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About Skuzmak

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  1. Hi kesom, I'm a newby at this as well, recently picked up a dobsinian reflector (Orion xt10), it's been really rewarding so far, not too portable. Really, but it certainly feels like I've gotten my moneys worth . Was totally amazed (and still am) at seeing saturns rings, and the incredible detail on the moon.
  2. Nice pic! Inspired me to give it a try, couldn't find my camera, so I just used my iPhone. Here's the pic, from an Orion xt10 with a 7mm ep.
  3. Hi lazzy, yes it is quite the beast, but I don't Mind hauling it around (need the exercise anyway ). I got it for $630 Canadian, the 8" was a couple hundred cheaper, but I decided to strain my budget a bit and go bigger.
  4. Hi lazzy, I'm quite new to this all, I just picked up an Orion xt10 classic (10" dobsinian). Easy to assemble, collimination wasn't needed but I tweaked it anyway (easy to do). I'm very impressed with what I'm seeing. The ez finder ii works great. Also, hand tracking is not difficult once you figure out which-way-is-which. Very positive experience so far, I'd definitely recommend the dobsinian reflector route if you're on a budget (as I was).
  5. Skuzmak

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    Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone!
  6. Skuzmak

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    I've been staring at the stars for many years ( too many ), but I've never gone through the effort to learn the sky. Finally decided to take it further, jump in with both feet. After some research I decided to pick up an Orion xt10 classic, went and got it today. Of course, tonight here (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was cloudy. But... There was a small break in the clouds and I spotted something bright, swung the beast around, put in a 7mm ep and focused (after using the ez finder , which works great btw). Focus, focus....rings!!! Holy smoke, I'm staring at Saturn! Very exciting! Was even able to track it for a bit, no problem. A great start, I can't wait to see more, so much to learn! Steve
  7. New to the hobby, just bought an Orion xt10 classic today! A bit cloudy tonight, nothing visible to the naked eye - but there was a little breakup in the clouds, spotted something fairly bright, used the red dot finder, put in a 7mm eyepiece, and wow!!! Rings, Saturn came into view!!! Quite a thrill and a great start. Was even able to track without much effort (if nothing else super Mario brothers gave me decent motor skills). Can't wait for a clear night to see more!
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