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SoulFrenzy

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  1. ... after a few years of tears and anguish, even a new refractor... I have finally collimated my old dob. It supposedly isn't a hard process but something about it just confused me. So after years of seeing it lonely in a corner all sad I drug it out tonight and did what no one in their sane mind should probably do.... I took it a part mirrors and all. It worked too. After slowly and carefully putting it all back together again I followed the normal collimating procedure and for the first time in three years got a clear bead on Saturn. So for all of you crying over collimation stick with it my friends.... stick with it.
  2. My gear is a celestron omni xlt 120 on and cg-4 EQ mount. I just took my new scope of for a trial run. I managed to catch Jupiter through a hole in the clouds. The only problem I encountered was it was near its zenith and I had to lay on the ground practically to look through the eyepiece. I was wondering if it would be ok to loosen the scope rings and pull the scope up in the rings to pull the eye piece up some. I know that would throw my balance off but since I'm pointing almost straight up it wouldn't matter would it?
  3. My optimisim didn't pay off to well. The cloud cover has been thick and dark with rain moving in tonight. Friday night is forcasted to be clear but extremely cold with a low of 19F (-7C) and then the following days with lows at night into 10F (-12C). I dont care as long as the sky is clear I will be out there. I am itching to get this thing out under the stars for a good test.
  4. nice shot looks like you got a shadow of a moon too!
  5. It should be here on the 31st in time for the new year. So far the sky is holding steady but rain is in the forecast for the weekend maybe it will blow through and leave the skys crisp and sharp
  6. you can see Orions nebula with naked eye in even pretty heavy LP. If you look under his belt its going to look like a smudge in the sky or even to those with sharp eyes can make out some stars. In a small scope or binos it wont leave any doubt. Its looks faint green to me. Let your eyes get dark adapted my help too.
  7. Among my circle of people by in large I'm the only "space geek". To be fair though my best friend shows of interest and my wife always goes with me if I take the scope somewhere so I won't be alone but I carry the banner pretty much alone. I think space is something most people take for granted. To quote Doctor Who who quoted the lion king "From the day they arrive on the planet, and blinking step into the sun. There is more to see than can ever be seen." We are amazed as children as we glance skyward but as we get older we lose this excitement in the daily grind of life. I may be wrong but I think astronomers by in large are dreamers and people that have vivid and awesome imaginations. At least I find this to be true in my case. But in today's society with instant media and tv etc... room for imagination is shrinking.
  8. Well after days of turmoil and excruciatingly fun research I have placed an order of a Celestron Omni XLT 120 w/CG-4 mount. I am super excited, this will be my first experience with a refractor and an EQ mount. With that being said I am so so sorry for the six months of cloudy weather and rain. Since I live in the southern US maybe it wont effect too many of you!
  9. Please excuse the spelling errors its been a long day
  10. First off is my equipment... Cannon T3i and a Cannon 75mm-300mm lens I just want to be able to take clear crips images of the moon in its various phases, nothing to fancy really. Here are my first attempts. I can really achieve the "crispness" I would like too. This was taken at maximim zoom on manual focus (the moon in the view finder was very sharp), ISO 100, F8 to F11, and shutter speeds of around 1/25 to 1/30. I am also using a tripod and a timer on the camera to minimize vibrations etc... Is there anything else I can play around with to help achieve better clarity of the moon or with my current equipment is this kinda the best I can achieve. This picture was the best I have taken so far. Any advice would be great.
  11. Pleiades has always been my favorite night sky sight. Especially if I wear my glasses I can make it out as plain as any other star. Great sight!
  12. "The Universe" can be very good. Sometimes you will come across an episode here and there thats more science fiction that fact though. The earlier seasons tend to be better I think. I repeatedly watch some of them over and over.
  13. nah I think naming something creates a kind of bond with it. Besides all vehicles of exploration have a name and what is a telescope if nothing but your personal vehicle of exploration.
