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    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Classical Music, Neuroscience, Drawing, Writing, Stargazing { of course :) }, Futurism, Soccer, Baseball, & Swimming
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  1. Oh that's right, I have recently dug out a star chart that I thought I lost. If worse comes to worst, I'm pretty good at memorizing where things are so I can work with that. I definitely want to find the Andromeda Galaxy! I haven't thought about M33, M16, or M17 simply because I thought I couldn't see them, but now I can look for these and try my best to locate them all. Thanks
  2. BeanerSA, I have a Zhumell z10 Dobsonian, with lens sizes 4, 9, 20, and 30mm, plus a 2x Barlow Lens. I also have a Moon filter which I rarely use, haha. To Owmuch, I hope I can see Sagittarius and all the wonderful nebulae around it. My latitude is about 39.8 N so it should be high enough in the sky right now. My only issue is the trees in my yard. Too tall and too many! I suppose it involves lugging my telescope all around the yard.
  3. I've been happily busy using my Dobs to find some cool objects so far this summer, including M57 Ring Nebula and M27 Dumbbell. I did some research and a lot of the nebulae or galaxies I want to find are either too dim for my skies, or I need a certain filter to see them which I clearly don't have. I also don't have the money to get one at this time.... Thankfully, looking for the objects isn't difficult for me anymore. I like to use my ipad's StarWalk and turn it different directions to accommodate for the upside-down view in the lens. Anyway, last week I really wanted to find the North Ameri
  4. Next targets are definitely the North America Nebula (NGC7000), NGC7027 Planetary Nebula, and NGC6888 Crescent Nebula within Cygnus.
  5. Welcome to SGL, William from Chloe! I hope you find everything you're looking for here
  6. Hello all, I am in a fantastic mood tonight! I finally saw the Ring Nebula 20 minutes ago! It didn't take that long, and following the advice you guys gave me, I was able to see the fuzzy, gray ring with my 30, 20, and 9mm lenses. Some day I should invest in a DSLR camera, because a simple phone camera just couldn't do it, of course. I admit that I almost cried instantly...what a huge sense of accomplishment Still no luck with M101, it's a strange galaxy. I think I got close to seeing M51 tonight but I need slightly darker skies. Having an aligned finder scope really does help. I will post ag
  7. Great, great explanations Stu, as YKSE also said above. I'm beginning to learn how to really use my lens and their technical aspects, so a big thank you awarded to that. It makes much more sense now
  8. Thank you Dave! I'm not clear whether my lens magnify much or not, they might. All I know is that they range in the size of viewing field. I have 4, 9, 20, and 30mm, plus a 2x and 3x Barlow Lens. I don't see much of a difference when looking but I will double-check. I guess my skies are pretty dark, but sometimes the tall trees in my yard get in the way
  9. I love "Skywatching" by David H. Levy, and "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" by Dickinson & Dyer. Both are full of great information and tips.
  10. So I tried last night, and after 30 minutes of angry grumbling I finally aligned my finder scope. I don't know how long it was that off-centered but I'm very happy I fixed it. I began looking for M51 first and used 30mm field of view lens to start with. I think I got to the general area but wasn't sure if I found it. I used averted vision to try & locate the fuzzy patch. Then I used a smaller field view, 20mm, and that brought out dimmer stars. Tonight if it's clear, I'm going to attempt using my 9mm or 4mm and see if that works. Another one of my targets yesterday was the Ring Nebula in L
  11. Very well said. Also I have found that the Moonlight messes me up sometimes, that's not a surprise to me. I should go live on a mountain...
  12. Thanks for all your extremely helpful replies!! I feel like a lightbulb just went off in my head I am going to go out right now and fix my finder scope Now let me address some specifics Hi BigSumorian, my skies are pretty dark since I don't live near a city. Even my neighbors don't use many outside lights. But I do get what you mean, and I could probably find an even darker place near me if I searched for it.
  13. Hi everyone, I need a bit of help locating the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) through my telescope... I have a Zhumell Dobsonian z10 and it's a beautiful scope, I'm able to see most stars & planets well through it. But I seem to have trouble finding these 2 objects even if I know exactly where they are supposed to be. The biggest problem I have is the upside-down, flipped view through the lens because the z10 is a reflector. I always get confused and don't move the telescope in the correct directions. I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to do this right so I can
  14. Good evening, everyone! My name is Chloe, and I'm new on this wonderful website. I'm 17 and love to take my telescope out to search for nebulae, galaxies, & planets...although I'm not much more than an amateur astronomer. I came upon this site hoping to connect with other stargazers and even gain some knowledge that will help me in my future endeavors. I'm not the most outgoing person, I am more reserved but I am as nice as humanly possible to anyone I meet. Besides astronomy, I'm also passionately interested in classical music since I play the piano & viola, neuroscience that's relate
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