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  1. a) where you went to get advice This was the first board I stumbled on, so this one. how helpful (or not) was the advice Very helpful! With all of the new users, and even more of the experienced users, all of my questions were already being asked and answered. c) what sort of scopes did you look at Refractors, reflectors, and dobsonians. d) what did you buy 150mm Reflector e) why did you buy what you bought I knew I wanted to be able to see some DSO's, and I didn't have a lot of cash to throw at it, so this fit the bill. f) how has it worked out - what do you like with it/dislike with it Up until now, it has been mildly disappointing. That's because I didn't know what all I needed from the start. It only shipped with one 25mm EP, so all I could see was the moon and the faint glow of M31. Then I got a 9mm EP and could make out bands on Jupiter. Recently I got a set of filters that will help with the light pollution and finally reveal some DSO's. It's been cloudy since I've got them (of course), but I'm really hoping these filters are what I've been waiting for.
  2. I got a Nikon D3000 (10MP), a couple of narrowband filters, and a Telrad for Christmas. Telrads are HUGE! O_O Anyway, I'm obviously looking at getting into astrophotography. I've got a CG-4 mount which I'm about to place a motor drive order for. What other equipment am I going to need? I know about the T ring and adapter. Is that it? Also, if anyone has this camera, a few pointers on manual adjustment would be swell. This camera is also my first camera. An SLR! Lol.
  3. This was the case! I had found this solution before you posted, but thank you. It seems that 7 installed its own drivers for my video card. After I installed the latest ones from nVidia, the problem was corrected.
  4. Thanks for the tip! Yeah. It ran like a dream in Vista, but after firing it up in 7, it acted like it was running on a graphing calculator.
  5. I tried to pull up Stellarium just now and it takes almost a full minute to load, and then runs at <1.5 FPS. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, so maybe that has something to do with it. Perhaps I just need a reinstall.
  6. I'm still saving for my 9mm EP and a 2x barlow. For right now I'm stuck with a pair of bins and my new 6" 25mm/750mm scope. So far I've been able to see the faint core of M31 (pretty light polluted here.. haven't made it out to a dark site yet), and an extremely faint spot that is M57. Both are without any filters. I should have a couple sets of Zhumell narrow and broadband filters coming my way soon. Anything else for the time being?
  7. Is there a method that doesn't require any more purchases to get good collimation? Thanks.
  8. Is there a site online where I can show others/myself cataloged objects I've observed? Edit: HOLY Rubbish! No clouds!
  9. Thanks for that insight. I didn't know what any of the designations stood for, and couldn't find it anywhere on the net.
  10. Hey guys. I was looking for that nebula for about 45 minutes last night with no luck. I believe I was in the right area, but it just wasn't there. I would've stayed out longer, but a roach flew onto my leg and kind of ruined it for me (bleh). I've looked at Jupiter and can make out 2 bands, and I'm still waiting on the Moon to come around. I've seen M31 as well. Just a smudge here. I've looked in 3 different bookstores and none of them carry that Turn Left at Orion book. Trust me, I was looking for that book before I even got my scope. I got the Sky&Telecope Atlas instead. I'm finding that a little difficult to navigate when I see something in the sky and want to look it up in the book. The whole coordinate system is whacked to me seeing how one part of it is constantly changing, and there's no way to convert it to what you see on the charts. So far I've only mastered finding Polaris, Ursa Minor/Major, Pegasus/Andromeda, and Cassiopeia. I'm working on Draco and Hercules now.
  11. Hello again. I'm probably not going to be able to afford any accessories for my new scope for a little while, but until then, could you guys suggest some targets? Right now I only have a 25mm EP with a 6" 750mm scope (30x). No filters, no barlow, nothing else. I was hoping to see IC1805 (the Heart nebula) tonight with the break in the clouds, but I'm worried that I won't be able to see it without a narrowband filter.
  12. Great article! Very cool. Thanks! Now if I could just get a clear night. It's been cloudy for a full week now.
  13. Is there a calculation for these figures? I see people taking about 'arc minutes' and 'minutes' and expressing FOV in degrees (of course). How is all of this determined? Thanks.
  14. That's a really long line to draw with a field of view of a degree or so.
  15. I can do the backwards directions most of the time, but not all the time. I'm still considering on getting it. Pay day is tomorrow!
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