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Hailing from Uruguay

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After some search for a good astronomy forum, I choose to join stargazers' lounge on the general quality and quantity of topics and member activity.

A brief introduction. I am an Electrical Engineer, 57, with interests in music, aviation and lately astronomy. A long time subsriber of Scientific American (until it regretably fell way down in quality), I was at times also subsribed to Astronomy magazine and Sky & Telescope.

I have had up to now no contact with hands on observation, but my son came some weeks ago with an unexpected present, a Celestron PowerSeeker 127 newtonian.

So here I am under southern skies finding my way (after some pretty obvious hacks I had to implement to make the scope usable, I will start a thread exchanging information as well as requesting expert opinion about future modifications I have in mind).

That is it, hope to enjoy your company as much as I will try to add contributions within my scope of possibilities.

Rodolfo

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Welcome to the forum Rodolfo. Will be very interested to hear about observing in Uraguay

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Hi Rodolfo, welcome to SGL.

Which part of Uruguay are you in? Montevideo / coastal or inland somewhere?

I bet you can get wonderful dark skies.

Rick.

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Thanks all for the nice wellcome, this adds content to the proverbial british good manners!!

Yes, southern skys have some unfair advantages like the nearest galaxies (Megellanic clouds), bigest star and emission nebula (Eta Carinae), great globular clusters (Omega Centauri, 47 Tucana) and scores more. On the other hand you have some treats like the largest naked eye *real* galaxy (M31) and scores of other goodies.

The intermediate latitude (34 S) allows for good positioning of solar system objects, right now Jupiter is a blazing beacon tucked in Sagitarius, and have generally good access to most interesting targets depending on season.

I am located in suburb Montevideo, the orange tiled roof at 34o 48' 14" S, 56o 14' 05" W in GooglEarth or maps.google.com. I have rather severe light pollution (who doesn't!!) and a somewhat tree obstructed sky, but at minutes drive of better observing places when time allows.

Hope to share images as soon as I can make some decent shots.

By the way, I am impressed with the heavy iron owned by several members !!, I spotted in a quick scann LX200, Radian eyepieces, Equinox mounts etc.

Rodolfo

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Hello Rodolfo and a warm welcome to SGL. :hello2: I'm green with envy :clouds1: at all those wonderful things for you to see in the southern skies.

phillc :wave:

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Hello and welcome to SGL.

You have joined what I consider the best forum so hope you enjoy your stay.

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Southern skies eh ? And I bet they are clear too - welcome to SGL from me :wave:

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Well, right now it is winter here, and the wheather is soggy, drizzling. But on average yes, we have clear skies, only light pollution is a major hindrance to homebound observing.

Rodolfo

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