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AstroBaby
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Greetings from an extreme beginner
      #5680404 - 02/14/13 11:20 PM

Hello All! My name is Donna & I reside in the lovely laid back city of Fairhope Alabama. The city slogan is "A nice little drinking town with a fishing problem!". LOL Anyway I am the epitome of novice or newbie when it comes to astronomy but I'm working on it. Although we have always loved documentaries about astronomy or space or science in general I was surprised when my husband traded one of his kayaks for an 8" Skywatcher for me last year. Then a few weeks ago he started talking about a bigger scope and today on Valentines Day we received my 12" Lightbridge!! (He stressed all day because FedEx was late!)
Everything was great until we got it outside and tried to view with the 2" eyepiece it came with. Couldn't get it to focus at all. The 1.25's we had worked ok so I did get some great viewing in but I was disappointed that the 2" with its better fov wasn't focusing. Googling the problem offered the solution of loosening the tightening knob on the focuser because it tends to get in the way so we will try that tomorrow. And I do have a better 2" eyepiece on the way so am anticipating more wonders! Any and all advise is appreciated and desired! I'm just happy to be a part of the astronomy community!


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680416 - 02/14/13 11:27 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights, Donna! Those are some big hunks of glass for a beginner! Tell us more about your eyepieces, and we'll be only too happy to make suggestions to upgrade or add to them.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680417 - 02/14/13 11:29 PM

No advice- just a sincere "Welcome!".

Your husband sounds like a keeper. (Mandatory fishing reference...)


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5680429 - 02/14/13 11:34 PM

Hey Donna welcome. One of my favorite bands is from your state and playing here in march. Very excited, third row. Seats.. Um lightbridge 16" yikes?! I don't have one but .. Welcome!

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5680435 - 02/14/13 11:40 PM

Well thanks for the swift welcome guys! The eyepiece that came with the 12" scope was a Meade 26mm QX wide angle. The 1.25's that came with the 8" are a 10mm & a 25 but they are only 50 degree fov. I have a 100 degree 20mm on the way.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680436 - 02/14/13 11:42 PM

and what band lamplight?

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680438 - 02/14/13 11:43 PM

oh and kfiscus yes fishing is mandatory here lol

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680442 - 02/14/13 11:45 PM

oh and no lamplight its a 12" not a 16"!! I wish!!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680443 - 02/14/13 11:45 PM

Hi Donna,

Welcome to Cloudy Nights. This is a great place with lots of very helpful and knowledgable people.

Enjoy that new 12" Lightbridge.

Best, Linda B.


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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Agatha]
      #5680446 - 02/14/13 11:48 PM

Much thanks! The more I learn the more amazing it is!!

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: lamplight]
      #5680450 - 02/14/13 11:51 PM

Which band is that? And where are you?

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680467 - 02/15/13 12:12 AM

Quote:

I have a 100 degree 20mm on the way.




Hi,

Thats the best choice in the 2" eyepiece class u hve made for a f/5 telescope. An accessory you would like to consider for the eyepiece would be the 2X apochromatic ED Barlow which can also be used as a 1.5x.

Clear Skies!


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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680471 - 02/15/13 12:14 AM

Well the more I learn the more I see that I don't know. The terminology? Ummm what? I know that Orion is my favorite constellations but it's so easy to spot right? So the nebula are easy as well. And Jupiter has been so available since I got my 8". It's so bright it's almost like the moon! Capella is my favorite star because of its colors and it's the name of a favorite kayak of ours I don't have a good viewing place yet though. Too much light pollution here at home.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #5680473 - 02/15/13 12:15 AM

Thanks I was wondering about the barlows

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680497 - 02/15/13 12:41 AM

Hi and welcome to CN Donna. Wow an 8 and 12", very cool.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5680782 - 02/15/13 07:35 AM

Hi Donna Welcome to CN
No advice from here ether (except maybe a +1 on the Barlow, anyone should have a decent one)

You got some nice gear there and Im sure you will have a lot of fun with that
and you already got the best accessory of all, your husband, the fact that you
got someone to enjoy the night sky with makes it that much better.



