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theblazingak

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  1. Not planning on buying, just curious. It seems like a beginner question, and that's why I posted it here. What is the advantage of using a specialized solar scope over a similar refractor with a solar filter? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Astroboot is unavailable to me since I am in the U.S. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have stellarium on desktop with my location set up(gps position and altitude) and it seems quite impressive. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Iwatchstars I.... Think so? Paul M I agree. Lots of learning to be done. I have stellarium on desktop, how good is it on mobile? Mobile version costs money. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Hello everyone. As mentioned elsewhere, I am saving up for a $400 telescope, however I have often read that it is best to start with higher end astronomy binoculars, typically $70 and up, along with a tripod for as much as a year first. What is your opinion on this? And what's wrong with my $35 7x50 handheld celestrons? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks for the replies everyone! Cjdawson, I live in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks guys, feeling inspired! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Roughly northeast? In Dubuque, Iowa, USA Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you for your replies everyone. I do wish I knew where it was, but since I do not have a red flashlight to read a star chart out there and(being a beginner) don't know the sky well enough to be able to say much more than that it was "over there". I read elsewhere in the forums that nebulae look like gray clouds through binoculars or low power telescopes. I do have stellarium but haven't really used it yet. It seems quite impressive, I'll get to setting up my location on it soon. Thanks again! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. After a few years with a rickety, complex beginner scope I can barely use and navy blue skies with no more than a few hundred stars on a good night, I have moved to a new address with a much nicer, actually dark nighttime view. I am currently using cheap astronomy binoculars and am quite impressed with the views I'm getting. When I move up to a decent telescope, what should I get? I'm not completely sure what I really want to do with my scope in the future, besides that I'm not doing Astrophotography. I would take the traditional approach, except that there don't appear to be any star parties being organized anywhere near here and the closest astronomy club is more than an hour away and I don't have a car of my own. I'm kinda left in the dark, no pun intended. As such, almost everything I read online says "buy a dob" but I'm still not sure- the image flip might be a bit difficult to adjust to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I was stargazing tonight through my celestron cometron 8x50 binoculars and saw a small, dull gray cloud among the stars. It was clear out and it didn't appear to be blocking any starlight. My binoculars weren't having any issues. Is this what I think it is? I'm just asking because I would rather not jump to conclusions. This is my first day owning astronomy binoculars and I also just moved to a new address with a much darker night sky. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. What digital sky atlases apps do you guys prefer? I'm using Star Chart for IOS but I'm not sure how well it actually works. The orientation is always off on iPhone but it seems fine on iPad. But I'm a beginner so... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I really don't like my celestron 114eq telescope- it's nearly useless.The tripod wobbles way too much, I don't like the equatorial mount, and the finder scope never stays put. I am saving up for a bigger, nicer telescope on an easy to use dobsonian mount(8" Orion/skywatcher/zhumell-not sure yet) and am currently using cheap astronomy binoculars to stargaze at the moment. That being said, if I ever wanted another, smaller scope for ease of transport would it be possible to mount the tube on a dobsonian mount? Do dobsonian mounts for 114mm telescopes even exist? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I am in the USA. I don't know if Zhumell 8 inch dobsonians are even still made as they are sold out everywhere online that I can order from. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. (Continuing post) then I will need to look at aftermarket finderscopes. Are they all universal fit or are they brand specific? Is $50 too small of a budget for one? Are red dot finder scopes any good? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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