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#1 AstroBaby

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:20 PM

Hello All! My name is Donna & I reside in the lovely laid back city of Fairhope Alabama. The city slogan is "A nice little drinking town with a fishing problem!". LOL Anyway I am the epitome of novice or newbie when it comes to astronomy but I'm working on it. Although we have always loved documentaries about astronomy or space or science in general I was surprised when my husband traded one of his kayaks for an 8" Skywatcher for me last year. Then a few weeks ago he started talking about a bigger scope and today on Valentines Day we received my 12" Lightbridge!! (He stressed all day because FedEx was late!)
Everything was great until we got it outside and tried to view with the 2" eyepiece it came with. Couldn't get it to focus at all. The 1.25's we had worked ok so I did get some great viewing in but I was disappointed that the 2" with its better fov wasn't focusing. Googling the problem offered the solution of loosening the tightening knob on the focuser because it tends to get in the way so we will try that tomorrow. And I do have a better 2" eyepiece on the way so am anticipating more wonders! Any and all advise is appreciated and desired! I'm just happy to be a part of the astronomy community! :D

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights, Donna! Those are some big hunks of glass for a beginner! Tell us more about your eyepieces, and we'll be only too happy to make suggestions to upgrade or add to them.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

No advice- just a sincere "Welcome!".

Your husband sounds like a keeper. (Mandatory fishing reference...)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

Hey Donna welcome. One of my favorite bands is from your state and playing here in march. Very excited, third row. Seats.. Um lightbridge 16" yikes?! I don't have one but .. Welcome!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:40 PM

Well thanks for the swift welcome guys! The eyepiece that came with the 12" scope was a Meade 26mm QX wide angle. The 1.25's that came with the 8" are a 10mm & a 25 but they are only 50 degree fov. I have a 100 degree 20mm on the way.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

and what band lamplight?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

oh and kfiscus yes fishing is mandatory here lol

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:45 PM

oh and no lamplight its a 12" not a 16"!! I wish!!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:45 PM

Hi Donna,

Welcome to Cloudy Nights. This is a great place with lots of very helpful and knowledgable people.

Enjoy that new 12" Lightbridge. :)

Best, Linda B.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:48 PM

Much thanks! The more I learn the more amazing it is!!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:51 PM

Which band is that? And where are you?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:12 AM

I have a 100 degree 20mm on the way.


Hi,

Thats the best choice in the 2" eyepiece class u hve made for a f/5 telescope. An accessory you would like to consider for the eyepiece would be the 2X apochromatic ED Barlow which can also be used as a 1.5x.

Clear Skies!

#13 AstroBaby

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:14 AM

Well the more I learn the more I see that I don't know. The terminology? Ummm what? I know that Orion is my favorite constellations but it's so easy to spot right? So the nebula are easy as well. And Jupiter has been so available since I got my 8". It's so bright it's almost like the moon! Capella is my favorite star because of its colors and it's the name of a favorite kayak of ours :) I don't have a good viewing place yet though. Too much light pollution here at home.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:15 AM

Thanks I was wondering about the barlows

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:41 AM

Hi and welcome to CN Donna. Wow an 8 and 12", very cool.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:35 AM

Hi Donna Welcome to CN
No advice from here ether (except maybe a +1 on the Barlow, anyone should have a decent one)

You got some nice gear there and I’m sure you will have a lot of fun with that
and you already got the best accessory of all, your husband, the fact that you
got someone to enjoy the night sky with makes it that much better.

:wavey:

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:52 AM

Hi Donna, another newbe here. Welcome to CN. I had my first night with a telescope last night!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

Don't forget collimation equipment. That scope will require frequent and accurate collimation....and once it is...it's gonna give some fantastic views. Congrats!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

Welcome to the CN forums, Donna. There's so much to learn and the people here are fantastic!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

Don't forget collimation equipment. That scope will require frequent and accurate collimation....and once it is...it's gonna give some fantastic views. Congrats!


Welcome to Cloudy Nights

I think that will be your most important lesson as is mentioned above. With any newtonian collimation is more important than any eyepiece.

I would start with this article from Gary Seronick. He does a good job or getting a beginner started and I think this will help.

http://www.garyseronik.com/?q=node/169

Here is also a more in depth discussion by some of the collimation experts here. This may help if you get into trouble.

http://www.cloudynig...rd=reflector...

Do you have a collimation cap, cheshire, or a laser?

Don't get to frustrated or over think collimation. But once you master it, you will only spend a minute or two and have perfect views.

Ken

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

Donna,
Some other advice would be to make sure your scope is properly cooled.

Also here is a link to a bunch of information Dave Mitsky has put together. It may be a bit overwhelming at first but he has included so much you will find many answers in this post.

http://www.cloudynig...5631845/page...

Ken

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

I also highly recommend Vic's new book available from Catseye for $16. A better book on collimation isn't out there...this is a very understandable and easy to read booklet. It'll be the cheapest and most important non-eyepiece piece of astro equipment you can buy.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Hello and welcome to CN. I'm still wondering why you can't get the 2" to focus? What were you trying to view? What is happening with the focuser? Does it not go in far enough or out far enough?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

and what band lamplight?

Drive by Truckers, I'm a huge fan.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

Oddly enough, there is a good primer on collimation at:

http://www.astro-baby.com/

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