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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Gert K A]
      #5680878 - 02/15/13 08:52 AM

Hi Donna, another newbe here. Welcome to CN. I had my first night with a telescope last night!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: woolbrig]
      #5680894 - 02/15/13 08:59 AM

Don't forget collimation equipment. That scope will require frequent and accurate collimation....and once it is...it's gonna give some fantastic views. Congrats!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5681305 - 02/15/13 12:10 PM

Welcome to the CN forums, Donna. There's so much to learn and the people here are fantastic!

Bill


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5681375 - 02/15/13 12:40 PM

Quote:

Don't forget collimation equipment. That scope will require frequent and accurate collimation....and once it is...it's gonna give some fantastic views. Congrats!




Welcome to Cloudy Nights

I think that will be your most important lesson as is mentioned above. With any newtonian collimation is more important than any eyepiece.

I would start with this article from Gary Seronick. He does a good job or getting a beginner started and I think this will help.

http://www.garyseronik.com/?q=node/169

Here is also a more in depth discussion by some of the collimation experts here. This may help if you get into trouble.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=reflector...

Do you have a collimation cap, cheshire, or a laser?

Don't get to frustrated or over think collimation. But once you master it, you will only spend a minute or two and have perfect views.

Ken


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5681383 - 02/15/13 12:44 PM

Donna,
Some other advice would be to make sure your scope is properly cooled.

Also here is a link to a bunch of information Dave Mitsky has put together. It may be a bit overwhelming at first but he has included so much you will find many answers in this post.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5631845/page...

Ken


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5681411 - 02/15/13 12:53 PM

I also highly recommend Vic's new book available from Catseye for $16. A better book on collimation isn't out there...this is a very understandable and easy to read booklet. It'll be the cheapest and most important non-eyepiece piece of astro equipment you can buy.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5681414 - 02/15/13 12:54 PM

Hello and welcome to CN. I'm still wondering why you can't get the 2" to focus? What were you trying to view? What is happening with the focuser? Does it not go in far enough or out far enough?

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5681614 - 02/15/13 02:12 PM

Quote:

and what band lamplight?



Drive by Truckers, I'm a huge fan.


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5681616 - 02/15/13 02:12 PM

Oddly enough, there is a good primer on collimation at:

http://www.astro-baby.com/

Welcome!


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5681625 - 02/15/13 02:15 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights Donna! It sounds like the trouble with the 2-inch eyepiece stems from the focuser not being able to rack in or out far enough to focus it. That is a problem that sometimes affects a Dob because there's often two inches of travel at most. If you can't rack out far enough to focus it, an extension tube will cure the problem. If it's the reverse, you'll have to shorten the trusses to get it to focus, which when I was finishing my 15-inch I had to go to get any of my eyepieces to focus. I wouldn't do that until you try the fix that you've found online. Hopefully tweaking the setscrew will eliminate the need for either course of action. If it's still a no-go, there's plenty of other 2-inch barrel eyepieces that will reach focus, and probably be much better than the stock eyepiece. For now, the ones that came with the telescope will get you started, and later you can peruse the eyepiece forums and try different eyepieces in person at starparties before buying additional eyepieces.

From a dark site, you will start seeing spiral arms and other features in galaxies through a 12-inch. There's places within two hours of you that are so dark you can see the zodiacal light with ease, and the Milky Way looks like a photo. A good 12-inch shows more objects than most people will ever get to see in a lifetime, most will be faint but there will be a good many that are impressive through a 12-inch. Right now there's a lot of spring galaxies in view for you to try your telescope on.

But for now, try it out on the moon, Jupiter and anything else you can find. If you don't already have an observing chair, red LED flashlight and some sort of star atlas, you will want to get them next. Before you can get good views, the optics will have to stop heating the air around them, so you'll need a hour or longer for the mirror to adjust to the ambient temperature. Sometimes the seeing here is just plain awful, if you cannot get sharp stars on some nights and they snap into pinpricks during other nights, you have bad seeing. Also, if you don't have a shroud for the truss poles, I would either sew one from black fabric or buy one. It keeps stray light out and slows down or prevents dewing of the main optics. I live across the bay from you, and almost every night it's a battle to keep the dew off the optics. I use heater strips, a controller, a shroud and a hefty 12-volt battery to keep the optics clear. There's also two local clubs near you, one in Mobile, and another one in Pensacola.

