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#26 GeneT

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

-- Getting a bigger telescope does not make one a better observer.


Getting a bigger telescope increases the hassle factor in proportion to the increase, which often decreases the amount of time the larger telescope is used.

#27 GeneT

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:27 PM

You really only need 3 eyepieces.


Need? I am a minimalist user of eyepieces. I found I need a 21, 13, 10, 8, and 6 mm eyepiece for a 12.5 inch, F5 Dob.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

I learned these long ago because I'm old... :)

- prioritize because there are more objects to see than time left to see them

- share the view in your eyepiece with someone

- seeing the face of a child who has just viewed some object for the first time is priceless

- keep your equipment simple, functional, fit for purpose

- never give up trying to locate that object on your to do list

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#29 Kevdog

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:36 PM

Trying to save money rather than getting what you know you want is ultimately unsatisfying and wasteful.


+1 on this.

When I started I was looking at a 12-14" scope and was "talked into" an 8" SCT by my local telescope shop. I think in the end he misread me as a "typical family scope" guy who would mainly look at the planets (my 6 year old son and wife were with me at the time).

So I bought the 8" SCT and then sold it 3 months later to buy a C11 and later got an 18" Obsession.

I have 4 eyepieces, ES82 30mm, 18mm, 11mm, 6.7mm and I don't want/need any more :D

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:09 PM

Joining an astronomy club gains you knowledge, friends, teachers and mentors all at the same time.

#31 herrointment

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

Don't run from the cops....

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

Don't run from the cops....


Don't run towards them. Either...

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:47 PM

Keep a log! You don't have to make it "sciencey" and serious. Write down the pleasant small things you remember too... animals that visited, a storm on the horizon, how cold your hands got, how happy you were to find something. Years later, you'll look back...
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:56 PM

Regarding logs......I kept a fishing diary for years. One day while I was attempting to re-read parts of one I decided to chuck them all into the woodstove and have not kept a log since.

I have my memories and I hope like the dickens I can keep them. Just not on paper....not for me.

I can say this....writing those things down strengthened the memory. That's a big plus.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:17 PM

Good nebula filters are worth every penny. I stargazed for years thinking filters were all flim-flam. Man, was I wrong!!!

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:19 AM

As I get older, gravity gets stronger. Things weigh more. :lol:

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:55 AM

I have learned:

- Dual speed crayford focusers are worth the price even if the scope only cost you $40 used.

- Whatever an expensive eyepiece can't see... an inexpensive camera can.

obin :)

#38 mich_al

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:51 AM

Don't run from the cops....


Don't run towards them. Either...


Best avoided in nearly all situations. When you're a hammer everyone looks like a nail.

#39 Tony Flanders

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

As I get older, gravity gets stronger. Things weigh more. :lol:


Ah, that explains it ... I've always wondered.

And I suppose the fact that my old pants don't fit is due to the expansion of the universe?

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:54 PM

When I was a kid, the 3 stars in Orion's belt were in a perfectly straight line. Now they sag in the middle, just like my belt.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:38 PM

The Moon is a fascinating target and changes every night and can be viewed everywhere.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:26 PM

Okay here's my pearl...

Observing is a skill and pursuit independent of aperture or design.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:44 PM

As I get older, gravity gets stronger. Things weigh more. :lol:

Yup. Bigger is not always better.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:21 PM

The Moon is a fascinating target and changes every night and can be viewed everywhere.

The Sun is a fascinating target and changes every day and can be viewed everywhere.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:52 AM

The Moon is a fascinating target and changes every night and can be viewed everywhere.

The Sun is a fascinating target and changes every day and can be viewed everywhere.


YES, I've just discovered that recently, during transit of Venus, but sadly because of finances just in white light.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:13 AM

When I was a kid, the 3 stars in Orion's belt were in a perfectly straight line. Now they sag in the middle, just like my belt.


Comedic gold right there!

- Never pass up a good deal. I learnt that that very recently that my current setup if I were to buy it now would cost me 11k more.

- Setup time increases the more time you have. I have had 6 hours to observe but things never go right and I am left with 2. Less time to observe, the faster things set up.

- New gear may bring the clouds, but multiple scopes out at once seem to drive them away. Speaking from experience!

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

Learned from my father who died one week before retirement; spend your money on what makes you happy while you're alive on things that you and your family enjoy. It's much more rewarding than your family wishing you were there to enjoy it with them.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:19 AM

Coffee is much better with Irish Cream in it.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:40 AM

Living in a light polluted area isn't so bad, because it makes those trips to the dark sites that much better...

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:05 AM

Observing trumps sleep, sometimes.






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