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  1. Meteors weren't my main focus last night, but I did manage to see 2 good specimens.
  2. westmarch is right. Also, don't always go for the highest magnification. Sometimes, that just makes it blurry. try going for low magnification and just soaking in the detail (this is true for lunar and planetary, at least). Good luck!
  3. So fascinating the mysteries that are within the reach of a telescope!
  4. great shot! Are those KBO's that I see moving on about the same axis as Pluto? There's one midway between Pluto and the upper right-hand corner (1:00), and another nearer the top left corner.
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    Moonrise in Alps

    Wonderful! I love the clouds that cross the moon, they make is so 3-dimensional!
  6. Thanks guys! Hopefully someone does something with it soon, it was so user friendly and easy to understand!
  7. Hey all! for a while now, iss.astroviewer.net has been giving me this when I visit: Does anyone know where it is now? Thanks in advance!
  8. I recommend a red dot finder. Mine is pretty cheap, but I find it reliable and easy to use. It stays aligned, but is easy to correct when needed. Good luck!
  9. enjoyed the read! Hopefully I can make it out tonight for a little observing myself.
  10. Happy Terrestrial Aphelion Day! Yep, today the earth is about 94.5 million miles from the sun :) 

    1. JohnSadlerAstro


      Well it's too hot here despite that! :D 

  11. This website can also be used to see the sky from your location: http://www.skymaponline.net/ I'm guessing that @carastro is right.
  12. You're probably right, Cornelius Varley. I tried importing the image into google images and came up with results similar to your answer. Personally, I think it would make a fine first scope!
  13. I've been wanting to see the sun set behind the mountains through the telescope for a while now, so this is one off the bucket list.
  14. Thanks, very cool! Gave me an an idea for a target tonight!
  15. Great shots, all! Loved to see them, and see what is possible with a smartphone!
  16. High speed winds over in my part of Colorado, USA! I would be out with the telescope doing solar observations, but this wind and these flying branches might threaten my telescope! :hiding: 

  17. This morning I replaced the glass piece with a different one that was better, and less broken. I gave it a full test, and hooked up the camera to it. It worked like a dream! I could actually see through one eyepiece myself, while the camera was poised and ready on the other side. The side with the camera was noticeably dimmer, but not enough to be an annoyance. After a few more tests, I think I will be ready to use it in the field.
  18. finally, (partial) success! I was able to use a microscope coverslip to achieve much the same effect as a beam splitter (see the below picture). I was actually really surprised to see how well it worked on the telescope, as it actually let me see where the telescope was pointed, from both sides! Still bugs in the system, but I am working on it. Primary annoyance: Hot glue obscures the view! This is obviously still in beta version, so I will replace it with a more functional, professional glass piece. This is still just proof of concept. I will try to keep all posted! Thanks
  19. Thanks all, a big help. When (and if) I am successful, i will try to post about it. It may end up taking me till summer break, though!
  20. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a DIY beamsplitter to be used in a very basic homemade binoveiwer lens? It needs to have a 45deg. angle of incidence (I think that's what it's called, right?) and a 50/50 ratio. Thanks, Subdeo
  21. Thanks, that was a helpful diagram and information!
  22. I see what you mean.... What if I used a beam splitter to send half the light one way and the other half the other way? I think that this would eliminate the problem of a half image on each side, no?
  23. Hello all, The ISS is set to transit the sun on Tuesday, and I am torn between observation and photography . However, I thought of a solution. I considered it, and drew a blueprint which I attached below: Sorry, It looks like something a five year old drew! I did some research, and I found that someone already beat me to the idea. However, these lenses are a bit above my budget at the moment. So, now I come to the point; Does this plan seem feasible for an amateur to build? Will it operate as expected? I plan to try to buy some small mirrors at a hobby store and care
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