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  1. Any eyepieces that you can recommend? Preferably on the cheaper (<50 USD) range, if it's not horrible. Thanks.
  2. Pick 3: Cloud-free skies Sun well below the horizon Good transparency Good seeing Comfortable temparature
  3. Alright, thanks. I misunderstood the adapter: the telescope's eyepiece "tube" is for 2" eyepieces, and the adapter downsizes it, from what I can now understand. However, for now, I think that I will buy a 1.25" UHC first and then a 40mm 1.25" EP, allowing me to use the filter on my 60AZ (it's surprisingly good at deep sky observations, actually. I've done observations of the Orion Nebula, and it reveals a hazy nebulosity, and splits the Trapezium) and on eyepieces that are in the more common 1.25" size. I plan on buying the 40mm EP before the Z8, so that I can use the 40mm eyepiece with t
  4. Yes, 2" is what I meant. Bandwidth is how large the filter's "allowed" spectrum is, right?
  5. Nice report! Next time, maybe show him Mizar A and B - it's a nice binary, and easy to find. The best thing about double stars is that light pollution really doesn't change anything.
  6. Or, more likely, he is undergoing a period of star formation due to tidal interaction from nearby bumble bees.
  7. I have decided that I'd like to buy a Zhumell Z8 8" dob to complement my AstroMaster LT 60AZ's portability and reliability with a heavier instrument, to ease observation of dimmer things like deep sky objects. However, I have also considered buying a 1.25" Zhumell UHC filter to increase contrast on some fuzzies, but the Z8's included 32mm Plössl is a 2.5-inch sized eyepiece. The Z8 comes with an adapter to fit smaller eyepieces, including the included 9mm 1.25-inch eyepiece. However, I am wondering if the filter can be fitted to the adapter as well, allowing for me to only buy a 1.25-inch UHC
  8. Thanks for all the replies! However, the Dobsonian mounts seem like they may be hard for me. From what I can tell, they can only elevate, and not traverse horizontally; is that true? And if it is, is the mount very difficult to use to find things in? Thanks!
  9. I'm a suburban observer. According to lightpollutionmap.info's legend of the VIIRS survey, I'm sitting in an area in the range of ~20 10^-9 W/cm2*sr, whatever the hell that means. I can't see the Orion Nebula with binoculars, when I went outside tonight (well, to be fair, the moon IS up) but I can still see Orion and his bow while the Moon is up. My current telescope is the AstroMaster LT 60AZ, which, for a beginner like me, I really do recommend. Now that I know that I'm really into looking up rather than down, I'm looking to invest in a second telescope with a larger aperture for observing (
  10. For such a hobby I have found little to no documentation that explains things for a beginner, so I ask for help here. I need help getting started with astrophotography. So far, I have done observations of the stars, planets, and M31 and that one globular cluster in Sagittarius that I forgot the name of. I have done these with an AstroMaster LT 60AZ, which, of course, is not the telescope I want to use for astrophotography. I would like to observe, and photograph, with a telescope. I would like to take a long exposure picture with a camera so I can see deep sky objects better, and planets
  11. This may be a stupid question, but would the eyepiece be useful for other scopes? Do a lot of scopes have a 1.25" barrel diameter?
  12. I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, sorry if it's not. I have an AstroMaster LT 60AZ, which I've already used to observe a couple of the brighter deep-sky objects (from light polluted suburb skies!). It's a good scope, even though it's only $110 on Celestron's site, and for a 60mm refractor it's given me a lot of good views. The best are probably of the planets and the Moon. Using just the 20mm and 10mm eyepieces it comes with, it's served me well. They give 35x and 70x magnification, respectively. According to Celestron's specs of the scope, it has a highest useful magnifica
  13. That must have been a beautiful sight. Even in the suburbs of Milwaukee we often see some meteors; my father reports hearing a "pop" as one exploded. Did this one happen to explode or make any noise?
  14. Thank you. I am familiar with how globulars don't lose much in bad conditions, and that's why I chose them as first fuzzy candidates. I only looked for M31 because I got confident in my fuzzy-spotting skills. Thank you, too. I wanted to look at binaries, but it was getting a bit late for me and Ursa Major was already below the horizon. I have observed Mizar-Alcor, and I believe I split Mizar into two stars, and I may have even split Mizar A or B. I will look for some binary stars to observe. Thanks! M13 was a candidate, but M22 was chosen because it was lower; I was having trou
  15. I am pretty new to astronomy. Though I have had a Celestron AstroMaster LT 60AZ for a while, I am just now getting into using it a lot. Until now, that meant I was only looking at stars and planets. But today at 10:30 PM local time, during partly cloudy skies, I took the scope outside to look at things. I had already drawn a map of Sagittarius, including what I needed to know to make sure a star was the star I was looking for (spectral type and magnitude.) However, I didn't need that information too much. It was easier than I thought, as on this clear night, Sagittarius is one of the only
  16. Where are you located, or where are you observing from? It can (and often will) make a huge difference on whether or not you can see something, or how good the image would be.
  17. Yeah, the direction really makes a difference when dealing with stars near the horizon. Andromeda is over Milwaukee at 22/10PM, which has been preventing me from finding the Andromeda galaxy for the first time. (Even if I found it, it would probably look like a small white fuzz in an expanse of orangeish-grey skies.) I can't figure out which star is which in the constellation, even when using Cassiopeia (all 5 stars visible) as a guide. It doesn't help that a neighbor built a house in front of Andromeda, how insensitive of them!
  18. Thank you for all of the replies. I am also considering going to the Horicon wildlife area, where, on the light pollution atlas, it is bright yellow.
  19. Here is an image of my "residential area" site idea, with the names whited over in a (rather paranoid) action for my safety. What about here?
  20. Hello, I am fairly new to observing, though I have been reading about astronomy and cosmology for years. I have a cheap Celestron AstroMaster LT60AZ. For such a low-end telescope, two days ago it gave me the joy of seeing Saturn's rings for the first time. Previously I had also observed Jupiter and was able to see some of the Galilean moons, and I was also able to see Mars as an extremely bright disk. The Moon also had a lot of time in my eyepiece, not to mention the times when I just look at the little points of light that are in random parts of the sky through my telescope. On to the qu
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