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mac19
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The day has finally arrived!!
      #6487820 - 04/25/14 01:16 PM

Well thank you to all who have generously offered me advice in the CN's forums. I have been pondering the purchase of a telescope for the last couple years and the post man dropped a pick-up slip in the box today. By late tonight I should have me hands on my first telescope. I'm very excited and oddly nervous at the same time. I'd like to apologize and thank you in advance for the onslaught of questions coming your way...:) unfortunately it appears we are in for several days of rain, but that seems pretty standard upon delivery of a new scope...

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seawolfe
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6487831 - 04/25/14 01:19 PM

Yep....with great telescope comes great ugly weather patterns.....

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Censustaker
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Loc: Walnut, CA
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6487914 - 04/25/14 01:48 PM

Ahh.. so that's why my forecast has cloudy for the next two days!

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coopman
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: Censustaker]
      #6488064 - 04/25/14 02:48 PM

Don't tease us like that...WHAT DID YOU GET?

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mac19
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: coopman]
      #6488081 - 04/25/14 02:55 PM

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.

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spencerj
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6488117 - 04/25/14 03:09 PM

Quote:

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.




Wow. That is quite a first scope. Enjoy.


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GOLGO13
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Reged: 11/05/05

Loc: St. Louis area
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6488210 - 04/25/14 03:39 PM

Go big or go home I see ...enjoy!!!

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GeneT
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: spencerj]
      #6488416 - 04/25/14 05:39 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.


Wow. That is quite a first scope. Enjoy.




Unpack and set up carefully. You have a great telescope!


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btb
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Reged: 07/07/06

Loc: Northeast Indiana
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6488425 - 04/25/14 05:42 PM

Don't forget

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rocco13
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: GeneT]
      #6488430 - 04/25/14 05:43 PM

At least take heed that it must be a very good scope, since the New Telescope Curse is bringing several days of rain. A lesser scope would only warrant one rainy day.

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FoggyEyes
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Reged: 06/01/13

Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: rocco13]
      #6488498 - 04/25/14 06:09 PM

Just remember: around here, unless you post pictures, you don't really have it.

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Guilherme Lessa
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: FoggyEyes]
      #6488691 - 04/25/14 08:10 PM

Wow, that looks AWESOME. Keep us updated.

And most of all: enjoy the sky!


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combatdad
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: Guilherme Lessa]
      #6488758 - 04/25/14 08:49 PM

You certainly don't believe in starting out small! Enjoy those great views.

Dave


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mac19
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: combatdad]
      #6488950 - 04/25/14 11:05 PM

Lol!! I fully expected some heat for this one... I started out saving for a 4se and then when I hit that goal I said to myself "Well I don't want to regret jumping the gun, I better save for a 6se". That internal dialogue continued on leading to the 8se and well what can I say two years later that internal battle landed me at the CGEM1100... I'm very stoked and hopefully this poor weather will not last as long as the forcast is currently indicating. I've waited two years for this and will not rush it now... Shortly I will get my rugrats to bed and take my time unboxing and enjoy every moment. Ill post up proof of possession in the coming hours...:)

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mac19
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6488955 - 04/25/14 11:07 PM

Oh and I hope you all accept my apology for the poor weather...

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Censustaker
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Loc: Walnut, CA
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6489085 - 04/26/14 01:19 AM

And now it's raining!

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mac19
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: btb]
      #6489146 - 04/26/14 02:52 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

Quote:

Don't forget




Thank you all for the positive comments! I'm going to go ahead and get this photo out of the way in hopes this poor weather trend can then move along...


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LoveChina61
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Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: mac19]
      #6489432 - 04/26/14 09:31 AM

an excellent choice for a scope. I am a Meade man myself, but if things don't work out with them over the long-term I have been eyeing some Celestron scopes already. I would have to say without reservation that my choice would have been the same as yours hands down! Lots of aperature for DSOs yet just at the border of portability in size and weight. And on a GEM mount (especially the CGEM)? Wow! You will have excellent results in astrophotography as well with the right focal reducer and camera set up.

Congrats BIG TIME!


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sickfish
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Loc: Watertown Ma.
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6489442 - 04/26/14 09:42 AM

Thats a great first scope. You should be set for a while. My first scope was a celestron 70 mm refractor on a cheap goto that fried its self after a year. Once again you have a very nice scope and from what I hear a great mount.

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sickfish
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Loc: Watertown Ma.
Re: The day has finally arrived!! new [Re: sickfish]
      #6489447 - 04/26/14 09:45 AM

Do you live in New England? Its going to be *BLEEP* all weekend.

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