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« on: January 13, 2008, 05:04:34 PM »
any of you into astronomy or stargazing as a hobby or something either just themselves or your kids? Im trying to find a decent but inexpensive telescope for when I get back.. dont want anything at walmart I heard most Dept. store scopes are crap..

your thoughts?
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 08:53:31 PM »
*bump* I enrolled in an intro to astronomy class as a general ed class I already had to take.. yay
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008, 10:15:29 PM »
I had posted up a while back about a deal on a scope at walmart that had gotten really good reviews from several sites, and the scope was being sold on amazon.com for 200.00 dollars, but for 24.99 from walmart i cant complain. it comes with a usb cam for vids and pics. the only problem ive had is it's been raining here since i bought it ~o)

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008, 10:25:13 PM »
hrm I dont believe our wally world has that deal.. once you use it and find out if its good or not, Ill give you th $ and you can mail it to me ;)
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008, 11:04:38 PM »
You've stepped into my area.  What's your budget?   Do you have any stargazing experience?  Are you planning on keeping at home, or do you expect you'll want something mobile and compact enough to fit in the family car for trips?


 

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 12:48:20 AM »
not much experience right now but I want something decent but not expensive, and yes easy to lug around.. I have an SUV so damn near anything fits...
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 08:34:50 PM »
update: well I found the telescope Im considering getting and ive learned quite a bit from various forums and magazines as well as taking this astronomy class.. now im really hooked! the telescope Im planning on getting is The Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ

so far the reviews are pretty good, obviously its not the best and by buying some better eyepieces etc would improve it, but for the ametuer and price it shouldnt be too bad.. I also have some pretty awesome software that charts out the sky and objects. One program is called TheSky, the other is StarryNight, they are pretty neat, they came with my textbook but I could give somebody a copy if they wanted it.

I also found out my dad is into astronomy - and for those of you who know the story about us two, its pretty awesome. He's buying a 10" telescope though, running him about $800.. not quite my budget yet and im waiting until im more experienced., what ya think?
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 10:08:25 PM »
Rob that looks like a really nice starter scope.  Orion's a great company with a great reputation.  I have a ton of eyepieces, filters and other accessories from them. 


 

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2008, 01:14:21 AM »
actually ive recently be told that with most EQ mounts they are flimsy and not very sturdy, and to look into a dobsonian mounted reflector. I found a Dobsonian 8" for around the same price and it has even better reviews, so ill look into it
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2008, 08:29:49 AM »
The mountings are always a different consideration than the scope itself.  Some great scopes have lousy mountings.   There was a time that I was thinking of building a concrete pier in my yard to mount the scope on, instead of using the tripod, but I never got around to it.


 

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2008, 05:48:54 PM »
my only concern is the dobs. are so short you would be squatting a lot to look, i'd have to find a sturdy table to put it on, maybe a large cinder block so it wont wobble.
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2008, 09:27:41 PM »
hey fro, did you take those planetary photos in your gallery? if so what kinda camera do you use for your scope?
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2008, 10:41:21 PM »
Yes, I took them all.  I use an old Meade 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain scope that I bought around '91. 
It looks similar to this:


I take the lens piece assembly off of the back and put on a camera adapter.  On the other end of the adapter is a 35mm camera body (no llense).  So basically, the scope is a giant camera lens.  There are a few different adapters I use depending on how great or little magnification that I want to use.   One of the adapters lets me use eyepieces inside of it that then magnify the image onto the film.


I have recently received a CCD camera to replace my 35mm setup but since the kids don't sleep through the night and I don't get much more than 4 or 5 hours a night, I haven't been able to stay up late enough to try it out.   



 

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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2008, 11:37:14 PM »
How's your night sky? I live in the "country" we should post some pictures from our backyards, then coordinate pictures of the same events.
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Re: Anybody into astronomy/stargazing?
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2008, 11:41:07 PM »
I live in a suburban sprawl area in the middle of nowhere, so all in all the sky is pretty dark here.  When I go into the mountains, I'm blown away by how clear and absolutely dark it is.   The Milky Way is a clearly visible band going from horizon to horizon.


 

 



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