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  1. Nope, this is definitely what I wanted to hear. I don't want to buy another telescope just to be disappointed with it again. Is what you mentioned the same as this scope: Focus Scientific I couldn't find any "Explorer 130P", so I'm assuming maybe the name differs in Canada from the UK? The one that I just listed looks like it has the same specs as the Explorer 130P. Actually, looking at the specs on this one, I think I would definitely prefer that one. Just got to start saving up a bit more. Thanks for the help!
  2. Looking for a new telescope, and I came across this one: Focus Scientific What are your opinions on this scope? I personally think it would be an upgrade from my current scope (60mm National Geographic refractor), but I just wanted to get opinions from people here before I jump into buying it. Thanks!
  3. I can't say that my experience with this telescope has been the best either. It's great for viewing the moon, but that's about it. It came with three eyepieces-25mm, 12.5mm, and 7mm (?). The only useable one is 25mm one, and for looking at planets like Saturn, you can just see the buldge where the rings are. The other two eyepieces suck because I can't focus with them. The barlow lens that came with the kit sucks because you can't achieve focus at all. I think it's time to upgrade. It's too bad that I always take interest in these expensive hobbies. I'm sure my parents will just be thrilled when they hear that I want to upgrade.
  4. My current scope is a National Geographic brand scope. Not exactly sure how good they are compared to other dept scopes or non-dept scopes though.
  5. Hello. Just a quick question here, and probably likely a very noobish sounding question. My current scope is a 60mm, but it's a department store scope. If I were to get one of the same aperature from a non-department store manufacturer (like Orion, are they any good?), would there be any difference at all? I know, silly question, and I'm almost certain I know the answer, but I just want to make sure. Thanks.
  6. I think the fact that I don't think I was fully adjusted to the dark took away from the colour too. It was freezing cold outside (-25C), so I wanted to get it done as fast as possible. Perhaps another day when it's not as cold, I'll go out and look again. I'm still happy though.
  7. Well the astronomical seeing was terrible tonight. I first looked at Jupiter and it bounced around like a bubble in boiling water. I still wanted to try to look for M42 tonight, as that was the main thing I had gone out for. So, I pointed the scope to the approximate area, moved it around a little bit, and lo and behold, there it was! It wasn't anything spectacular, but it was definitely M42. It looked like a small grey cluster with a few little bright spots in it. I changed from the 25mm eyepiece to the 12.5mm eyepiece to see how it was. Basically the same thing, albeit a little larger. I'm so happy that I can finally tick off my first Messier object (and a Herschel 400 object, 1980). If it wasn't -25C right now, I would probably still be out there looking for some more Messier objects. But that will be for another day. Wheee!
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I am having a good experience with this forum so far. Since saving a checklist for the Messier Objects, Lunar 100 list, etc. to my computer from here, I am already planning my first startgazing period of 2011 for tonight! I'm excited.
  9. I've decided to do the Lunar 100 this year too, so I just finished googling it. The Lunar 100 is a list of 100 objects of interest on the moon. Here is the list: Lunar 100 It's sorted from easiest to hardest. I can't wait to start it. Good luck if you decide to do it.
  10. Thanks. It's supposed to be mostly clear tonight, but the temperature is supposed to be -17C, not including the wind chill. I might go have a quick look tonight. I'm excited. My telescope is nothing special really. It's a 2.5" National Geographic refractor. I got it a few years ago when I was getting into astronomy using a telescope. It gets the job done, but I am saving up for a better one.
  11. Browsing through this forum, I've already found a project for myself to do that will take a while to complete. The project is to find Messier objects. I know, not that amazing since everyone does it, but to be hoenst, I've never found a Messier object before! So my first target, seeing that it is still winter, is to try to find M42. I'm guessing it won't be too hard of a find since I know exactly where to look. I know it sounds silly, but I'm pretty excited to start this project. I love completing things, so completing the Messier catalog would be a great accomplishment (though I'm sure it will take a long time). Wish me luck.
  12. Hello! Just joined here a few minutes ago. My name is Brandon, and I'm from Sarnia, a small city in southern Canada. I've been into astronomy since age 4, when my cousin told me how to find out if a star was actually a star or a planet. 11 years later, I'm still hooked, and looking to possibly get a career in the field one day. Living in a city with LOTS of light pollution, I don't get much astronomy related stuff going on in the winter. But in the summer, I go camping most every weekend, and the skies are nice and dark! I have a cheap 2.5" National Geographic refractor. Not the best, but it works. I'm saving up for a newer one though. Looks like a good forum so far. Can't wait to get involved!
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