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#1 JayinUT

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

Okay, a day early if your a Christmas Day opener but some are Christmas Eve Openers. So the question is what did you get this year to help you in the hobby? This can be from equipment, to eyepieces, to Atlases, to software, to lots of things? I thought the General Observing and Astronomy would be the best place for this.

What did I get? Well I got a ES AR102 f/6.5 refractor; a 2 inch OIII filter and some clothing for winter observing (new gloves, new hat and a few other items of clothing). The wife came out better than me with a trip for both of us to northern California coast next June after tax season.

#2 Doc Willie

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

I got a video from Pony Horton of Star Trek Phase II.

I share my present with you.

#3 Staredge

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:48 PM

Clouds.

#4 bherv

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:06 AM

I picked up an ES 9 100 degree eyepiece. My wife couldn't argue with me about it because I sent her and the kids to Disney in Florida for Christmas.
Barry

#5 Feidb

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:31 AM

The Complete Guide To The Herschel Objects by Mark Bratton.

Love it! Outstanding book. Already read the whole text up to the individual observations.

It will be a big help as I go for the rest of the Herschel 2500. I've nailed 1119 of them so far.

Expect a more formal review in the near future.

#6 wky46

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:43 AM

I bought a TV 41mm Panoptic, a TV 32mm Plossl and a AT 2" dielectric diagonal a couple weeks ago as a Christmas present to myself, does that count? :)

#7 Dave74

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:03 AM

Clouds.


Good one. They must have been on sale...

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:30 AM

Clouds.


Good one. They must have been on sale...

Buy one get ten at Weathermart.

#9 Mike E.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:33 AM

Purchased an Atik filter wheel, very nicely machined. :)

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#10 FirstSight

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

Nothing astronomically related this Christmas.
However, last Christmas (2011) I got the Sue French "Deep Sky Wonders" book as a gift. Other than books (that I suggest when someone asks me "what do you want for Christmas), the people within my gift-exchanging set aren't knowledgeable or well-situated to select appropriately useful astro gear.

#11 CelestronDaddy

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

Pocket Sky Atlas! Merry Christmas to all....

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:42 AM

My kids bought me a 25mm ES eyepiece!

Merry Christmas,Tom

#13 johntrob

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

Clouds, rain, who could ask for anything mooooorrrrre.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

my sister in law got me The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets by Ruben Kier and a 2013 calendar by terence dickinson. my sister gave me a check for the last payout from my mother's estate so i'm thinking of getting myself an 8" Edge hd from celestron. very confused about what camera to get. bought an orion g3 and a celestron neximage and sent them both back.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:28 PM

I got cold weather high dexterity gloves, a workwear gift certificate, a twelve foot fiberglass tripod ladder and a "telescopic" :grin: backscratcher.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

My first observing stool! No more sore backs! Thanks Santa!

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

My wife couldn't argue with me about it because I sent her and the kids to Disney in Florida for Christmas.
Barry


Sounds like maybe that was your Christmas present also?

#18 Pauls72

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

I got some chunks of a carbon star from Santa. :jump:

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Plus I got a 2" Meade 4000 56mm eyepiece, a 2" .5x focal reducer, a dew strap for my MAK and some eyepiece bolt cases.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

My wife couldn't argue with me about it because I sent her and the kids to Disney in Florida for Christmas.
Barry


Sounds like maybe that was your Christmas present also?

Yes, a few days of peace and quiet.
Barry

#20 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

Astro-Santa brought me everything I wanted, everything I needed...

Nothing... :ubetcha:

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

All three volumes of Burnham's. And they don't have an index!
(Well actually they've got 3 or 4, brief ones.)

#22 MikeMcCaskey

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

Turn Left at Orion, loving it!!

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

I got a spiral-bound Turn Left at Orion, S&T Pocket Sky Atlas, an ES 20mm 68* eyepiece, the astronomy calender put out by RASC, and bought myself a DGM 1.25" NPB filter. Also got a Pro-Tech TR3 automatic knife to bring in the field with me, however it's hardly astronomy related ;)

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

My very first Telrad...now for the hours to be spent finding the perfect spot for it.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

I used zip ties for mounting the telrad. This way you can move it if need be. It's held on my fob for over a year.


To answer the Christmas question I received the Messier object by Stephen Omeara. Looks like a nice book.






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