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  1. im not a professional, at all. far from it. But let me tell you this, no matter how far i will get or how good i will become, or how many objects i may find; the feeling of watching the night sky, knowing you are part of something greater than anyone could ever imagine, the great cosmos, is a feeling that never gets old. Just thinking about this cosmic scale of things, is so awe inspiring i wouldnt even need a telescope to enjoy its wonders. The thought behind all this is what drives me. Humans, life and our place in the universe seem so small and insignificant in the scale of things, i feel special and unique. We are all unique. It is really hard to describe in words, its just a feeling i cant seem to verbalize. I think everyone has this feeling buried somewhere.. people just need to look beyond their iphones, status updates, and gossip. I am so sad that i am unable to describe this feeling that drives me, i wish i had some sort of telekinetic power where i could transfer all my thoughts and emotions..
  2. I just thought there might be a difference since astronomers are able to capture images extremely far away with the hubble telescope by doing long time exposures on black patches of the sky and then receive the most beautiful images. Thought it worked the same in real time as well.
  3. Is there a difference between between the image of a handheld binocular and a binocular mounted on a tripod? Apart from the steadiness of the image of course. Does a steady binocular gather more light than an unstable? If I say, look at the location of a dso with a tripod, will I then be able to see objects, which I otherwise would not be able to see if I did not use a tripod? And if, does this apply to telescopes as well?
  4. Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it. I do not know anything about tripods, can any of you suggest a good one? I am on a tight budget so it should not be too expensive. By the way, I just came back from a great observing session. I grabbed my bike, drove a bit away from the city and sneaked into a random field where it was totally dark. I could barely see the milky way across the sky with my eyes. Scanning it from left to right with my binoculars was incredible. All I need now is the tripod!
  5. Early this week I received my Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 binoculars in the mail. Never having looked at the stars with anything but the unaided eye, I was very excited to try these binoculars out. I was not disappointed, the stars were beautiful and the moon was gorgeous. However, some of the more difficult things to find in the sky, such as the andromeda galaxy or star clusters, just do not seem to show themselves. I have been focusing on the constellation Cassiopeia lately, trying to locate M52, NGC 457, M103 and NGC 663. I plan everything before I go out, draw the constellation on a piece of paper, marking off the places where these objects, according to Stellarium and Google Earth, should be. But it usually ends up with me going home disappointed. I have been thinking about some possible sources of error, such as the fact that that I live in a somewhat light polluted rural area. (toftlund - Google Maps) I also do not have a tripod for my binoculars yet, which makes it very difficult for me to maintain a steady image. Can anyone here give me some pointers as to what I might be doing wrong? Could the above annoyances be the source of my failure or is there something completely else that I am missing?
  6. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I really appreciate it. I have been looking for one online. But I have not had any luck with it yet. I live in a really desolate place in Denmark, in a small town in the southern part of the Danish countryside. My options are somewhat limited.
  7. My name is Oliver and I am 19 years old. I have been fascinated by the universe for as long as I can remember. Recently however, my interest in astronomy has sky rocketed for no apparent reason. I have been gazing up at the stars pretty much whenever I could for the past couple of months, learning the constellations and the objects in the sky by heart. After much research on the internet, I bought a Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 and I literally cannot wait for it to arrive. I have never been so excited about a thing I bought in my entire life! I have seriously been obsessed with the universe lately, it is all I think about. The frustrating part is that I do not really have any friends with whom I can share this feeling. So I thought I would join a forum on the internet to be able to discuss things like this with people who are just like me. I hope I came to the right place!
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