Welcome to my astronomy blog, I dedicate myself to the simplest form of amateur astronomy which requires only portable equipment. My current lifestyle keeps me away from dark skies, so I can only target on solar system targets.
I have two small refractors, two small binoculars, one small GOTO mount and another small equatorial mount, and a small H-alpha solar filter.
I am inspired by a local youtuber so that I want to try out hiking plus photography, probably even astrophotography!
I therefore need a good backpack for this purpose. I want a backpack which will allow me to take basic camera and lenses, a small tripod, and more importantly, a hydration bladder so that I can hike with it. The one which I choose is the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW.
I choose this backpack because it looks like a hiking backpack more than a camera backpack. For my purpose, photography is not the key point. Being able to take a camera body plus two lenses are probably enough for me. In the above picture, we have a Canon 70D with Canon 10-22mm attached, and a Canon 100-400mm lens on the side. Notice that the bag will not take a Canon 70D with the Canon 100-400mm attached.
Finding a camera backpack with a hydration bladder is not easy, and this is one of the exceptions. The hydration bladder compartment can hold a laptop alternatively! It makes this bag useful for daily purpose as well.
The top compartment could be used to take other personal stuff, like food and maybe a small tripod, or rain jacket. This is important for hiking trip. The weather also features a built-in rain cover! The hip belt has two small pockets for some minor stuff, like a power bank for mobile phone, etc.
Finally, there is a outside sleeve for some small items like your hat, and so on... for quick grab!
Really wanted to see how it works out in the field. I'll do more hiking and photography trip during the summer, when camping is too hot to be an option.
Let's see how it works out, the usability and comfort is yet to be tried out.
I have been given a chance to give up my duty, and I feel sorry to end my role of moderator this way.
So, I did a screen capture as memory:
I really forgot how long I had been a moderator there, but this popular and long-life thread gives the bottom line:
I have been running this challenge for 11 years! And it comes to an end not too long ago.
Anyway, I was suddenly asked by a red guy tonight that my contribution and involvement was not enough, and I was given a chance to repent. But guess what, my level of involvement had been similar in the past years, and even since from day one.
Part of the reason is that, I'm from GMT+8 and when mode ration was required, I was sleeping but then when I woke up, the problem had been resolved already. And I ain't a native English speaker, and I am from the other side of the globe, I found that sometimes I was not sensitive enough to realize a problem between the lines. Therefore, my moderation action seemed limited.
So many years ago, I believe that I was asked by Allister the founder to be a moderator of the CCD forum, but it is funny that I actually never owned any cooled CCD myself! I was asked to moderate the CCD forum just because I image the planets with a ToUCam Pro! By then, Cloudynights was still at its infancy, and quality active volunteers were in demand, and I believe that I was very active and I had never been moderated, and so I was invited? But now I'm considered worthless. My involvements were not reduced by much, at least I came back daily basically, but now I was told that I was not giving enough. I was even given a chance to repent. Of course, I would rather end the shame now.
Anyway, everything has an end. I just couldn't imagine that it could be like this! Maybe I should have quit as a moderator when the group challenge was closed a few years ago? It is now kind of too late?
I guess I will still be around in CN, but it will never be the same again. I didn't post this is CN, since I don't want to be moderated. The following was posted instead:
I don't know that red guy in person, and I can't even recognize his ID, maybe he's active these few years and that's enough for him to tell me that I am not active enough despite I had been working for CN for nearly two decades.
Anyway, what I have done, is at least a good experience to myself. While others might find it worthless now, and that's out of my control. Internet forums were declining in these few years, but CN is still a good place to gather information and to share.