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  1. At least for planets and the moon, pretty much anywhere is good, thats the silver lining, a dark sky won't really matter all too much for planetary and lunar.
  2. Thats awesome! wait till you see Saturn for the first time, its a whole new level of WOW!
  3. Spectacular! a Tak TOA150, only in my dreams.
  4. The star adventurer is loads of fun under a dark sky.
  5. Out of sheer curiosity i ask, i didn't know baffle plates worked in a newtonian the same way as in a refractor and, how do the diffraction spikes look on stars with that type of vein?
  6. Having seen the entire video, including the puff of desert dust at the end, i searched through the comments section afterwards to see what others said. One youtube commented "he went out like Wile E Coyote" this had me keeled over. Flat Earther attempting actual science is bad news, sad he had to kill himself so pointlessly, i feel terrible for his loved ones who were just supporting him, maybe they were?.
  7. Hello, i am curious about how large bino's are typically used, i have never had the pleasure of looking through a large pair, it must be beautiful. Upon doing some searching, i see that Orion makes 100mm ED bino's, that is BIG! and ED at that. When using such Bino's, it is obvious the eyepieces will cost a lot since one needs two of each but, can magnification follow the same rule per inch of aperture as a telescope? is it feasible to use lets say 100x power in binoculars? (on a mount of course). Having never used a large quality pair, i can imagine what sweeping the milky way would be like with such large ED binoculars. Maybe if i had a peek, i may never touch my telescope again. Those Orion ED binoculars are pricey but, they surely must be another experience all together. Sweeping star rich regions in stereo vision must be just jaw dropping.
  8. Amazing, you are a brave soul, i would have written that mirror off, licking it clean would have been so far from my train of thought. Maybe spitting on it and gently finger rubbing the spittle but, you say you actually licked it clean?? you my friend, should be issued the equivalent of the amateurs astronomers Nobel Prize or something. The story will be told at star parties. One fellow will ask of another, as they glance at you from a distance, "who is that man?"... other man replies, "you don't know! that is the man who once licked his mirror spotless" a collective gasp is heard from everyone around and, they part as you walk the grounds.
  9. Those are wonderful images! and yes, quiet would be the correct word to describe our sun right now.
  10. Oh yes, I remember my "once off" telescope, I bought it about 12 telescopes ago, wait a minute, I swore they would all be the last one!. If I were sent off to an island with only one scope forever more, I may just pick a 9.25 Celestron Edge SCT on an equatorial mount. There is no such thing as a do it all telescope but, the 9.25 Celestron falls nicely in the large enough to show the fuzzies yet still manageable as I age, a great scope for planetary also, and, if imaging is in your future, with an EQ mount, you'll be off to the races. tomorrow, I may choose another, there are so may options it boggles the mind, I am basing my choice from scopes I have used before, others may have completely different choices. The point I am getting at is this, one can only make such a choice after having had experience with many types. There will be many different options suggested to you and, I guarantee, if you are crazy about this hobby, the term "once off" is, respectfully, humorous to those of us who many times have thought "that's it, no more scopes"
  11. Hello! It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that you seek out your local astronomy club and, join it. You will, as we all have at one time, benefit greatly from mingling with others who will be more than pleased to help you both grow with your scope and, understand the night sky. Another recommendation I know will REALLY help you (as it has for us all also) is seek out a book called "left turn at Orion" or, another great one "Nightwatch" by Terrence Dickinson. Those books are beginners bibles, they're not science books meant for astronomers but, books tailored for the beginner. Having said that, Welcome to SGL!, congratulations on your first scope, it is a great beginners scope, you'll enjoy it for years to come. Utilize YouTube for videos like "using an equatorial mount" "night sky for beginners" and so on, YouTube is a treasure trove of info for all of us amateurs. Work with the eyepieces you have for now, you will know soon enough what you want, get to know your scope and how it works under the night sky. Make sure to read the manual and, most importantly, never get discouraged if you run into a roadblock, we all do. When you get out under the sky, first thing you'll want to do is put in an eyepiece, find any terrestrial light or lamp post in the distance, focus on it, then adjust your pointer so it is pointing at the same object your scope is looking at. Once this is done, they will be in sync with each other and you can then use the pointer as a target finder for the scope. Have fun and, visit often!
  12. The detail you've captured in those wisps of clouds is pretty darn sweet, don't throw in the towel yet my friend, i can see your good work through whatever has obstructed the view.
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