I SAW SATURN, I SAW SATURN
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BUT..I gotta tell you I first saw Saturn as a Cub (not boy) Scout in the early 1950's and like you I sure got an adrenalin rush ...BUT even today I get that same kind of feeling every single time I see Saturn... and I am dead serious.. Viewing Saturn still seems to knock my socks off...
What can I say...
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"Nice, innit" ! (Saturn that is) !
Welcome, 2Lane, to CN and in particular to this fourum ! :bow: It's great to have you with us ! May you have clear skies and many happy hours with your new 'scope !
Best regards and a very happy Xmas,
Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:33 PM
I SAW SATURN certainly has a familiar RING to it
Enjoy your new scope.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:27 PM
Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:39 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience and especially your enthusiasm with us.
While Saturn is one of the more spectacular sights, always worth a "Wow" (as Bob G. says), you will find many more. The sky is big enough that we never run out of worthy objects to look at -- some targets are exciting sights in themselves, others are exciting just to find and ponder their distance (faint galaxies) or makeup (globilar clusters, for example). May your enthusiasm never dampen!
You will find lots of help here -- although so far you seem not to need it!
Just ask if you have questions. Soon, you will be providing help to newbies yourself.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:53 AM
You never forget your first time
Nor your first sight of Saturn.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:01 PM
The first thing I ever saw in my first scope was Saturn...I thought it was just a bright star ,an easy target to start with. I focused and there it was with the rings...I literally let out a big YAAHOOO !! I will never forget that moment and I love it when it happens someone else. Brace yourself because there is much more to see...
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:30 PM
Thanks so much for sharing 2lane
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:18 PM
As Raginar says, you should also check out Jupiter! Now is a great time to view it; it's high in the sky by early evening. You can't miss it; it's the brightest "star" in the sky, rising in the east at dusk. It's also a convenient "landmark" for viewing some other great objects.
Next, about 5 degrees to the southeast of Jupiter (5 degrees = the width of your clenched fist at arm's length), you can easily eyeball Aldebaran, the angry orange eye of Taurus the Bull. Put Aldebaran in your EP (at your lowest magnification), and you're looking at the V-shaped Hyades cluster.
Ready for more? About 10 degrees above (to the west of) Jupiter, you can see a cluster of pretty bluish stars. This is the Pleiades cluster.
As the evening goes on, Jupiter rises high in the sky, to the southeast you can see Orion, easy to make out by the 3 in-line stars that form his belt. To the north of the belt is big red Betelgeuse, and to the south is bright bluish Rigel. The easternmost star in Orion's Belt is Alnitak; about 1/3 of the way between Alnitak and Rigel, you should be able to see some small stars and a diffuse glow. This is M42, the Great Orion Nebula.
And if you can, get a look at M31 Andromeda Galaxy. It was just west of zenith when I viewed it last night. I live on the eastern edge of town, so my skies are decent to the east, poor to the west. By next month, M31 will be getting too far west for me, so the wife and I got a good long look last night!
There's no question Saturn is a celestial showpiece, and it will get closer to Earth (and a little bit bigger in your EP) as we near the April opposition.
Jupiter, Hyades, Pleiades and Orion Nebula are a few more perennial favorites, and they are in prime viewing position these days, especially if you have a good eastern/ southeastern view.
I just realized that you have a 6SE (that's what you meant, isn't it?). It should be great on Jupiter and M42. You won't be able to get the entire Pleiades (much less Hyades) in the field of view, but I would still encourage taking a look while they're so well-positioned. Even viewed piecemeal, they are doggone purty.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:26 PM
I realized that seeing pictures and seeing it in realtime there is no comparison!
This a thousandfold.
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