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About JoeRockEHF

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  1. I used to use Star Walk but have since switched to Luminos. Love it! May have to check out SkySafari though, I see a lot of people like it.
  2. Partly cloudy here in southwest Michigan but it did clear enough to get some good viewing in for a few. Projected it through the binoculars onto some paper. Took some time but was well worth it!
  3. I just bought some 10x50's this past weekend, just went out tonight for the first time that wasn't cloudy. Perfectly clear, although I am in the city. I had my iPad on me with Luminos running and was simply stunned by everything more you can see with the binoculars. Found myself bouncing between Cygnus and Ursa Major, beautiful! Also viewed Saturn, Mars and some of the brighter stars in the sky. Only had about an hour when yes, the mosquitoes came for me as well. Going to go out tomorrow if it's clear with a plan in mind and see what I can find.
  4. I'm pretty sure Stellarium lets you know when it's visible. I've had a few satellites say they were eclipsed before.
  5. I will definitely be moving it, not too far but far enough. Too many trees in the backyard here but next door is a pretty wide open field. Thanks for the link on the clubs. All the ones in Michigan were a distance but I found one right across the border in Indiana that's perfect. I'll have to check them out!
  6. I could probably swing the money to get the 10" Sky-Watcher, it's right on the edge of what I could spend right now. Just noticed Zhumell's was cheaper but I had never heard of them before.
  7. I used Stellarium to give a rough estimate on where the ISS was before and it was right on the money. If you have iOS, Luminos is a great planetarium app that has support for A LOT more satellites, comes in pretty handy.
  8. Alright, think I'm gonna go with the Dobsonian. After reading some more posts and checking around on the internet, I'm really getting excited. I'll miss the computer tracking but, like a few of you have said, sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be. Looks like manual tracking won't be too bad anyways. New question. After looking around last night I noticed for just a bit more I could get the Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian. I know 10" is better than 8" but I'm not too familiar with Zhumell. Would it be worth it to spend just a lil' more and get their 10" or stick with Sky-Watcher's 8"? Thanks!
  9. So, I've had my mind set on the Celestron NexStar 130SLT for sometime now and am planning on buying one within the next month. However, after gleaning over some posts here at SGL and checking out some videos and reviews, I'm starting to lean towards the Celestron Sky-Watcher 8in. Dobsonian. Both are within my dollar range so money isn't an issue. Just wondering if anyone can give some advice or personal stories they've experienced with either one or both. I know I really like the computerized aspect of the NexStar, is the Sky-Watcher much harder to find or track things with being manual? Thanks for any help!
  10. Thank you everyone for the warm greetings! I decided to pass on the Powerseeker and get the NexStar next month. In the meantime I bought a pair of Bushnell Falcon 10x50 binoculars from Target today. That'll get me by 'til I get the scope. Too bad the clouds were out in full force today. Thanks again everyone!
  11. Hey everyone! I'm Joe, used to get into astronomy when I was younger. Had a generic telescope back in the day and have always been fascinated with what's above us. Finally have made my way back into astronomy and can't wait to get started. Do have a question though if you fine people could advise me on. I was planning on picking up the Celestron NexStar 130SLT in about a month. I've studied up on it and looks like a great beginner's scope. Really love the computerized tracking aspect of it too. An opportunity has approached though and now I can buy a Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ for $80 this weekend. Should I jump on it or just be patient and save up and grab the NexStar next month? Thank you and great forums!
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