Just Wanted to Say Hello
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:23 AM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:04 AM
I have zero experience with the type of telescope you're looking to buy ( i know a bit about newts and i'm learning about a refractor i have ) but it seems like a nice one so best of luck to you with one of those.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:20 AM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:11 PM
Of course, you might be some young kid and the weight doesn't really mean anything to you like it does to us crusty old observers!
Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:35 PM
You are fortunate to be in central Texas. The skies are really dark out there. While driving on highway 290 toward Austin to catch a plane I say the Orion Nebula with my naked eye while driving.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:14 AM
Thank you all for the warm welcome!
I will be checking out the Cen TX Astronomical Society soon bkruschwitz, thanks!
Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:00 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:01 AM
I got the Meade 8" LX200R (Made in 2006 I believe) and a whole slew of extras to go with it! The scope looks brand new and seems to work great.
I am currently working on loading the Autostar program onto my Dell laptop and just ordered the USB to Serial adapter from Parallax Inc. This scope seems to have huge learning curve to it, but I can see once I figure it out then I could probably go to any of the LX models and run them. Once I get the scope connected to my laptop I hope the Autostar program will make more sense.
First night out, a couple of weeks ago, I observed Jupiter and the Orion nebula. I have not been up early enough to catch Saturn through my 8" yet. I also want to find galaxies, but I am not having much luck there either. I have skimmed the manual but I need to go back and learn to use the Auto align function soon, because I've yet to get it aligned properly where it'll slew right to Jupiter or any other object at that.
After moving this scope in and out of the house I am happy I got the 8".
Some of the equipment I recieved with the scope was the Meade 4000 eyepiece set and filters. A 6.3 focal reducer, Meade 5000 26mm eyepiece, and DSI pro 2 monochrome ccd camera with Autostar suite program. Now I just have to learn how to use it all!