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About BoilerNebula

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  1. From my house East and South are pretty good but I could not find or really see any stars North and West of me. Sunday if the weather permits I am going to go a few miles West of my house to the outer edge of Purdue and the light pollution should be less.
  2. To forget the phones for a sec I think that if you have the reason to purchase an Ipad I would do so. I wouldn't buy it strictly for astronomy but if you can find 2-3 other reasons to buy it I would. Plus there are a good number of astronomy software for it and some really nice ones are free. Just my thoughts.
  3. I am going to go to a slightly darker area especially darker to the North. It will still be in town but farther out. I had trouble finding Polaris when I was out because of the light pollution in that direction.
  4. How do you like your Orion XT8? This was the scope I am thinking of getting for my first here in a few months?
  5. I am just hoping to find a good pair slightly on the higher end so I can keep them for a good long time and pass them on to my kids.
  6. Well I am not sure what kind of other apps there are out there for non-iphone or ipad but I have GoSkyWatchP for my Ipad and it is very nice. It has a motion sensor feature so when I move it to the sky it displays what is in the sky in that direction.
  7. So we finally had clear skies where I am at. This is my finals week so I was not able to go out to some darker places but I just wanted to see what I could see in my neighborhood. I live in a small city 80,000 or so people so our light pollution is not horrible but still not the best conditions. I was taking a look at Orion and Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Rigel, Saiph, Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka, I Ori, and C Ori were all clearly visible with the naked eye. Jupiter was bright as can be and Aldebaran was very clear with a nice orange/red tint to it. Unfortunately I could not find Ursa Minor due to it being over the center of the city were the light is much more intense. I am hoping to observe some more tomorrow but in a much darker area so I can take in some more of the constellations and learn. All in all I am happy with my first naked eye observations within my city!
  8. Just downloaded it and it seems very nice. Thanks!
  9. Tell me about it. I do not have a scope yet but I have just started in and just wanted to do some naked eye observing and low and behold it has been cloudy and rainy for the past week and half.
  10. Thank you. I am not doing any imaging yet and it will be a fair amount of time until I do but this give me some great food for thought and know what my options are.
  11. Thank you. I looked through cloudynights classifieds and found some but it gave me good information on some cheaper but quality binos. I found Gemini 10x50 LW that have the BAK-4 prisms and is under $80!
  12. Thank you. These charts seem very detailed so I think I will be well off!
  13. Thanks! I can say that everyone on here has already been a huge help.
  14. Ok thank you. Have you come across any other webcams that can be converted that are high quality?
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