Most of all, take your time and have fun. Astronomy is like fishing, the point is to have fun and enjoy the stars, and the company of family or friends. Congratulations on your new telescope.

Taras


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Achernar]
      #5681643 - 02/15/13 02:22 PM

I've also left the barrel of the eyepiece out of the focuser a bit and that has helped (acts like Baader "rings"), but be careful it doesn't fall out.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5682387 - 02/15/13 09:24 PM

Ok this is what I have:
20x80 Meade Binoculars on a heavy duty tripod

Sky=Watcher 8" collapsible Dob
with stock 1.25 10 & 25mm super Plossl
2x Celestron Barlow
variable moon filter

Lightbridge 12" Dob
26mm Series 4000 QX (stock)EP
Filters:
Sky-Glo, UHC, O-III, Variable Polarizing
HoTech SCA 2" Collimator
Telrad
9x50 RACI Finder scope
Farpoint counterweight set & primary spring upgrade
Astrozap Light Shroud
Explore Scientific 100 degree 20mm EP
Jims Mobil counterweight set
Bobs Knobs secondary collimation knob set

Tonight I found M41 and another nebula close to Alnitak in Orion but I don't know which one it is! Still cool though.
Collimation only took like 2 seconds! And I am in love with the Telrad! That thing is sooo cool! Anyway any advice on what else I need to get?


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682415 - 02/15/13 09:44 PM

YOU are obviously an extreme beginner,...an EXTREMELY well-equipped and knowledgeable beginner!!

Did I miss seeing a good star atlas?

Download stellarium.

Consider Sky Atlas 2000,field edition with laminated pages for damp resistance, if you want a non-electronic atlas.

And an observing chair.

A table for "stuff" Maybe a large shallow plastic bin with snap-on lid so stuff does't roll off the table(or get dewed)


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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: BigC]
      #5682431 - 02/15/13 09:52 PM

Wow thanks! And yes I love Stellarium! It is the best so far. I have downloaded others but I always go back to Stellarium. And we picked up a small black table today along with a red lantern and an equipment mat. I don't have an atlas yet but I'm working on it. We do use Skyeye on the droid phones but Stellarium is still better! Oh and I do need a chair for the 8" but for the 12 it's all good!(I'm 4'3")


Edited by AstroBaby (02/15/13 09:59 PM)


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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: woolbrig]
      #5682447 - 02/15/13 10:04 PM

Awesome!! How did you like it?

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5682460 - 02/15/13 10:11 PM

Oh and we figured out the problem with focusing the 2" eyepiece. Embarrassed to say that the extention tube was NOT needed and in fact caused the problem to begin with. Like I said we are learning. But thanks so much for the help and advice!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682510 - 02/15/13 10:44 PM

+1 on an observing chair. Even if you can use a scope comfortably while standing, a chair allows you to view for a much longer period of time in comfort. That extended viewing is really necessary for seeing details in DSO's and planets. In fact, for planetary viewing I would go so far as to say a chair is an absolute necessity as often seeing allows a few moments of clarity interspersed with long periods of lack of detail.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5682547 - 02/15/13 11:06 PM

Well ok then I guess I do need a chair. Didn't think about extended periods of viewing. Right now I'm not really getting a lot of time,either because of weather or early mornings where hubby has to bring the scope in so he can get some sleep for work. I need a cart or something so I can move it by myself.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5682554 - 02/15/13 11:10 PM

Yes cooling has been a worry down here in the oh so humid & sweltering south. I was so glad the Lightbridge came with a fan but still we will be getting some sort of dew control.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5682560 - 02/15/13 11:13 PM

And holy *BLEEP*! Thats alot of info! But thanks! It's what I need.

