Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_terminator_challenge.thumb.jpg.b7f10f594317507d0f40662231b0d9a8.jpg

baer

Hi! :)

Recommended Posts

Like all of you, I'm fascinated with the surrounding universe and I've decided to bring it a bit closer and ordered a SW 130p.

I've read most of the introductory posts, and some of them were rather grounding. I had very high expectations and I was mostly disappointed by the lack of color which can be seen, but conversely, this made me respect the instrument and the vastness of the universe more.

The scope is arriving somewhere in September. I could actually buy it from another store for 30 euros more, but I decided to be more patient and invest that money into an eyepiece. Lately I tend to rush things and this is a great initiative to change, as stargazing will require patience as well. During this time I will do my research about the sky and I plan to read "Turn Left at Orion". If you have other recommendations, please let me know. I like books like "The Short History if Everything", "Cosmos", etc.

Thank you all for the wonderful posts and support! See you around! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Baer.

Welcome! You have found a great place with lots of people that have years of experience and love to share their them! :)

I'm not much of a visual astronomer, but what i can never get enough of is the moon and jupiter. Both easily seen in modest equipment and very rewarding. As the moon is around a lot, its a perfect place to start. The first time i saw the craters up close it blew my mind...

Don't get your hopes too high about seeing all those colourful pictures of the universe. Those pictures are mostly hours and hours of exposures, whereby your eye does not even wait 5 milliseconds to 'take the picture'.

But there are many deep-sky objects that you can see. Very rewarding are globular clusters (hercules for example) that are fun to look at!

The best advice i got at the beginning was 'take your time - the stars are not going anywhere' :) Enjoy where it takes you.

Kind regards, Graem

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, baer, and welcome to SGL. All the advice you want here.

For starters, consider the difference between expectation and reality. When it comes to cameras and telescopes (indeed any kit), perception may lead you astray. Some is to do with marketing hype, and some to personal demand. Reality rules.

Secondly, download Stellarium (free). Fantastic resource to get you about the sky.

And keep asking questions.

Cheers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi and welcome to SGL - Glad that you found us and hope that you enjoy your time here. There's loads of people who just know great stuff, so you'll learn loads I'm sure :)

Look forward to seeing you around :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Baer, and welcome to SGL.

I highly recommend putting Sky Safari 5 on your smartphone if you like that sort of thing. You can easily check what's going to be where when, and gather a lot of good background information on thousands of objects.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Baer and welcome to the forum

Clear skies

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome. You've come to the right place.

As above, both Stellarium and Sky Safari are awesome

And, again as above, keep your expectations low. But, most of all, enjoy what you're doing.

🔭😄

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Baer and welcome to SGL, enjoy the forum :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello Baer and welcome to SGL. A good choice for your first scope enjoy. TLAO is a great book a brilliant read and a very useful tool to find your way around. You might want to also consider an App for your mobile that are very useful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.