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#1 RCagle

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:03 PM

Hello everyone, I'm Randle Cagle from Alabama here. Been observing for almost a year and just wanted to introduce myself. Haven't had much luck with clear skies this year but hoping for some this weekend.

#2 Ebyl

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

Welcome to the asylum! ;)

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:24 PM

Hello Randle you are more than welcome here. Pull up a chair and get comfortable. :grouphug: :band: :band: :band: :whee: :dob:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:33 PM

Welcome to the asylum! ;)


Hahaha, I should fit right in!
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:36 PM

Hello Randle you are more than welcome here. Pull up a chair and get comfortable. :grouphug: :band: :band: :band: :whee: :dob:


Thanks for the warm welcome.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:02 PM

Welcome to the asylum! ;)


Hahaha, I should fit right in!
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:whee: :choochoo: :locked: :troll: :banjodance: :usa: :band: :rules: :yay: :smashpc: :jawdrop: :graduate: :blah: :jedi: :goodjob: :pulpdnc: :sumo: :fishing:

(welcome :D )

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:21 PM

Hi Randle and welcome to Cloudy Nights. Quote from your profile "My scope is nothing fancy, just a manual 10" dobsonian." All of my telescopes have been manual.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:39 PM

To me that's part of the fun, finding everything on your own. Actually finding it myself is just as rewarding as observing it. Plus I think its a better way to learn the night sky, which was also very fun and rewarding.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:42 PM

Welcome brother! Hope you enjoy yourself here. :wavey:

To me that's part of the fun, finding everything on your own. Actually finding it myself is just as rewarding as observing it. Plus I think its a better way to learn the night sky, which was also very fun and rewarding.


I agree. My first scope purchase was a manual refractor. To me, learning the sky and finding my way around is half the fun. There's nothing like searching for a new object and finally seeing it, much more rewarding than a computer beep imo.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:43 PM

welcome aboard Randle. feel free to share experiences and wisdom. Even ask questions!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:02 PM

Welcome Randle!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:07 AM

Welcome to CN and wish you clear skies this week end.

#13 RCagle

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for the nice welcome y'all. Just too bad I'm stuck at work during the week. 3rd shift wreaks havoc on my night time hobby lol. Any one else have this problem?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:55 AM

I have been through those moments when the nights were clear and I am busy at work. That's a good feeling though and work / family should come first.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:58 AM

Welcome Randle, third shift is tough but those few clear nights are really worth waiting for. It looks like you have some nice gear there :cool:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

I have been through those moments when the nights were clear and I am busy at work. That's a good feeling though and work / family should come first.


Indeed

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:40 AM

Welcome Randle, third shift is tough but those few clear nights are really worth waiting for. It looks like you have some nice gear there :cool:


Thanks, yeah the ES 100's are just simply outstanding. they work really well in my Dob. The Zhumell barlow is better than I expected and the Zhumell filters are average at best.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:46 AM

Welcome!! Might try a ES 100° someday. I like stick too!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

Welcome to cloudynights! :jump:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:19 AM

Thanks for the nice welcome y'all. Just too bad I'm stuck at work during the week. 3rd shift wreaks havoc on my night time hobby lol. Any one else have this problem?

Welcome,indeed.
Second shift means missing all the evening events like PANSTARRS and Mercury and Venus. Although I sometimes take a small scope for a quick look during a work break.And compact binoculars are always at hand.This only helps if you have access to outside.

Last night a brief walk in the well-lit parking light was still able to take a quick look at Orion, and Cetus.The parking lot lights are full-cutoff,anyway, don't shine up.

The blank grayish sky became darker with a few stars upon just blocking the direct light with my hand and compact binos revealed dozens of stars.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

And welcome in return, Randle!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for the nice welcome y'all. Just too bad I'm stuck at work during the week. 3rd shift wreaks havoc on my night time hobby lol. Any one else have this problem?

Welcome,indeed.
Second shift means missing all the evening events like PANSTARRS and Mercury and Venus. Although I sometimes take a small scope for a
quick look during a work break.And compact binoculars are always at hand.This only helps if you have access to outside.
Last night a brief walk in the well-lit parking light was still able to take a quick look at Orion, and Cetus.The parking lot lights are full-cutoff,anyway, don't shine up.

The blank grayish sky became darker with a few stars upon just blocking the direct light with my hand and compact binos revealed dozens of stars.


Maybe I should invest in some binoculars for quick views. I've never really put much thought into acquiring a set. They just don't seem like you would be able to really see anything. They just seem to small but I do notice that a lot of astronomers with a few years under their belt tend to have a set. I've never looked through some specifically for astronomy. I should probably ask this in a different section but what are the views like through a set that your standard (yet popular)astronomy binoculars?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:03 PM

Welcome to CN's Randle! Nice to have you here! :cool:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:13 PM

Hi Randle, welcome to CN! :D

Regarding binoculars, go for it. ;) I used 7x35s to learn the sky, and saw Neptune and Uranus through them - they were great for asteroid tracking and satellite watching, too. My 11x70s are much better though - a wide 4.5° fov, and a nice bright view due to the 6.36 exit pupil. The exit pupil is the aperture in mm, divided by the magnification - the larger the exit pupil, the brighter the view. From my rural sky, I can easily see Messiers and quite a few NGCs. More times than I can remember, the binos have kept me from 'going round the bend' when life got in the way and observing time was nearly non-existent. Heck, if you took a pair to work I bet you'd be able to pop outside during break and lunch for a peek at the sky. Even with light pollution, you'll be able to see a few stars - Luna, too. :)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:50 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights Randle, there's a fair number of folks here from Alabama, myself included. I know what you mean about the cloudy skies this year, clear skies are hard to come by in Mobile all year long. I'm hoping for clear skies after next weekend, so I can drive to a darker site for galaxy hunting. Clear skies to you.

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