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Everything posted by PlanetGazer

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I've just started reading this one, and I'm hooked already!
  4. May I also recommend you check this post http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/43171-eyepieces-the-very-least-you-need/
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Around 8 but I have a favorite camping spot that can reach 2
  9. 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
  10. It was nice reading this pleasurable experience
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Scared of foxes? You'll have to talk to them
  14. Disgusting! Not sure how to use this in my signature <embed src="http://www.need-less.org.uk/images/need-less-animation.swf" width="300" height="150"></embed>
  15. Just wanted to share this with ya http://www.need-less.org.uk, sorry for getting this old topic back. Some have argued that people won't turn lights off when not needed as it may make them feel safe at night. Maybe that's ok if the lights were to be pointed and concentrated down at where it should be , 1. it'll light more down at the streets so they can see more or feel safe etc.. , 2. save energy 3. and most importantly for us, reduce light pollution. It's all presented in the link above, we just need to share it more.
  16. I've just had the same feeling 2 weeks ago with my 130M
  17. The only reason for setting up the eq mount to point north, is for using the circles to find an object with the coordinates or track objects, right? Because I've been gazing at the moon and Jupiter and didn't bother setting it right.
  18. Oh sorry didn't realise you bought a scope, nvm. Enjoy your dob
  19. That is true, the explorer 130 is the first proper telescope I used. It may be a good idea to start with that. You should ask yourself if you are really getting into astronomy, and how serious are you about imaging? If will regularly use your scope you will quickly grow out of the 130 or 130M as you will want a bigger aperture. The 200p Dob and the explorer 200p have bigger apertures and you will see more with them, the 200 Dob have got a slightly longer focal length than the explorer 200p. Having similar specs, I would guess that both of them will show the same thing (probably the 200p dob is a bit better for that extra 3mm of aperture , someone would have to confirm on that). For the price I will obviously go for the 200p Dob (£279 v £415). The difference between the two as you may know is the mount, you have a dobsonian mount which is very easy to use and navigate, while you have an equatorial mount in the explorer, very good for tracking objects, specially when used with a motor. I would personally choose the 200p dob, it's simple and has a very good price, no wonder it is the most popular telescope. I regretted choosing the 130M,,, again it depends if you are considering astrophotography. Transportation: Both scopes are the same size and almost for focal length, the mounts is what matters here. Assuming you will be using a car, the dob can be split from the scope and you can store them separately, the eq is of course easier to use as the legs can be adjusted and shortened. I've asked the same question when choosing my first telescope, a lot of members recommended the 200p dob as in here, and have commented that transportation of the dob is not a problem. here is the topic if you are interested: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/190665-beginner-telescope/ Also check this for transportation: http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=de&tl=en&u=http://www.joern-lenhardt.de/benny/art_scopes.html The decision is yours my 2 cents, don't take it seriously as I'm only a beginner like you
  20. Glad to hear that, I hope you enjoy your scope and as I have been told before: the best telescope is the one that you use regularly..
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