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Old 12-21-2012, 05:09 PM
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Do any of you dudes practice amateur observational astronomy? If so, let's talk about it. I would like to get into astro-photography, but I don't really know too much about it. I know I have to get a motor so the scope can move along with earth's rotation, some kind of camera adapter to sit on telescope eyepiece slot, and the camera itself. There is a telescope store a couple of miles away and I like to go talk to those dudes about this hobby. I am learning how to read sky charts, with respect to coordinates in right ascension and declination. I have practiced this before and was able to find Uranus, it was just a blue-green dot. I love it. I would like to take my telescope to Joshua Tree, a desert, so I can see the night sky as it should be viewed. Yesterday, I looked at Jupiter, the Moon, and the Orion Nebula. But, everything looks like sh*t in the city sky. My other target is the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). I am sure there are target objects that are recommended for beginners. I will buy amateur astronomy books, I guess. I am taking an optics class (Physics III) next semester, so I can learn more about this stuff. Whatever.

I have this telescope....



These are pictures people took with the same telescope I have...

Andromeda (M31)


Orion Nebula(M42)


Pleiades(M45)
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Do any of you dudes practice amateur observational astronomy? If so, let's talk about it. I would like to get into astro-photography, but I don't really know too much about it. I know I have to get a motor so the scope can move along with earth's rotation, some kind of camera adapter to sit on telescope eyepiece slot, and the camera itself. There is a telescope store a couple of miles away and I like to go talk to those dudes about this hobby. I am learning how to read sky charts, with respect to coordinates in right ascension and declination. I have practiced this before and was able to find Uranus, it was just a blue-green dot. I love it. I would like to take my telescope to Joshua Tree, a desert, so I can see the night sky as it should be viewed. Yesterday, I looked at Jupiter, the Moon, and the Orion Nebula. But, everything looks like sh*t in the city sky. My other target is the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). I am sure there are target objects that are recommended for beginners. I will buy amateur astronomy books, I guess. I am taking an optics class (Physics III) next semester, so I can learn more about this stuff. Whatever.

I have this telescope....



These are pictures people took with the same telescope I have...

Andromeda (M31)


Orion Nebula(M42)


Pleiades(M45)
Those are cool pics. have you seen anything flying around out of this world?
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:36 PM
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Those are cool pics. have you seen anything flying around out of this world?
Well, I have seen a lot of stuff that zips by when I am looking through the scope, however I am assuming they are satellites. It is pretty cool, though. I have seen a lot of cool stuff in the sky, and I always jump to conclusions and say they are UFOs because I have that right.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:47 PM
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wow im jealous man,i always wanted a telescope but i want a real good one but really dont have the spare cash to buy a top of the range one
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:49 PM
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Thanks, the telescope I bought was like $400-$500. I think it is a good telescope. The good ones are like $1,000-$2,000, but there are some that go into the $10,000+ range. It is a serious hobby, though. There are a lot of great telescopes, though, so you should find a local telescope store and go talk to them to see what they can set you up with.

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Thanks, the telescope I bought was like $400-$500. I think it is a good telescope. The good ones are like $1,000-$2,000, but there are some that go into the $10,000+ range. It is a serious hobby, though. There are a lot of great telescopes, though, so you should find a local telescope store and go talk to them to see what they can set you up with.
my wife was gonna buy me one for christmas but she didnt,got a fuking 3d tv instead was not happy.how far is the range on yours?
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I have this telescope....



These are pictures people took with the same telescope I have...

Andromeda (M31)


Orion Nebula(M42)


Pleiades(M45)
It's clearly better than my scope. Those are very good photos.
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Thanks, the telescope I bought was like $400-$500. I think it is a good telescope. The good ones are like $1,000-$2,000, but there are some that go into the $10,000+ range. It is a serious hobby, though. There are a lot of great telescopes, though, so you should find a local telescope store and go talk to them to see what they can set you up with.
thanks for info, very interested to start this hobby.
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