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#1 lordhaw

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

Been into this hobby for a couple of years, and lurking on Cloudy Nights for a bit but thought I should introduce myself. I find all sorts of interesting discussions on here and I'm glad to have joined!

I only have very basic equipment, a low cost 76mm Newtonian, but I have done some minor upgrades to it and have found 29 Messier objects with it so far. Hope to be able to upgrade to something much better this summer.

Anyway, a big hello to everyone on the forum!

#2 csa/montana

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:52 AM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Glad you've joined us on the forums. The very best scope is the one that is used; and finding 29 Messiers, makes yours a very good scope! :bow:

When you're ready to upgrade, the kind members will be glad to guide you to get the one that fits your needs!

#3 lamplight

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:58 AM

Welcome!!

#4 Greyhaven

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

Welcome to one of the best resources the net has to offer.
I'm sure you will enjoy your visits. By the way what part of Canada are you located in? I may be able to see your house from here.
Be Well
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#5 lordhaw

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:16 AM

Ontario, North Bay specifically.

#6 Gert K A

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

finding 29 Messiers, makes yours a very good scope! :bow:


What Carol said :cool:
And welcome to you William

#7 RCagle

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:26 AM

Welcome to the forum!

#8 lordhaw

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Looking forward to learning more from everyone. Thanks!

#9 tezster

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:27 AM

Ontario, North Bay specifically.


You don't have far to go for pristine dark skies, so you're already ahead of the game compared to most of us city folk ;)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:40 AM

Hi lordhaw and welcome to Cloudy Nights.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

Welcome!

Nothing wrong with a 76mm reflector.A 3" Tasco re-energized my interest after years of armchair astronomy.I read somewhere that Messier's own scope was a 7" but with much less reflective metal mirror and a modern 3" is equivalent.So you may eventually see all the Ms as they were first seen.

Be patient and a good deal on a 6" or 8" will appear ,and with one of those the Messiers will be easy.

#12 NeilMac

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:07 AM

Welcome!

#13 Maverick199

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

And a big welcome to you to William, welcome to CN!

#14 Silver Bear

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:42 AM

Welcome! from a newer new-comer.

#15 buddyjesus

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

i enjoyed using my 3" reflector for years til aperture fever hit and I bought a 4"!

#16 lordhaw

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:43 PM



Ontario, North Bay specifically.


You don't have far to go for pristine dark skies, so you're already ahead of the game compared to most of us city folk ;)


Well, I can get pretty good views in my backyard, can sometimes see the Milky Way from there too, even though it's in the suburbs...but it's a small city so the LP isn't too bad. Even the edges of the city are pretty darn good.

#17 Carol L

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:33 PM

Hi William, welcome to CN! :D

#18 panhard

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

William Welcome to my neighbour from the north.I get up north 4 or 5 times a year. are you actually in North Bay or outside of it? :band: :whee: :whee: :dob:

#19 Tom McDonald

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:56 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights, William!
Make yourself at home, we are all friends here. Even if we never meet. :grin:

#20 Isdaako

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:05 PM

Hello and welcomes!

#21 David Castillo

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:47 PM

Hi and welcome William. I got into astronomy with a 70mm. refactor. For me astronomy was like learning to use chopsticks without anyone around to help- that is until I joined in on the Forum. Anywho, I would say you are on a roll with the Messiers- keep it up! Make the absolute most of averted vision or giving the scope a shake to tease an elusive DSO out from hiding. Avoid porch lights and street lights and remember: We've got your back if you have a problem or question.
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#22 lordhaw

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:30 PM

William Welcome to my neighbour from the north.I get up north 4 or 5 times a year. are you actually in North Bay or outside of it? :band: :whee: :whee: :dob:

In North Bay, in the southeastern part of the city by Lake Nipissing.

#23 beatlejuice

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:59 PM

Hi, and welcome to CN. I go up to Tomiko lake every year in Aug. About 40 miles from you and beautiful dark skies.

Eric






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