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Everything posted by PlanetGazer

  1. I'm pretty sure you can see a larger Jupiter with a 5 or 6 mm EP.
  2. my bad I just realized the date of the topic, I answered to the problem in the first post.
  3. Can't align my red dot finder to my telescope till this day , i've done it once and couldn't do it again after someone played with it
  4. You maybe mixing the two systems you find in mounts, the Alt-Azimuth and the equatorial. The equatorial is designed so that you can track an object easily based on your location/latitude. Maybe these pictures of the two grids will help differentiate between them. This is the normal vertical horizontal axis system from the normal perspective This is the system you have in your eq mount.
  5. Never forget to take the cap of the telescope before observing
  6. get high mag eyepieces that'll exceed the telescopes capacity.
  7. How about this telescope ? It was a good starter for me and my little sisters. I bought a separate tripod as the one provided is very flimsy. Overall it's not one of the best telescopes, and you get what you pay for, but for a 6 yo , it will diffidently do it. I still use it as a secondary scope when camping, just to keep others busy from my 130 SW it provides good vision for the moon!
  8. What's the fuss about? I tried to figure it out from the posts in first page, but no..I'm still a beginner
  9. I can't see an image in this post, but I guess it's a nerd judging by the replies. I'm no nerd, and wouldn't mind if I was one anyway. Just got into this hobby, and I have to say this hobby is like no other hobbies, you can't compare fishing or gulf to this one. Every person show a little interest in it at least, unlike other hobbies. I showed some of my friends and relatives the moon and Jupiter in the scope and they went wow, yes they may get bored after few minutes and lack the will and patience to setup the mount and scope to track an object, but they will definitely like the results, I can't see them get excited in other hobbies they never tried. Astronomy is not just a hobby, it is part of our lives. We see the stars every day, or at least used to , we use them as guidance and gaze at them as they decorate the night sky.
  10. But why?!? too many telescopes! I've only got 2 humble telescopes (chick the signature below), I hope I will never join the dark side and have similar lists as posted here, my guess is I will have a max of 5 scopes in the future.
  11. Great topic. I've been hooked to Astronomy since I was a young boy, I used to watch kids' documentaries about the solar system, and how big the universe is and other planets and how relatively small we are! Such programs got me interested the most in this hobby. I also used to enjoy laying on the ground in a quiet night and wonder and let my eyes sink in the heavens.
  12. I've just started reading this one, and I'm hooked already!
  13. May I also recommend you check this post http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/43171-eyepieces-the-very-least-you-need/
  14. You don't need to worry, your collimation is almost right judging by the pics you posted, plus you know now how to adjust the secondary . I'm sure that the experienced members will guide you well, all I can do is recommend reading this if you haven't already, one of the best articles in collimation. http://www.astro-baby.com/collimation/astro%20babys%20collimation%20guide.htm Good luck buddy
  15. I definitely take the telescope of the tripod, just afraid someone will gives it a little push plus I don't want any permanent deformation/creep developing on the mount.
  16. I collimated my telescope for the first time last week, used a normal Cheshire with no lasers. Yes it was a bit of a hassle going from one side of the telescope to the other to check your progress, but got it right at the end. I have to say I watched/read around 30 mins of videos and articles about collimation. Didn't touch the secondary mirror as I've been told you rarely need to adjust it, I think that saved a lot of time.
  17. Around 8 but I have a favorite camping spot that can reach 2
  18. Glad to hear that! Didn't realize they were that common, thanks to the light polluted areas I've lived in. Looking forwards to see more next time, I've had around 7 hours of clear skies that night
  19. It was nice reading this pleasurable experience
  20. Hello there, I went to a remote site yesterday with a couple of my friends to observe Jupiter. We are beginners in the world of astronmy and know almost nothing about the objects in the sky. Me and and one of my friends were looking up the sky at around 2 am local time 25.Jan (11pm GMT 24.Jan) only to observe a quick object traveling above the head position for around 2 seconds and then it disappeared quickly. It was a cloudless night so I don't know why the object disappeared in the over the head position! I've read the other day that man-made satellite can disappear, after observation, when they become in the shadow of the earth, but it was a bit to quick for a satellite. I quickly changed my mind and thought it could be a meteor, since it was quick. The object was bright blue and had a small tale. I had the understanding that metros are reddish since I've only seen them once and red when I was young, if my memory serves well. I'm just not sure what I seen, but it was an amazing moment to observe! Regards
  21. lol, I've been in the UK for 9 years, just moved out, kind of got used to living there but "us" in my previous post is for everyone in this forum and all around the world. If this succeeds in a country it'll propagate further.
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