First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Z10 dob, flocked
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" --Psalm 8:3-4
Craig Meade ETX-80 (80mm F/5) refractor Skywatcher 80AR (80mm F/11.4) refractor Skywatcher 102AR (102mm F/5.9) refractor Orion XT10i dob Orion ST120 (120mm F/5) refractor Orion 120mm F/8.3 refractor Orion 127mm MAK Celestron C90 Celestron C6 Explore Scientific 80mm ED triplet Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars Celestron #44104 for exploring inner space The stable keeps growing...I think I need help!
Orion XT8 Classic, Self built EQ platform
AstroTech 72ED, AstroTech 6 Imaging Newt
Celestron Advanced VX EQ Mount
Celestron NexStar SE 4/5 Mount (for grab and go)
Canon T3i, Canon XT (Hap Griffin Baader Mod)
QHY5L-II Mono/Orion 50MM Mini
Fort Bend Astronomy Club
Orion ED80 on CG-5GTFrankenFocuser Homemade Electric FocuserFrankenDew Controller and Heating StrapsPhillips SPC900 CCD Cam
Speco Tech CDC-865DN/24 CCD Video Cam w/mech IR cut filter
Nikon D3200 24mp DSLR (no mods)
Various doo-dads I still need to figger out
Beginner-level, interested in astrophotography
Eager to learn!
Orion XT12g 12" f/4.92 GoTo Dob Orion 9x50 RACI - Green Laser Pointer Orion 4.5" f/4 EP: ES82 30mm, ES68 24mm EP: Hyperion 21, 17, 13, 10, 8, 5mm Various filters, including Skyglow, UHC, O-III Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow Celestron 12x80 binoculars & mount
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote: The Pocket Sky Atlas isn't really appropriate for learning the constellations; you need something that shows much bigger chunks of the sky in less detail, such as a planisphere.
Celestron AVX mount Old Meade 8" LX6 F6.3 Meade 80mm 6000 APO
Quote:I see no one has mentioned one of my all time favorite field books Objects in the Heavens subtitled "The Complete Mag-10 Northern Deep-Sky Viewing List and Fieldbook".
Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Quote:... Any recommendations as to free sky charts that are updated monthly?Also, is my PSA pretty much useless at this point?
Quote:Quote:... Any recommendations as to free sky charts that are updated monthly?Also, is my PSA pretty much useless at this point? Check out this website for a free, overall monthly skychart -- www.skymaps.com.Your PSA will NOT be useless. Use the overall monthly skychart to see what constellations and bright objects are visible, then find that bright object (or constellation) in the PSA (use either the General Index at the back or the Chart Key on the inside back cover). The PSA will give you a more detailed map of what the stars in the area will look like through either binoculars or a small telescope.There is no need to learn the details of RA and Dec right now -- it is more important to learn how to find a constellation that is visible from your area and date/time, then "go a little deeper" to locate something to look at.
Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
XT10g w/cooling fan/Telrad Baader Hyperion MKIII Zoom ES 82°24MM Orion Edge-on 6MM/Televue 2X Barlow Orion Ultrablock/OPT Moon/Baader M&SG Filters Favorite Books: Star Watch/Celestial Sampler/Turn Left at Orion/ Software: SkySafari Plus Iphone 4s Temecula Valley Astronomers @ Facebook & Website
Quote: I used a washer & penciled in Telrad rings on objects that I wanted to see.