Helpful Advice for Novice Amateur Astronomers & How to Locate Some of the Major Messier Galaxies
Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:28 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:28 PM
I'll make use of it often.
PS: Star Ware is currently unavailable at Amazon for the Kindle. Seems they are pulling it until they investigate certain issues that were brought to their attention.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:53 AM
I am new to Cloudy Nights and wanted to thank you for all the links they were very helpful and loaded with alot of info. I been using a 4" astroscan from Edmund scientifics for the past year and now its time to upgrade, so this week I am purchasing a Celestron Omni 102xlt and at the same time I am also upgrading to the Zhumell Z10, I am very excited and can't wait, I have been saving all year for those 2 scopes....Again thank you for the links and thank you Cloudy Nights for being readily available.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:23 PM
I received a new book for Christmas; I like it because it's pocket-sized yet really, really detailed:
The Observer’s Sky Atlas by Erich Karkoschka.
Wondering if any of you have tried it out?
I don't happen to own it but I have seen a copy of The Observer's Sky Atlas at NEAF, I believe. It has quite a good reputation.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:41 PM
Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:41 AM
I want to thank you for you book tips. I bought Star Hopping for Backyard Astronomers used on Amazon. I would have never came across that book had it not been for your post and suggestion.
It really is a great book with loads of information. I've been able to learn quite a bit from 3 days of reading.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:38 PM
I just joined recently. I have already shared this in my other beginner area. You need to pay a visit to MESSIER 45 This is a GREAT site, as far as a newbie like me, because it has hotlinks to each object. It has listings of Messier , NGC, IC, Herschel, and separate areas with Most Popular, Popular Galaxies, The 88 Constellations, Open Clusters, and Planetary Nebulae. The link for the site is http://messier45.com/
This looks like a great website but nothing on the page seems to work. Anyone else having problems with it?
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:56 PM
Clear skies to all,
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:37 AM
The former is more likely to induce you to upgrade to a better telescope. The latter is more likely to induce you to give up the sport.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:53 PM
Thanks Dave! I still have yet to get M101...
I have seen M101 with 80mm from a dark sky site in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but I cannot find it with 250mm from my condo (mag 4.5 skies). Low-surface-brightness galaxies are one class of object where aperture is not a substitute for dark skies.
M104, on the other hand, is visible with 80mm from my home. As noted, it's smaller and has higher surface brightness.