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Everything posted by BeanerSA

  1. One of my faves. Nice job.
  2. What you will be able to see depends on a lot of factors. You will at least be able to see Moon, Planets and some of their moons, Open Star Clusters, and some Globular Clusters. If you have good clear skies, low light pollution, good dark adaptation and patience, you should be able to see some of the larger, brighter galaxies.
  3. Firstly, it's nice to see that you started off with realistic expectations, and Saturn is always a cool first object! I would say that you see the ground, with good dark adaptation is reasonable. When you look up, does the sky have an orange (usually orange) glow? If so, that is the light pollution. With regards to M31, I have to say upfront that I'm a southern hemisphere dweller, and can't see it from where I am, but the description you gave is pretty common, so I would say that was it. It's a massive object (nearly 3 degrees across) so low power eyepieces are the key here. A) it just won't fit in the field of view of a low power eyepiece, and it will become dimmer as you go up in magnification. As for expectations, just bask in the knowledge that you are viewing another distant galaxy. HTH
  4. Wow that could be a problem. To be fair, even if it could slew to the zenith, viewing is often a problem on any telescope, as the eyepiece ends up in extreme positions.
  5. I use a set of Taki's star charts, printed on A3, placed back to back and laminated. Done cheap, at work!
  6. I'd use the stock eyepieces for a while before considering buying additional eyepieces.
  7. Internet may be required to download extra libraries.
  8. Yup, it's in a cracking position at the moment.
  9. No, but if you move up to a CPC or higher, a wedge is available.
  10. Awesome stuff man. My son has ASD, and I only got into this because he asked for a telescope! Now it's something we do together regularly.
  11. I didn't see any mention of that in the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega
  12. Really? I didn't think so.
  13. Firstly, you need to stop using the iPad app. That's killing your dark adapted vision. Either plan your observing session on the app and then leave it indoors, or learn to read a star chart with a red torch. You don't really need that filter just yet, and if you can see the ring nebula, you should be able to see plenty with that big 10" bucket.
  14. If it looks okay on the star test, it's probably good enough for visual use.
  15. This thread is so confusing! Where did that Jimbo post come in?!
  16. I've read this thread a couple of times now. What is it that you are trying to see exactly?
  17. Those observations are pretty typical of first observations. I have two comments for you; 1) The more you look, the more you will see. Each time you revisit an object, you will notice a little more detail. You are training your brain. 2)Lower your expectations slightly and revel in the knowledge of how far the photons have travelled from the object you are looking at, to your retina. M31 is 2.537 million light years away, and contains an estimated 1 trillion stars.
  18. Definitely Mine are just as important as my charts. That's how I use them too. Plus it's much easier to find stuff in that wider field before heading to the telescope.
  19. Not really. Just much quicker setup times. You get used to hugging your scope as you nudge it around trying to find or track your chosen target.
  20. Better viewing conditions, and repeated viewings, will achieve more than any expensive eyepiece.
  21. Thanks. Spring is almost here! I could probably do a bit better, but I'm limited to objects greater than 15° above the horizon. The 2 brightest ones really are something special. I'd be happy to show then to you if you ever make it down this way. Thanks. I targeted them because I see them suggested as first DSO's for northern observers on here. As above, if you ever make it down this way, I'll be happy to show them to you. It'll be funny to watch your reaction to the constellations being upside down.
  22. In theory, you would actually want to use the values of RA (Right Ascension) and Dec (Declination) with your equatorial mount. Any star chart or book will have celestial coordinates for sky objects listed as RA/Dec. Then you would take those values, and use your setting circles to point the scope towards the object you are looking for. The reality is, that setting circles on low end mounts, are next to useless, and star hopping is a much better way to find your object, and then you would use your slow motion controls to keep the object in your eyepiece. This video explains the problem of setting circles nicely. Educate yourself a bit by having a look at some of the Eyes On The Sky introductory videos https://www.youtube.com/user/eyesontheskyDOTcom
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