  14. Thanks guys! I get easily disgusted with it because after Im done collimating I would sweart its almost perfect... take it out and I can tell its just not right. But I will pick a Saturday here soon where I have plenty of time and set the scope up on a table so I dont have to bend over and get on my knees, and really give it a go.
  15. I have an Orion XT8 and when its properly collimated it can offer some good views, but thats the problem it rarely seems to be properly collimated. Try as might I can never seem to get it perfectly aligned. The stars seem a little fuzzy, or pixelated for a different term. I like to view a mix of deep sky and planetary objects. I was thinking of switching it up and branching out to a good refractor telescope. I was just wanting some suggestions as to what to do. Maybe just keep trying to nail down the collimation problems. All in all I want something I can browse the skys with.
  16. Ok I haven't taken my scope out in a few months because its way out of collimation and I have been too busy to mess with it. Now the star gazing bug has bitten me bad and Im ready to get out under the stars again. The past weekend I got all my equipment out and unboxed my new laser collimater and sure enough the red dot was about an inch (2.54 cm) to the left of the center mark on the mirror. So I realligned the secondary to make the laser line up on the center mark of the primary mirror and then adjusted the primary to hit the bulleyes of the collimator. To my knowledge when that happens my scope should be in perfect alignment. So to test this theory I popped in my collimation cap and to my horror nothing looked lined up right. The secondary mirror looked "ok" but I could not see all of my primary mirror, I only saw two of the three mirror clips. So I collimated everything according to the cap. Collimating looked well, everyhing was in concentric circles and appeared to be great. I pop the laser back in and like some grim nightmare it was back to about an inch off. I dont understand why. Everyone talks about how collimationg takes seconds but I have fought, cried, cussed, and wept like a child for the past two days and can't resolve the issue. Me personally I believe the laser is Rubbish and I should probably throw it out of the house. I keep going back to it because in the back of my mind I know its a "laser" it "should" present a straight line and that if that line hits the center mark of everything.... then it should be collimated. After I collimated the scope using the laser (everthing through the cap still looked wrong) I took my scope out for a star test, and I couldn't achieve a clear and crisp focus using my stock 25mm EP. I reeled the focuser all the way out and the star become lopsided and when I reeled the focuser all the way in the star did become a fairly concentric circle. My gear - Orion XT8 (203 mm by 1200 mm focal length f/5.9) Orion LaserMate Collimater Stock collimation cap Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Personally I think the laser is a paper weight and I should trust my eyes and the cap but I would like some other opinions.
  17. The 8" dob has been mentioned already but I got to say that it is an excellent choice for a first scope. I have the Orion 8 inch dob and for the price it cant be beat. It gives awesome views of deep sky as well as lunar and planetary objects. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as some of the other scopes do and sometimes I wished it did, but still its a fantastic scope. Collimation of a dob can be a bit tricky and unsettling at first but with time and practice (and a laser collimator) thats not hard at all.
  18. I've put a lot of though into this. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds Sky dark enough to see the Great Rift and the Gegenschein. A telescope to see features on Mars A SN and maybe a lunar impact while observing the moon.
  19. What rotten weather for Christmas. I live in the southern US and we are expecting a severe weather and tornado outbreak. "If" I have any astro presents under the tree the weather sure isn't gonna cooperate for me. Touch back later, I hate severe weather, stuff scares me pretty good.
  20. I just realized I posted this under this sub forum. I meant to post under the "The Astro Lounge". I'm sorry I wasn't paying attention.
  21. I have a stand where I house most of my astro stuff and a small orrery would look fantastic on top of it. But the problem is I cant seem to find a decent one. Ive seen some on Amazon but most are plastic or paint it yourself deals and thats not something I enjoy. I stumbled across a brass one that was really pricey and not legitimate. So anyone have any ideas?
  22. awesome job!!!! Ive never seen one quite like that. Its really splendid!!1
  23. I don't have a good reason really. I just was reading in and astro book and I came across that chapter and it interested me. Lately I have been reading and learning about how the earth rotates on its axis and the celestial sphere How precession works etc... Its not a big deal really, Its just something I kinda started reading on and then I kinda became obsessed with.
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