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About 1crash70

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  1. I'm new to the hobby as well, (10" Dob in December), and also spent months deciding on a scope...I gotta say, I feel the withdrawal symptoms after just a few nights of clouds! I even spoke to Jupiter the other evening, from beneath the cloudy sky, lamenting that it looked as if we weren't going to get to "hang out" (again!) that evening. Orion's nebula is the same. Like friends, I am coming to miss thes familiar nighttime objects. I think I'm hooked! Luckily, my wife and teenage kids all enjoy seeing the sights...once I locate everything, that is!
  2. Cool! I will check out the Iridium flare visibility database you mentioned. Never heard of it. Thanks for the feedback.
  3. Aside from the frigid temperature, last night was amazing. I'm still quite new so most of my clear evenings are spent gawking at Jupiter & the Great Orion Nebula. The temp was low-mid 20's (F), with some wind...but the skies were so clear before the moonrise I ended up going in-n-out for nearly 4 hours...till numbness in my fingers finally convinced me to pack it in, barely an hour before Saturn cleared the tree line. Bummer! Saturn was The goal; I just couldn't stay inside to wait on it. I had a few new toys to play with and hadn't seen such a dark sky since getting my scope, (10" Dob). *NEW TOYS included: Explore Scientific 18mm EP Baader UHC filter And a Hyperion Mark III zoom EP -Jupiter and its moons were (as usual) awe-inspiring. -I could see what I'm pretty sure was Cr69 open cluster (in Orion) with the naked eye, so that was the next target. -Mars rose a few hours after dusk; though trees limited my visibility I managed to view it for a few minutes with the 18* ES. -pretty sure I found the Beehive Cluster and NGC 1647 afterwards, (though I was distracted from my SkySafari confirmation by the strangest thing... -questionable bright (starlike) flash at roughly 10:35-10:40 pm. I don't know enough to give a precise location...but it was beneath and west of orion's belt, perhaps in/around the constellation Eridanus. I saw (naked eye) what looked like a star (at least as bright as Rigel) flash for maybe half a second and vanish. My first thought was that there was a tree branch partially obstructing the view of a star...which is quite normal out here in the woods, and I was not looking directly at the spot when I saw it, but at Orion...so I tried moving around to see it again. Strangely, there were no treetops blocking the view at all...there simply was not a star in that area nearly as bright as what I'd seen. There was no burst or tail nor any sign of a satellite (I thought, "perhaps I just saw an extremely bright but momentary reflection"), etc, And I'll just chalk it up to beginner's error and getting lost in the sky...but I wanted to mention it just in case anyone else spotted something similar. Q: And, look, I know this is probably a stupid question, but one of the far-fetched thoughts I had was maybe I had caught a star going nova. Silly, I know...and damn unlikely, but since then I've been wondering "well, what WOULD it actually look like to see such a thing, with the naked eye, at different distances from us. If far enough away, is it possible that the initial explosion could appear as not much diff than a regular star in the sky, and for how long...? Moments or weeks, etc?
  4. Hello. I appreciate the feedback on this EP. I'd been contemplating a new EP for my still new skywatcher 10" Dob; I think I've found it! I'm pretty sure they have a 2", if I remember correctly. Traveling next week but I'll post a newb report once I get a chance to use it!
  5. Very nice sketch. am trying to keep a journal of nightly observations, including some very tiny sketches of moon locations, etc.
  6. These are great. Thanks for posting them.
  7. Welcome, fellow Georgian!
  8. Yes. The instructions were for several scopes, not all parts seemed to even be for Dobs! The finder scope info was for a completely different unit, and either an O-ring for the finder scope was not included, not needed or already in place... Still, it was a very simple set-up taking no more than 20-30 minutes. And at $599 from Adorama ($100 cheaper than Celestron price online), I am very pleased with the power for price ratio! (so far I've only been able to use it once, of course...but it is quite an improvement from the 70mm!) If the GoTo system were available in the US, there's no doubt I would have saved a bit longer to drop the extra $800-1000 on that. Even considered asking a friend in Canada to purchase and ship to me...but decided that without a warranty the scope alone was a good enough upgrade and I'd save the GoTo expense until ready to move into astrophotography, next year perhaps:)
  9. Thanks, all. Matto113... I'll keep ya posted. Looks like we have several nights of rain coming up, unfortunately, but I'm anxious to get exploring with the Dob asap!
  10. Aha! Thank you all for the responses. As I suspected...I'm just an idiot newbie; the info packet and instructions failed to illustrate or mention that the 2" EP adapter replaces the piece actually designed for 2" eyepieces...and I didn't realize that it was removable. Ha! Just peeped out Jupiter for the first time in the new scope. AMAZING! In think I've got another hour or two before the clouds move in. Heh heh. Thanks for the help.
  11. http://stargazerslounge.com/beginners-help-advice/169788-newb-focus-collimation-prob-10-dob.html#post2093838
  12. Hiya. I hate to ask a question probably covered already in the forum elsewhere, but I've been searching around for a few days now and can't find anything precisely lining up with my situation. Background: I'm totally new to this. For Xmas I purchased a small starter scope for the family, (Celestron 70mm), and we've all had a blast with it. I'd been researching other scopes for a month but definitely wanted to gauge everyone's interest before spending too much. A few nights of viewing and we decided to upgrade and settled on a 10" Sky-Watcher collapsable Dobsonian.* Quick and easy to assemble, we took it out just before dusk for testing but we were completely unable to focus on any object farther away than about 100-120 yards. Darkness was soon upon us so it came back in for the night and I started reading, learning something about collimating (and I also ordered a tool; it should be here in a few days. So no collimation attempted yet and that's probably the answer to this long-winded explanation, so forgive me).* Still, it seemed odd that I could focus on closer objects so the next night I tried again, this time using the newly arrived 2x Barlow with sights on Jupiter. What I see when looking through the eyepiece (with OR without the Barlow, by the way) is a large unfocused light blob, and also some sort of reflection/shadow of the spider and secondary mirror. It seems as though the eyepiece, (which is a 25mm 1.25" in a 2" adapter, as provided with the scope), needs to be able to recess another 1/2" or more into the adapter and it'd come into focus.* During the day today I removed the adapter and just held the eyepiece there, (slightly deeper than the adapter would allow) cupping my hands around it...and it seems to focus brilliantly. So does this sound like a normal collimating problem, (which I'll work on learning next week, regardless), or is there an adapter/eyepiece issue needing resolved (and parts ordered for) as well?* (ps- Today I ordered a 2" EP also, to know if that will work w/o an adapter.) These lost nights of viewing, with beautiful, clear skies are killing us! Haha.* Thanks for taking the time for dumb questions. Any help much appreciated!
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