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About TheWannabeAstronomer

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  1. Light pollution plays a big factor in your part. Check a light pollution map and see how bad it is, Use stellarium or TheSky software to find a DSO and check it out! Hopefully you'll see it, I'd suggest trying Orion or Andromeda as there one of the basic ones.
  2. With the current telescope you have you can fit 2 cords into the bottom. a USB to connect to both the telescope and a laptop, and there is another cord that takes the shape of a fios phone cord, That may be the wifi wire that aligns it or moves it for you. I am guessing on this but I would do some research, Google helps alot.
  3. To me it looks like the telescope may not be properly alligned, (Mirrors) so it may produce some sort of reflection from the front circle, Reflectors or Dobsonians tend to do that and also have a circular outer shell so it may explain the curve.
  4. Most of you have heard of the collision of our galaxy against Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor. It is said in 3.45 billion years the Andromeda galaxy will collide and or combine with the milky way, The force will create a light show for even the most polluted sky's. A large elliptical galaxy, known as a super galaxy will form from the ashes of the celestial dog fight. I've been thinking very skeptically about the collision, and thinking about how this will effect earth for the remaining years after the collision. Will the solar system simply collide with a few others and set off a chain reaction of neutron stars or simply engulf all the planets and destroy everything? Or will the space between every star be enough to protect our solar system? Will we be long gone by the time this celestial light show begins/ends? 1) The distance between stars are mere light years away. Meaning that a 0.5% chance that our race will be destroyed, The distance would make stars pass through those gaps between stars with a small percentage of impact. 2) Hence the 1st answer, the chain reaction phenomenon would only occur in a different solar system, if a impact occurred. 3) In 7.3 billion years or so, the sun will turn into a red giant, or super giant, engulfing the inner planets, then it will exhale large amounts of radiation and heat, then turn into a white dwarf star and eventually die out, Or it can turn into a neutron star, this is a rare phenomenon, It can possibly turn into a black hole. 4) It is quite possible we will run out of resources, food, animals and ores for cars, machines etc, And force us to move shop to another planet, if space travel can exceed to that level, Or we can die on our planet, from lack of food, water or shelter, Everything is possible. Any other questions, leave them below and ill happily answer them!
  5. What i wonder is if all the mass in the universe is orbiting something, what i also wonder is if the universe orbits something else. Sent from my Transformer TF101 using Tapatalk
  6. 200mm dobsonian will satisfy your hunger for deep space and give excellent views of the planets (Deep space depends on where you live, light pollution)
  7. I don't think it does. There are multiple theory's of expansion. The Big bang being the most popular is a explosion of infinite mass and infinite density, It is said ultraviolet red waves show celestial objects moving away, while blue shows them getting closer because different objects radiate different ultraviolet rays. It is said that celestial Objects still move away from the explosion today. Another theory is the steady universe theory which means that when enough matter is in the universe it will begin to shrink and condense into 1 point, then re expand all over again, which creates a steady flow. The last one I know of is the multiverse theory. This is the theory that there are multiple universes, Like a bubble, each bubble would be a universe. Every celestial object moves differently depending on how much mass and how long it is, So no this does not effect the expansion of the universe. Infact the universe is expanding faster everyday due to dark energy which makes up 76% of the universes objects. If there is enough of this dark energy it can halt the expansion and start to shrink the universe which brings me back to the theory of steady point. So that was a long answer to a simple question, No, the velocity of each object is different depending on the size and mass of the object.
  8. I have been looking around for a case to fit my astromaster 130eq-md. I recently found out that my family will be taking a trip to upstate new York, I heard the skies are amazing up there. So I decided to take my telescope. But I cant find a carrying case for it. Help me!
  9. M42 Orion Nebula, M45, M27, M32 and NGC392 I adore the Eskimo nebula because in the south skies its very close to Jupiter and should be easy to spot, but be careful the moon may ruin your views
  10. Getting into imaging!

    1. tingting44


      nice! what gear u currently got?

  11. I want to try imaging for the astromaster, I have a eq mount for it so it should work good. I need equipment help. I need: a) Camera T-ring c) Adapter d) Stacker software And anything else you think I may need. I am not sure if the astro master is good for this but im hoping it will. Any advice would be appreciated
  12. When I first started, I first installed the pre given hardware for the sky, and downloaded stellarium. I learned about my telescope, How to collimate and align the finder scope. Next on the list is star hopping. I suggest the book "Turn left at Orion" it tells you a lot about astronomy. I also suggest "Stellarium" which is free astronomical software. If your interested in imaging, try "Making every photon count" Constellations are pretty easy once you get the hang of things, stellarium gives you the option to outline constellations and study them. I suggest buying a compass so you know where to look. After the constellations, you may want to consider a telescope to let you look at the stars up close and personal. Hope this helped.
  13. What camera would you recommend for pictures? Of the canon brand
  14. Quite true, but i always plan ahead, since i get stressed when the time is here and now.
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