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Bob Berman's Strange Universe: Why would anyone quit astronomy?

April 2010: A variety of complaints can make people give up on our beloved hobby.
Bob Berman
They find me somehow. "Can you help us set up our new telescope?" asks a stranger's voice over the phone. If they live nearby, sure. But if I run into them again and ask how astronomy's going, there's a familiar response: "We used the scope only once more."

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