Apertura AD8 First Light
Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:57 PM
My favorite thing to view with my naked eyes is Venus. I figured that would be a good first shot. I loved it. My wife, she was less than impressed. After convincing her to go the larger route, I was afraid I was in trouble.
I then decided to just take a gander at the moon. This was what I needed. Here was her "Oh wow!" moment. Afterwards, we just took some views of brighter objects. Unfortunately my charts did not arrive at the same time as my scope so it was a bit of, "Let's see what that looks like."
A lot of what he got a kick out of was just pointing into apparent blackness and counting the points of light we could see. Not much of a guided tour but a success none the less.
As it all kind of happened on the spur of the moment, I did not have time to really plan a tour. Hopefully my books will be here in a few days and I can plan some Christmas viewing with my girls. My wife is excited to share it with them. Hopefully she can keep quiet another week until Christmas.
All in all I am very happy with my purchase. Opticsmart has been wonderful to work with. There have been only minor issues and the customer service is amazing. I cannot more highly recommend them.
I've got tons to learn and am eager to introduce my girls to everything. Thanks to everyone here that helped guide my purchase.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:32 PM
You can download Stellarium software for free to your computer if you haven't already. It can be helpful in showing you objects up in the night sky. Also you might wish to consider Sky Safari Plus or Pro for a very reasonable price that you can download for iPhone or Android smart phones. Very useful when outside. Good luck and enjoy!
Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:22 PM
if you have a smartphone theres plenty of chart app for free like
Skeye and Google Sky Map
helps you navigate the night sky
Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:11 PM
Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:04 PM
My buddy and I will sometimes pick a chart and declare war, so to speak. We will try for every DSO on the page, depending on the chart and the amount of time we can spend.
Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:14 AM
Your first notes about it were promising.
I ordered the same telescope about 3 days ago and expect it any day now.
My first telescope was a Celestar-8 and I was thrilled with what you can see with that sized mirror.
I wanted sometime that would be equally nice for planets and DSOs as well.
My 13.1 Dob is just too big to deal with as often as I'd like so I'm looking forward to something much lighter.
I'll write when I get first light from it.
Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:01 AM
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