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Everything posted by PlanetGazer

  1. Looks nice, but 129 Euros is a bit overpriced I think!
  2. I don't think I mind the FOV yet, but I do care about eye relief, not sure what EP will fit this category. Thinking of the 5mm Celestron X-Cel LX, any other ideas?
  3. I'm having the same problem, I bough the 130M Skywatcher and a red dot finder came with the telescope, I'm assuming it's the SW RDF. I can't align it with the telescope at all! The target is to the left of RDF and the RDF is on the maximum left , it can't reach it.
  4. PlanetGazer

    Hello There!

    Well it's about time I say hi to all. I've been here for a while but never posted in the welcome section. Here goes,,, Hiiiiii I really like the forum and how friendly, helpful and down to earth the members are. I'm enjoying my time here and gaining knowledge from experienced members. I would like to be part of this community. I find astronomy very interesting but I'm only a beginner. So go easy on me when you see me puzzled. AB
  5. I can see that for some it's not a hobby anymore, it's their life as well! I envy you
  6. Thanks for the replies all. I'm just not familiar with design names for the EPs and their specs. Would like to know the order from top to bottom, based on performance and FOV, like where does the plossil come in place? I do get your point, why not have the shortcut and save the money. But you'll never be confident enough to make that jump, you'll have to take it step by step , that's our nature X(
  7. May I ask why ethos? Im in the same postion, and would like to know mote about EPs
  8. Seems like a nice app, just wondering why would the app ask for "Phone Calls permission: Read device state and identity" when trying to install?
  9. Can you show us an image of the dirty primary mirror, because I've noticed a bit of dust on mine and not sure when do I need to start cleaning and how to as well. I just want to ignore cleaning it until I'm sure I can do it right. I'll get a picture of the primary later on.
  10. They are inside the eye not the surface. In the vitreous humour to be precise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floater
  11. If I were you, I would stretch the budget a bit to get the 8" 200mm Dob rather than the 150 mm. I'm a beginner like your self, I chose the 130M (http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130m.html) and I quickly have grown out of it, it's a nice scope for a beginner but if you think you will take this as a regular hobby you quickly realize that you want a bigger aperture and the 200 dob is a fine choice. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html know that dobs are not the best for astrophotography, while Equatorial telescopes are the best for ease of tracking and thus astrophotography.
  12. Great post esxste! Just to add a video explanation for the same mentioned in the instructive post, plus a video that will explain how to use the EQ mount after you set it up.
  13. I'm pretty sure you can see a larger Jupiter with a 5 or 6 mm EP.
  14. my bad I just realized the date of the topic, I answered to the problem in the first post.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Never forget to take the cap of the telescope before observing
  18. get high mag eyepieces that'll exceed the telescopes capacity.
  19. 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!
  20. What's the fuss about? I tried to figure it out from the posts in first page, but no..I'm still a beginner
  21. 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.
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