You know you’re an AstroNut when…

  • …the first thing you notice about any new place is how dark it is.
  • …you know the word for astronomy in more than one language. (Very useful for the travelling AstroNut, aside from the words: “food “water “help .)
  • …you wouldn’t spend a dime on most things, but you’ll splurge when it comes to astronomical equipment.
  • …the cost of your equipment is more than the vehicle you use to transport it.
  • …you frown at those who say, “Ah.. so can you predict my future?” and proceed to lecture them on the difference between astronomy and astrology.
  • …you remembered the dates when you bought your eyepieces, but forgot your mother’s/ wife’s/ girlfriend’s birthday.
  • …you don’t need more exercise since carrying all your equipment burns more calories than a 2-hour gym workout.
  • …you hate, deplore, despise and curse at M0 (a.k.a. clouds) at any astronomy event… and…
  • …you have actually developed a personal ritual to chase bad weather away, and are mastering more from other cultures.
  • …you attempt to outdistance bad weather by driving further up North / South / East / West.
  • …you care more about a speck of dust on your optics than the thick layer on your living room floor.
  • …you attempted to locate the main power switch for your district… and…
  • …you ever aimed a stone (or something to the same effect) at a streetlamp.
  • …you think that not getting enough sleep at night is a good thing.
  • …you ask your optometrist about the availability of H-Alpha Sunglasses.
  • …you center your vacation time around the New Moon.
  • …you don’t buy a house until you’ve had a chance to see how dark the neighborhood gets at night.
  • …you build your dream home with a roll-off roof (or optionally, a rotating dome roof).
  • …all the night lights in your house are red.
  • …somebody asks you where you live and you tell him the latitude and longitude of your house.
  • …somebody asks where your town is and you pull out a map and show him how to “star hop” from town to town to find it.
  • …you’ve named your kids and pets after stars or constellations.
  • …you can hand-draw your own star charts down to the 7th magnitude — from memory!
  • …when you take a new vehicle for a test drive, the first thing you do is run by home to see whether your telescope will fit in the trunk.
  • …you pick up a mailing tube and wonder what the focal length would be.
  • …you pour cream into your swirling coffee and see a spiral galaxy. -littlestarhawk
  • …the Milky Way ruins your night vision.