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  1. Is there any way, other that an actual solar filter, to view the sun? I really want to see the transit tomorrow but do not have time to have a filter shipped. I have read online that someone tried using the lens from a welders mask to cover the opening on their telescope for viewing. Is this safe and will it actually work? If not, please give me some other suggestions. Also, I have an Orion Starblast 4.5 if it makes a difference.
  2. Well, my telescope came in today. I set it up and went out for a couple hours tonight. I was able to see the moon (of course) and some very good views of Jupiter. Good first night.
  3. Well, it has been a while since I posted. I just made my purchase this week so, I will be the proud owner of an Orion Starblast 4.5 within the next 2 weeks. I ended up getting it for $199.99 with free shipping to my house. I can not wait to start gazing soon.
  4. Ok let me back up. My parents bought the 102gt at costco as a christmas gift. They were planning to bring it when they come and visit sometime in Jan 2012. They bought it because it was the last one on the shelf and they didnt want to pass it up if I ended up wanting that one. They have now returned that one for the reasons I posted a few posts back. They have ordered the Orion SB from amazon and it should be shipping directly to me in the next week or so. Also, I did not get the table top set up, I chose the 4.5EQ which comes with a tripod instead of the table top mount. Sorry about all of the confusion.
  5. Is Starry Night a good program? It is included with the Orion.
  6. Well, I read a little more today and decided to go with the Orion Starblast. Im also planning to pick up the Orion accessory kit once I get a little more familiar with the telescope. My reasons for going this route was the amount of great reviews for the Orion vs the Celestron. Almost every review I found for the Starblast was high. I also like the idea of searching the sky myself. Taking away the GOTO feature will force me to learn more rather than having the scope do all the searching for me. Amazon.com: Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector - Telescope - f/4.0 - reflector: Camera & Photo Amazon.com: Orion 1.25" Telescope Accessory Kit: Electronics Thank you all for your help so far and I can't wait to get mine and start learning more from everyone here.
  7. cnoland

    New Guy

    Im trying to stay in the $200 range for the first telescope. Do you have any suggestions close to the same price? Give or take a little.
  8. Ok so I am VERY new to this and I need some help picking a good beginner telescope on a small budget. I have been looking at the Orion Starblast 4.5 with a tripod. From what I have read it is a pretty nice, simple to use telescope. My parents thought they would be nice and went out and bought a Celestron Nexstar 102GT kit from Costco as an early xmas gift. It has several accessories included. I don't know what all it has becuase they are 700 miles away so I can't exactly use it right now. Simple question. These are both the same price but two very different telescopes. Which one would be better for a beginner? Thank you all in advance.
  9. cnoland

    New Guy

    Thanks for the welcome everyone.
  10. cnoland

    New Guy

    Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and I am currently looking to buy my very first telescope. Little about me. Im 24 years old, married with 2 young children. I am an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force currently stationed at Charleston AFB Sc. I have always been interested in astronomy and am finally taking the leap to buy my first telescope. I am looking at the Orion Starblast 4.5. (Good or Bad?) From what ive read, it is a good beginner telescope. Guess thats it for now. Glad to be here and ready to learn more.
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