Pirates and AAs are both associated with telescopes and eyepatches.
Pirates used the stars and charts to navigate the dangers of the open seas.
AAs use the stars and charts to navigate the dangers of a mundane existance.
Pirates dressed funny, had a unique vocabulary, and odd customs.
Been to a star party lately?
Wherever pirates roamed they struck fear into the hearts of everyone they encountered.
OK, other than scaring an occasional game warden, deputy, or deer who happens to wander up on a bunch of folks having a great time freezing their telrads off in the dark, we’re not exactly feared.
Each group has a unique code of conduct associated with it. The pirates lived by such tenets as: take no prisoners, show no quarter, stab them in the back if the opportunity permits.
AAs have: “hey, you’re in my spot”, no white lights, and “woe to the person who accidentally taps their brakes while warming up in the car.”
Each has a unique diet: Pirates had salted pork, hard tack, fish, and rum.
AAs have Vienna Sausages, crackers, sardines, and chewy coffee.
Pirates pillaged, robbed, and burned down entire coastal towns just for the fun of it.
Have you read some of those equipment reviews and Astronomy blogs lately?
Pirates scoured the oceans looking for booty to be snatched up for the taking.
AAs have Astromart.
Pirates amassed huge caches of treasure and buried them at secret locations.
AAs have the same thing but its found in their basements, garages, and, in some cases, their living rooms.
Pirates banded together in like-minded groups, called crews, that were led by a blood thirsty and particularly ill-tempered individual, called a captain, who would order them about.
AAs call them club presidents.
Let us know if you come up with others!