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5682568 - 02/15/13 11:16 PM

Our lack of knowledge was the problem. We put the extender in when it wasn't needed! All is well now.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682570 - 02/15/13 11:16 PM

There are lots of options for short-distance transport of your dob. Probably the easiest is a simple hand truck with a little padding and a strap to hold the scope. Keep in mind that if you have to roll it over uneven ground you can end up jostling the dob and knocking it out of collimation (but usually not enough so that it can't be tweaked easily). Large, pneumatic tires help if you're dealing with uneven ground.

There are other options like ScopeBuggy that are three-wheeled carts you just leave the scope on all the time - but I don't know if ScopeBuggy makes one for dogs.


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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: drober23]
      #5682572 - 02/15/13 11:17 PM

*BLEEP* That's awesome!

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AstroBaby
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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: lamplight]
      #5682584 - 02/15/13 11:23 PM

Yes they are good. Enjoy!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Achernar]
      #5682591 - 02/15/13 11:30 PM

Can you tell me who the local clubs are? I haven't found any online closer than the other side of Pensacola.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682598 - 02/15/13 11:34 PM

Here are a couple of links that might be helpful:

go-astronomy florida clubs

Florida Astronomy Club Connection


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Achernar]
      #5682599 - 02/15/13 11:34 PM

And where are the dark places!! Would you mind us getting together somewhere for a viewing? I don't want to be pushy, I'm just excited that someone knows this area!!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682600 - 02/15/13 11:36 PM

Oops, I saw Pensacola and thought you were in Florida, I see you're in Alabama:

go-astronomy Alabama clubs


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5682606 - 02/15/13 11:41 PM

If you're looking for dark sites, and if you have Google Earth, download this layer for Google Earth.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5682633 - 02/16/13 12:07 AM

Awesome and thanks so much!! We are close enough to Pensacola and I didn't know about those clubs so thanks again!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5682653 - 02/16/13 12:25 AM

well I'm gona have to study the google earth thing although it does look promising.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682664 - 02/16/13 12:31 AM

These should help you find some relatively dark sites: http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/ or https://sites.google.com/site/3davel/home/light-pollution/lp2001/gmap

If you're new to learning your way around the sky, and especially if you don't already have a good star atlas, consider the books "Turn Left at Orion" by Consolmagno and Davis, "Night Watch" by Terence Dickenson or "Star Watch" by Philip S. Harrington. They all contain great lists of targets and directions for finding them.


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5682973 - 02/16/13 08:43 AM

The Mobile Astronomical Society has a page on Facebook, or you can find it through the link below. The Pensacola club meets at Pensacola Jr. College, the Mobile Astronomical Society meets at the Environmental Studies Center. The Pensacola club is much larger in terms of membership than the Mobile Astronomical Society. The MAS meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., the Escambia Amatuer Astronomers Association meets on the Friday closest to full moon every month.

http://skywatch.brainiac.com/astroland/
http://www.eaaa.net/index.html

Taras


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5683019 - 02/16/13 09:19 AM

The links below will show you where the darker areas are. Two places in particular I have been to are very dark, and in one case so remote you would be well advised not to go there alone, and not to go there in anything other than a 4X4 or pick up truck. Also, the Conecuh National Forest is out of cell phone range. The skies at Conecuh National Forest and around the Port St. Joe area of Florida are so dark What I normally see from home with a 15-inch I can see with my 6-inch. But two hour or longer drives means you will only want to go out there when the weather and the phase of the moon makes it worthwhile. Most of the time, the phase of the moon or the weather here makes a long drive like that not worth the gas. From Fairhope you'll get some surprisingly good views if you can avoid glare from nearby lights. Most of my observing I do right from the driveway. If you'd like to meet up sometime, you could come to the March meeting of the Mobile Astronomical Society on the 7th, or you can e-mail me. I'll send a PM your way.


http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/MobileALkey.html?1
http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/IndnPssFLkey.html?1
http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CnchNFALkey.html?1

Taras


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5683226 - 02/16/13 11:00 AM

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+1 on an observing chair. Even if you can use a scope comfortably while standing, a chair allows you to view for a much longer period of time in comfort. That extended viewing is really necessary for seeing details in DSO's and planets. In fact, for planetary viewing I would go so far as to say a chair is an absolute necessity as often seeing allows a few moments of clarity interspersed with long periods of lack of detail.




