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  1. Goolosh, As you might imagine, I also have quite a few things I also could add to this nearly a year later (smile). I also agree with your excellent suggestions, with a few minor caveats... Re: alignment methods, I've tried them all since last November and, like many things I've learned since then, feel there may be no "right answer". For example, though I've since had the best luck with "Two Star Alignment" (not "Auto Two Star", but simply "Two Star", using known stars), I often use "Solar System Alignment". Not only is it pretty much the only alignment you can use for our nearest star, but it also works well for star parties/astronomy outreach events I now assist my local club with, allowing me to align on (and start tracking) the moon for attendees even before the sun's all the way set Re: dew, I've actually used the method you suggested (i.e. "point the scope down and wait for it to evaporate") and agree that it works great. I'd also recommend a dew shield though, as they're relatively inexpensive, help limit light pollution, and kept dew off my corrector plate every time except once so far (and, in the dew shield's defense, that time I was at a dark sky site where I'd had my 'scope in use constantly for +6 hrs in +90% humidity w/zero wind) Re: DC power, while you're probably right about your car's battery doing the trick, I like my [relatively]inexpensive 7A Celestron Power Tank. It powers my SE8 all night with ease, is [relatively]light (I keep it in an old gym bag w/my EP case and other accy's and just need to remember to recharge it after every use and at least once a month (else they can go bad)) and, during star parties/public outreach events, I'm sometimes set up in the middle of a park, up to a block or more away from my car. Also, as the dark site I frequent is literally in the middle of nowhere, I'm not sure I'd want to worry about drawing my car battery down too much (though I also realize that's a risk that's probably mitigated by starting and running your engine for awhile, every so often) Thanks again for sharing the additional suggestions! I can't wait to try the 'turbo boost' you discovered to speed up slewing! ;-) Clear (and dark) skies!
  2. I just received the Celestron NexStar 94004 Rolling Carrying Case I'd ordered for my NexStar 8SE. As the case has only been on the market since February, I went ahead and wrote up a review of it. If you're interested, you can read my review on BestBuy.com (where I bought the case from). Enjoy!
  3. Vince, At least two fellow members of my group, the Naperville Astronomical Association, will be in attendence at this year's annual Nebraska Star Party, one of whom has been multiple years. From what I hear, the skies are breathtaking! Clear (and dark) skies!!
  4. Vince, Welcome from another Midwesterner! And definitely no need to apologize, as I really enjoyed your 'ramble'. It's nice to 'hear' someone else's passion for the hobby, and you expressed yours quite well! Quick question... Have you investigated/visited your local astronomy users group/association? I ask because parts of Nebraska have some of the darkest skies in North America (and yes, being near Chicago, I know said dark sky locales are probably a few miles further out from downtown Omaha (pained smile)), and astronomy groups often have private "dark sky sites" available for member use. Also, the fellow members you meet will have a wealth of advice you'll be able to harvest on a one-on-one basis. Once again, welcome, and clear (and dark) skies!
  5. Very cool! Loved your sound effects, and especially loved the extra detail the solar 'scope provides!
  6. Hi, everyone! If anyone's interested, I did my best to capture an image of today's sunspot activity (which is probably good practice for the upcoming transit of Venus). Enjoy! ~ Tim Nunes
  7. Very cool! Who knew there were birds on the moon? ;-)
  8. Wow. Talk about some fantastic father-son memories. :-)
  9. Steve, WOW! And yes, that's just about what I saw. Though that's incredible detail of the sun. Was that taken through an H-Alpha scope? Just curious.
  10. Not bad?? That's INCREDIBLE! Certainly makes my airliner pale by comparison. But, again, maybe it get's back to my original point about actually experiencing something first hand, possibly for the first time, and getting caught up by the coolness of it. ;-)
  11. Very cool, Jim! And, you know, I was playing around with my camera at the time too, and thought the same thing! ;-)
  12. Hi, everyone! I observed something through my telescope today that I've personally never seen before, which got me wondering... Is that a universal attraction? I know that most (if not all) Stargazers Lounge members have a better understanding of astronomy than me, that some of you teach (or have taught) the subject, and that some have even done scientific research. I also appreciate that people's passion's vary, and that astronomy covers far, far more than simply looking at shiny bits through a 'scope (i.e. what I like to do (smile)). That said though, is seeing something for the first time, in real time with your own eyes something that connects us all? I ask because today, while observing the sun through my telescope, I saw an airliner fly across the face of the sun's disc at maybe a 20 - 30 degree angle, its contrail still visible against the face of the sun after it had passed. It's assuredly a pretty common occurrence, especially in locations near major airports (I personally live on the flight paths of two major airports, Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway). Still, I'd never seen anything like that before, and it literally took my breath away. Just curious if others have had similar experiences, and if such experiences contribute to your desire to keep looking up into the sky?
  13. To echo the comments of others, it's best used for planetary (versus deep sky) astrophotograpy. I have one myself though, and think it's a great scope for visual observations and the occasional planetary pic (and am also in the heavily light-polluted 'burbs of Chicago). Also, my best planetary pic results have been achieved by capturing video (via a Canon digital, versus DLSR camera) and stacking the frames via Registax. Here's are my best attempts (so far) of Mars and Saturn. Good luck, and clear (and dark) skies!
  14. It sorta does, doesn't it? Now I'm wondering where I can post it to prank someone. ;-)
  15. D., Uh-OH! Did I make any promises I don't remember making?!? (smile) Seriously, in my case, it really has been a journey, and the learning's spanned such a wide range, from remembering to put ON the specs when looking through the camera that you took OFF to look through the 'scope, to researching/experimenting with Registax wavelet settings until you get a positive result (not to mention learning all sorts of esoterica re:your camera, reducers, light-pollution/practical magnification limits, etc). And, just when I think I've learned it all, something new comes along (pained smile). Anyway, enjoy the 'journey'! ;-)
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