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#1 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:54 PM

Well, here it is. My craigs list deal for $175.00. And I actually have some clear skies, so if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see what I can see. :jump:

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#2 David Pavlich

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

From this picture, it looks new. Congratulations!!

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#3 Jerry-rigged

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Sweet! Congrats!

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

That's a beauty! You must be psyched and for good reason. Great score!

#5 Jeff2011

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:21 PM

That's a good one. Even has an eyepiece holder. Mine did not come with one but I bought one. Look forward to hearing about your first light.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:33 PM

That's awesome! Tell us how it goes!

#7 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

Well, got first light tonight, I guess. When the moon first appeared for the evening, it was just a sliver, which is good for viewing because it isn't too bright? But, I had work to do, so I missed that opportunity. But, I just got in from doing some viewing tonight, and the moon is no where to be found, but there were plenty of stars out there. I picked out some that were extraordinarily bright, and actually found them, but they were just sort of twinkling dots. I thought by chance one might be a planet, but it turns out not. Anyway, I'm really new at the skies so I didn't know what I was looking at, or where, but I just started scanning the skies. I certainly saw millions of stars that I can't see with the naked eye, so I at leas got a taste of the light gathering capabilities. Looks like I got some learnin' to do, but I'm going to have fun. I'll have more patience for it all when it's not so darned cold outside.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:37 PM

Great looking scope, congratulations! And yes, we'll be looking for your first light report. :ubetcha:

#9 Astrosetz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky right now, other than the Moon. It's almost straight up :)

#10 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky right now, other than the Moon. It's almost straight up :)


*BLEEP*!! I put things away about 1/2 hour ago, and starting to leave for home. I'll take it out again tomorrow night, dress warm, and spend more time.

#11 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

Ooops! Gotta watch my verbiage around here. It wasn't THAT bad. :p

#12 Dennis_S253

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

I can't believe you haven't downloaded Stellarium or something and started learning the sky month's ago when you where looking. There were plenty of objects to look at tonight. But, I can imagine you were stoked and not thinking straight. :roflmao: :roflmao: :smash:

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:10 PM

A 6-in f/8? Nice catch.

#14 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

A 6-in f/8? Nice catch.


8-inch f/5.9

#15 Haas

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:19 PM

I can't believe you haven't downloaded Stellarium or something and started learning the sky month's ago when you where looking. There were plenty of objects to look at tonight. But, I can imagine you were stoked and not thinking straight. :roflmao: :roflmao: :smash:


He he, well, learning the sky was not very interesting to me until I could actually go out and search for what I was learning, if that makes sense?
Tonight, I knew I'd only have about 10 minutes of free time, so I just winged it, just so I could have my first look.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

When the moon first appeared for the evening, it was just a sliver, which is good for viewing because it isn't too bright? But, I had work to do, so I missed that opportunity. But, I just got in from doing some viewing tonight, and the moon is no where to be found,


Now that the moon too knows that you hve got the new telescope, it will stay up longer for you each passing day giving u an opportunity to observe more of its beauty! :p

Clear Skies!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

If you have a smart phone, I recommend getting an app such as sky safari. I found it to be easier to use than sky charts. You can size the screen to match your field of view. I bought the pro version when it was on sale for the Venus transit. It has the most stars which helps when comparing views to the telescope. Was just using it a few minutes ago to check out where PANSTARRS will be in March.

#18 Dennis_S253

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:29 AM

Ok, the moon will be higher tomorrow. Even higher that night after that. Enjoy...

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:17 AM

Congratulations, you did good...

:jump::whee::jump:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:48 AM

Congratulations! looks very nice.

Here are some sky charts. These work with a Telrad or a Red Dot finder. It may make finding some interesting objects easier.

http://www.atmob.org...aps_jsmall.html

Be sure to check out Jupiter it should look very nice in your new scope.


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#21 RogueGazer

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

I have a 8" F5.9 Dob as well but it's a Zhumell. It's a great size scope. I like using it in the winter because if there is a break in the clouds I can get it outside and back in pretty fast and its not too heavy.

Do youself a favor and get a Rigel quick finder. I would not recommend a Telrad for that scope because there isn't much room to put it unless you remove the finder scope. Getting my Rigel was the best purchase I have made for my Dob by far.

#22 newtoskies

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

Very nice grab there Haas. A cool 8" dob for peanuts, very nice indeed.

#23 panhard

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

Hass you got a great deal. Aren't you glad didn't get one of those earlier scopes you where looking at. :waytogo: :whee: :whee: :whee: :grin:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

Very, very nice! Congratulations! You will have some wonderful times under the night skies with this beauty!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

Congrats! Lots of ap for the dough. Awsome deal. Now all you need are some high quality ep's.






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