My experience with my Dob is Jupiter has two or three ,sometimes even five bands can be seen but I have to wait for the "wow" when for a second it looks just like the textbook photo.


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: Achernar]
      #5683811 - 02/16/13 04:13 PM

Thanks so much!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5684183 - 02/16/13 08:25 PM

Was the problem too little 'in' or too little 'out' focus? There are remedies for both. If the 1 1/4 inch eyepieces focused properly, then there is not a problem in your primary and secondary mirror train. Did you collimate before viewing? Your telescope should have come with collimation instructions.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: AstroBaby]
      #5684188 - 02/16/13 08:30 PM

Donna,
You are also a 'keeper.' Many of us men who are active in this hobby are astronomy widows.


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: GeneT]
      #5690666 - 02/20/13 11:25 AM

Donna, I love your town's slogan! And welcome to cloudynights.com!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5751365 - 03/23/13 08:55 AM

I have to add my greetings here as well. My name is Jerry and I am Donna's husband. Her astro hobby has now grabbed hold of me as well. It only seems logical since I grew up near the Marshal Space Flight Center and have had jobs in my life from forensics to aviation as well as an interest in physics, astronomy, and geology as well as chemistry. I started off with getting her a pair of Meade 20x80 bino's and a steel tripod to see how far she would go with the interest. Next came the 8" collapsible Dob, Her interest still continued to grow. Next came the 12" Lightbridge. I started off (for her) a nice package with upgrades all at once. Since then the upgrades have continued to come a little at a time. Next my focus came to the 8" just sitting in the back room being neglected. I figured I would give it a shot. I enjoyed it but my 6'2" frame kneeled down to observe was not all that fun. Thought about building a table...too lazy on my days off...lol. I sold it to a fellow who was wanting to introduce his 9 yo daughter to astronomy...that made me feel good. So now my curiosity was still going. I ordered an AR102 and a CG4 mount with polar finder and motor drive. Now I am enjoying this little guy. The first light (after 3 days to release the new scope curse) was a good one. I actually found M41 in just a few minutes. Ha I thought to myself not bad. It does have the CA common with Achro's but I will get some filters for that. Next I will be getting Donna a 14mm 100* EP, Then it will be my turn for a few 82* EP's (6.7,14mm), and a 24mm 68*. The it will be her turn again as budget allows.. So I am now funding two astro hobbies as well as my sea kayaking and surf fishing hobbies. Well back to work I have more toys to buy!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: StarZombie]
      #5751477 - 03/23/13 10:10 AM

Jerry.. You better get back to work!! Lol

Welcome!


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: lamplight]
      #5751667 - 03/23/13 11:41 AM

Hi Jerry, welcome to Cloudy Nights!

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5752106 - 03/23/13 03:17 PM

Thanx for the welcome guys. I have been studying the various (and whew!) techniques of polar alignment and setting circle use all morning. I believe I have it down. I am interested to check three different methods of polar alignment against one another. Just curious how acurate I can get my setting circles. I have read that less than 8" in diameter is not really going to work out due to the graduations that are printed on mass produced scales. Still I am determined to see. I want to check the stock instructions with my polar finder to the method of using the date ring to Kocheb alignment. Looking at the reticule I believe I can do it, just have to improvise where polaris will be lined up...small circle or line. Oh well its a rainy day off so I have to be gaining in something if nothing more than learning new things.

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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: StarZombie]
      #5776634 - 04/03/13 10:18 PM

Greetings Astrozombie. You just found out why many of us have been astronomers for years, even decades like me. I have been looking up at the stars for almost 40 years. It gets into your blood. Welcome aboard!

Taras


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Re: Greetings from an extreme beginner new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5777949 - 04/04/13 03:25 PM

You might consider S&T Pocket Sky Atlas or a Cambridge Star/Double Star Atlas. I have both and really like them. Turn Left at Orion is also a GREAT help.

Clear skies. Welcome to CN!!

MM


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