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  1. I'm back, finally, after all that snowstorm Rubbish, and even though it was like 20 degrees, it was a clear sky, and the moon was viewable for the first time since I got my telescope. I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to find it, but I did, finally, and it was incredible! I got to see all the little craters; it felt like I could reach out and touch it. I was so amazed. It's hard to explain how I feel when I finally get to see a planet, star, moon, etc up close. I know it's there, but when I get to actually see it or see it up close, it makes me feel like nothing else matters. All the silly problems I have.... too much to do at work, all the Christmas shopping and getting together with the dysfunctional family, all of that worry and stress is meaningless. There are billions of stars just in our galaxy and there are god knows how many galaxies in the universe. I'm an infinitely small part of that. At the end of the day, whatever I'm going through probably won't matter next month or next year. Space puts things into perspective. So happy I finally get to see more of it!
  2. I appreciate all the wonderful suggestions and advice! I can't wait to get out there again... as soon as this irritating winter storm clears up... I'd been going out every night since I got my telescope, and now I can't, and I miss it. I'll keep you guys updated on what I find when I can view again.
  3. Another thing I was going to ask is if anyone uses Google sky maps or the Droid sky map... sometimes I find them unreliable, and I just wanted to get the general opinion on them. Definitely downloading Stellarium though.
  4. Louis, I've been trying to find M42 for the last three days... Haven't spotted it yet in the scope. I keep looking for Orion's belt, but I'm using the 10mm eyepiece, not the 20mm eyepiece (both come with the telescope) b/c I have such a hard time focusing on anything with the 20mm... I get such better results with the 10mm (just to be clear, I'm under the assumption the 20mm will allow me to see more in the scope, it's less magnification right?) So I see a bright star, then start looking up or down to see if there's one (or two) below or above it, and no luck so far. But, yes, M42, Jupiter and Venus (although I might be too late for that one), are the top three I was looking to see this week. Unfortunately, Dallas is scheduled to get some rain/sleet over the next few days and weekend; so will probably have to wait a few days to observe again.
  5. I've just seen Jupiter for the first time EVER!!!

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    2. northwalesparry


      excellent isn't it , did you manage to see any of the moons

    3. FlareStar


      Yes, I saw all four! It was incredible, although, that really doesn't accurately describe it LOL... can't wait for Saturn!

    4. northwalesparry


      Saturn is amazing the first time you see it.

  6. Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! Louis, you're right, the binoculars were very helpful to me tonight. And NGC, great idea to find an astronomy club near me. I gotta tell you guys, I'm pretty much on cloud nine right now b/c I just saw Jupiter and it's moons! I was so freaking excited when I found it! I'm still excited LOL. Thanks again for the help!
  7. I have a Celeston 130eq, and the first night I took it out, I couldn't see anything. This should tell you how new I am to all this LOL. I've reached the conclusion that it had more to do with focus than anything else. Last night, though, I was able to see some stars... it was amazing! But I had no idea what specific stars I was really looking at. I had it pointed in the general direction of Cassiopeia, then tried Orion and Neptune, and no such luck with those two. I'm trying to understand and be able to accuratly calculate the declination and r.a. axis because I'm assuming that's how I point to an exact location. Can someone please explain how that works? I was looking at the star charts in a few astronomy magazines, specifically the r.a. axis and declination, but it seemed all wrong when I tried to set it up. Also, how do I lock my telescope into place once I have my target set? Last night was alot of fun, but I was just manually moving the telescope around in a general direction and really had no idea what I was looking at. As I said before, I tried to find Neptune in my scope, but couldn't seem to even get close. Thanks for any help you can give me.
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! Can't wait to tell you all about my observations...
  9. Hello everyone! I'm pretty new to astronomy, but I've always loved looking at the stars. For the past few weeks, I've been using my uncle's binoculars to look around. The first night I saw Jupiter and the Orion nebula, and now I'm pretty much hooked. My friend was nice enough to buy me a Celestron Astromaster 130eq (early Christmas gift,) and I'm going to take it out for the first time tonight... there's something about staring up into space that makes me feel so peaceful and calm. I think the majority of people don't think about space that much, but it's always there and so incredible! Every time I look up, it puts my life into perspective, and all of my petty, little problems don't seem as big... thinking this might be my new religion.
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