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Haas
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Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
I got it!! new
      #5676660 - 02/12/13 09:54 PM

Well, here it is. My craigs list deal for $175.00. And I actually have some clear skies, so if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see what I can see.



Edited by Haas (02/12/13 09:55 PM)


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David PavlichAdministrator
Transmographied
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5676663 - 02/12/13 09:56 PM

From this picture, it looks new. Congratulations!!

David


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Jerry-rigged
sage


Reged: 01/30/12

Loc: Coastal Texas.
Re: I got it!! new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5676670 - 02/12/13 10:00 PM

Sweet! Congrats!

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Dave74
sage
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Reged: 10/23/12

Loc: Gelatinous, MA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Jerry-rigged]
      #5676677 - 02/12/13 10:03 PM

That's a beauty! You must be psyched and for good reason. Great score!

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Jeff2011
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 01/01/13

Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Dave74]
      #5676709 - 02/12/13 10:21 PM

That's a good one. Even has an eyepiece holder. Mine did not come with one but I bought one. Look forward to hearing about your first light.

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IMSirius
journeyman


Reged: 01/03/11

Loc: Houston, TX
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Jeff2011]
      #5676729 - 02/12/13 10:33 PM

That's awesome! Tell us how it goes!

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Haas
sage


Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Jeff2011]
      #5676731 - 02/12/13 10:36 PM

Well, got first light tonight, I guess. When the moon first appeared for the evening, it was just a sliver, which is good for viewing because it isn't too bright? But, I had work to do, so I missed that opportunity. But, I just got in from doing some viewing tonight, and the moon is no where to be found, but there were plenty of stars out there. I picked out some that were extraordinarily bright, and actually found them, but they were just sort of twinkling dots. I thought by chance one might be a planet, but it turns out not. Anyway, I'm really new at the skies so I didn't know what I was looking at, or where, but I just started scanning the skies. I certainly saw millions of stars that I can't see with the naked eye, so I at leas got a taste of the light gathering capabilities. Looks like I got some learnin' to do, but I'm going to have fun. I'll have more patience for it all when it's not so darned cold outside.

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WaterMasterAdministrator
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Reged: 02/17/10

Loc: Southeast Idaho, USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: IMSirius]
      #5676733 - 02/12/13 10:37 PM

Great looking scope, congratulations! And yes, we'll be looking for your first light report.

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Astrosetz
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Reged: 10/05/03

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: I got it!! new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #5676736 - 02/12/13 10:39 PM

Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky right now, other than the Moon. It's almost straight up

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Haas
sage


Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #5676757 - 02/12/13 10:56 PM

Quote:

Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky right now, other than the Moon. It's almost straight up




*BLEEP*!! I put things away about 1/2 hour ago, and starting to leave for home. I'll take it out again tomorrow night, dress warm, and spend more time.


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Haas
sage


Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5676758 - 02/12/13 10:58 PM

Ooops! Gotta watch my verbiage around here. It wasn't THAT bad.

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Dennis_S253
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: West Central Florida
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5676771 - 02/12/13 11:09 PM

I can't believe you haven't downloaded Stellarium or something and started learning the sky month's ago when you where looking. There were plenty of objects to look at tonight. But, I can imagine you were stoked and not thinking straight.

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StarStuff1
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Reged: 04/01/07

Loc: South of the Mason-Dixon Line
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5676773 - 02/12/13 11:10 PM

A 6-in f/8? Nice catch.

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Haas
sage


Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5676780 - 02/12/13 11:15 PM

Quote:

A 6-in f/8? Nice catch.




8-inch f/5.9


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Haas
sage


Reged: 11/22/12

Loc: Wis., USA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5676786 - 02/12/13 11:19 PM

Quote:

I can't believe you haven't downloaded Stellarium or something and started learning the sky month's ago when you where looking. There were plenty of objects to look at tonight. But, I can imagine you were stoked and not thinking straight.




He he, well, learning the sky was not very interesting to me until I could actually go out and search for what I was learning, if that makes sense?
Tonight, I knew I'd only have about 10 minutes of free time, so I just winged it, just so I could have my first look.


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CosmoSat
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/24/09

Loc: India
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5676795 - 02/12/13 11:24 PM

Quote:

When the moon first appeared for the evening, it was just a sliver, which is good for viewing because it isn't too bright? But, I had work to do, so I missed that opportunity. But, I just got in from doing some viewing tonight, and the moon is no where to be found,




Now that the moon too knows that you hve got the new telescope, it will stay up longer for you each passing day giving u an opportunity to observe more of its beauty! :P

Clear Skies!


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Jeff2011
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 01/01/13

Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Re: I got it!! new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #5676882 - 02/13/13 12:30 AM

If you have a smart phone, I recommend getting an app such as sky safari. I found it to be easier to use than sky charts. You can size the screen to match your field of view. I bought the pro version when it was on sale for the Venus transit. It has the most stars which helps when comparing views to the telescope. Was just using it a few minutes ago to check out where PANSTARRS will be in March.

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Dennis_S253
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: West Central Florida
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Jeff2011]
      #5676931 - 02/13/13 01:29 AM

Ok, the moon will be higher tomorrow. Even higher that night after that. Enjoy...

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Jon Isaacs
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Reged: 06/16/04

Loc: San Diego and Boulevard, CA
Re: I got it!! new [Re: Haas]
      #5677063 - 02/13/13 06:17 AM

Congratulations, you did good...



Jon


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kenrenard
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: I got it!! [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5677089 - 02/13/13 06:48 AM

Congratulations! looks very nice.

Here are some sky charts. These work with a Telrad or a Red Dot finder. It may make finding some interesting objects easier.

http://www.atmob.org/library/member/skymaps_jsmall.html

Be sure to check out Jupiter it should look very nice in your new scope.


Ken


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