. What I mean is that for visible light imaging, Earth-based telescopes with exotic adaptive optics can do just as good a job - maybe better, given that much larger telescopes are viable. I think that is why all the recent activity in space telescopes has been in infrared and other bands that can't be done from Earth.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on August 7, 2012 at 8:08pm

It would be unreal. Wish there were a price tag, then there'd be something to shoot for you know lol . Gyroscopes, solar power, etc. It's totally doable.

Comment by Trevor Woodrow on August 5, 2012 at 10:43pm

Don't tease Greg!

Of course that would leave the ground support, imager, mechanics on the scope....hey do you need permission to do something like this?

Comment by Greg Marshall on August 5, 2012 at 7:38pm

I discussed this with my cousin recently. He said that if I could come up with the money for the telescope he'd provide the launch vehicle!


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