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MountainSkies

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About MountainSkies

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    Planetary viewing, Deep sky viewing, Astrophotography, Physics, Astronomy
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    Golden, Co

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  1. My favorite outings are when you are able to see a deep sky object better then before, even if you have seen it a hundred times. It's just amazing, and really fun to see if you can see something new.
  2. RikM, Though I prefer Newtonian reflectors, Many people need a telescope that is easy to care for than a Newtonian reflector that can be broken by a person's hands being dirty and then boom, the telescope is broken and needs to be taken apart again. I would fully recommend a Newtonian to a person who has a helping hand, but sometimes a few posts online do not help with collimation. On astrophotography, I feel that people should learn about what they are looking at, see what they think of their views, and then buy an astrophotography camera if they are invested. You can also use a
  3. Fully agree with you michealmorris, and I will be renaming this blog post bases off your idea. I also will be adding your view about cheap telescopes into this blog post, and also will be adding a few newtonians to the list of reccomended scopes. Thank you for your opinion and ideas, MountainsSkies (Note: sorry for being off forums for so long, was out of country for a few weeks and was busy doing other things)
  4. I guess its going to be another cloudy night. I feel like I haven't used my telescope in ages! Good to be back though after so long. I got some good images of Uranus, The moon, a few star clusters, and Jupiter, but other than that, wasn't that eventful of a night. Comment what you saw!
  5. Hello! Welcome to the most intuitive guide on beginner astronomy ever! First of all, if you are even the greatest astronomer ever, please show this to beginner astronomers as this may help them get a good start. I will also post in the description a video explaining everything I just said a bit easier. Other than that, enjoy! Getting Started Welcome to the great hobby of astronomy! First off, I would like to say three things about your new hobby! 1st: Don't expect what you see in pictures! This is a picture taken by NASA using the Hubble telescope of the
  6. It depends on which telescope you are using. If you are using Celestron, I would definitely recommend SkyPortal. If not, then I would recommend Star Rover, as this was the first stargazing app I used and is very informative, as that is the goal of that app. It pretty much depends on what you need. I would recommend Star Rover, as this is probably the best. Loved this one because it gave me a bit of backstory on the thing I was looking at, and was always in the correct location if location is on.
  7. Hello again! So, you just got the newest phone, and as an astronomer/astrophotographer/stargazer/sketch artist, want to have an app that shows you what's up that night. But the problem is that there is thousands of apps that show you everything in the night sky. Here are my top ten picks in order, and than after that some honorable mentions: 1. Celestron SkyPortal-ease of use, hooks up to Celestron Telescope 2. Star Walk- ease of use, makes life very easy for me 3. Star Rover- Great app, well made, and has great interface options 4. Star Tracker Lite- Free, large pictu
  8. SkyPortal by Celestron is great if you own a Celestron telescope, as with the wifi link you can connect your electronic to the telescope and control it this way. Stellarium is also awesome! I Have also made a blog post on this topic: https://stargazerslounge.com/blogs/entry/1897-the-up-to-date-guide-on-stargazing-with-electronics/ Just Noticed I leveled up to nebula. Yay!
  9. Hello again! You may have read my other blog posts for beginners on stuff like this as well, and I will soon be taking all my blog posts for beginners and compressing them into a super guide! Other than that, let us begin! So, you just got the newest phone, and as an astronomer/astrophotographer/stargazer/sketch artist, want to have an app that shows you what's up that night. But the problem is that there is thousands of apps that show you everything in the night sky. Here are my top ten picks in order, and than after that some honorable mentions: 1. Celestron SkyPortal-ease of
  10. DevonSkies, I own a Nexstar 127SLT as well, and find it a great scope if you want top notch views. I have a guide on first observing night, and it includes a section on telescope buying. I will leave at the end of this post. Many people may find dobsonian's hard to use, as collimation can be a hassle for beginners. Refractors are great, as the right ones offer average to good views at a cheap price than a higher priced Dobsonian. Here is my blog post: https://stargazerslounge.com/blogs/entry/1896-the-ultimate-guide-for-beginners-to-stargazing/
  11. Hello! Welcome to the most intuitive guide on beginner astronomy ever! First of all, if you are even the greatest astronomer ever, please show this to beginner astronomers as this may help them get a good start. I will also post in the description a video explaining everything I just said a bit easier. Other than that, enjoy! Getting Started Welcome to the great hobby of astronomy! First off, I would like to say three things about your new hobby! 1st: Don't expect what you see in pictures! This is a picture taken by NASA using the Hubble telescope of the
  12. Hello! Welcome to the most intuitive guide on beginner astronomy ever! First of all, if you are even the greatest astronomer ever, please show this to beginner astronomers as this may help them get a good start. I will also post in the description a video explaining everything I just said a bit easier. Other than that, enjoy! Getting Started Welcome to the great hobby of astronomy! First off, I would like to say three things about your new hobby! 1st: Don't expect what you see in pictures! This is a picture taken by NASA using the Hubble telescope of the
  13. Helps with viewing, but don't keep both eyes open if uncomfortable. TIP: put a hand over the other eye, as this helps!
  14. Forgot to mention that more pollution cases worse views!
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