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About AstroJosh

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  1. Hello all! I have spent the past several weeks with my 8" Dob trying to locate these galaxies. Supposedly they are right next to each other and make quite a sight, especially since they will be my first galaxies. I have tried using several sources to locate them, and I know the general area of where they should be, but I still cant find them!! If anybody has any surefire way to find them, it's much appreciated! P.S. I'm using a 25mm eyepiece if that helps
  2. Well, probably a very small distance, astronomically speaking
  3. Does anyone know if an inexpensive (<$300) radio telescope of reasonable quality is available for personal use? I've always been fascinated with radio astronomy and was intrigued that apparently, yes, there are personal ones out there. Suggestions anyone?
  4. From experience I can say the XT8 is the best choice for the money. Sturdy and well-put-together while still maintaining overall lightweight portability. Plus the actual optics are incredible. Thumbs up for the XT8!
  5. Thanks everyone, I've gotten some good advice. And sorry if I'm new to this, but just for confirmation: Smaller eyepieces allow for greater magnification/smaller field of view? Hope that isn't too bleeding obvious...
  6. Although I'm not currently in any Astrophyiscs courses, I know that a strong base in Calculus is needed. Hope that helps!
  7. AstroJosh

    Hello all!

    Thank you everyone! I've already gotten started and like what I see!
  8. Thanks Warthog, I was thinking of getting one of the Shorty Barlows advertised in the Orion catalogs. Also, what do you think of that Zooom! device put out by Orion? I believe it can change between eyepiece magnifications
  9. Thanks jahmanson. I already suspected Plossl were the best in the business. So any number of eyepieces in the 7-32mm range would be my bets bet?
  10. Hey everybody I recently purchased the Orion SkyQuest XT8 and tried it out. It came with the default standard 25mm 1.25" eyepiece and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to which eyepieces I might also purchase. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of detail and magnification the 25mm offered. Note: the scope also accepts 2' eyepieces.
  11. AstroJosh

    Hello all!

    Hello everybody! AstroJosh signing on here. I've had a love for astronomy since about 2006 and got my first telescope in 2009, the International Year of Astronomy. I look forward to some good times at the Stargazers Lounge!
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