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I just saw the moon

Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by TheMadDabber, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. NYC_Frank

    NYC_Frank "A man with no vices is a man with no virtues"

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    Having grown up through the 60s space race I've always had an interest in amateur astronomy but was never able to pull the trigger on the Questar scope I've always wanted. NYC light pollution and the high dollar price tag made it unreasonable to consider. So I learned to make do up till now using Celestron 11x80 astronomical binoculars I purchased when Haley's Comet made it last approach in 1986.

    The Questar is ideal for the moon and inner planets + Saturn/Jupiter, and star clusters etc but not deep space nebula/objects as it's mirror is only 3.5". Its a small, portable work of art. Maybe I'll win the lottery and if I do this is my first purchase... OK ... maybe second after my Lamborghini Reventón ... :cool:
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  2. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

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    I mean, yeah, we could all just watch Cosmos on our giant HD TVs. I have never experienced anything more awesome than pointing a scope on a target and finding it. Maybe it's only a fad with me. ... that has been known to happen... but there's nothing wrong with getting a bit of fresh air on a clear winter's night. :2c:
    @NYC_Frank - Have you got that Vatican astronomer's book Turn left at Orion? Your post reminds me a bit of that. :tup:
     
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  3. NYC_Frank

    NYC_Frank "A man with no vices is a man with no virtues"

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    Thanks ... I'll have to take a look
     
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  4. Dank_Star

    Dank_Star In space no one can hear you purr.

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    I believe you will find some inspiration there ;)
     
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  5. NYC_Frank

    NYC_Frank "A man with no vices is a man with no virtues"

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    I will definitely be ordering a copy .... It reminds me of my amateus astronomy bible i've referenced since the 60's, Olcott's "Field Book of the Stars" which I borrowed from the Brooklyn Public library and never returned (I think it cost me $6 at the time for the lost book :) ... Thanks for the recommendation ...
     
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  6. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

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    Two ghkkliant leaps for Ricardo today lads ;). First I managed to align the Finderscope on the AstroMaster - easy in the end, it just needed a strip of rejected credit card (shim? ) under the mount.....but the bigger thrill was learning to balance the thing. I'd be more a Humanities kind of bloke, all my life really. Never understood Science really but here we are... I'll be solving fates on "Return of the Obra Dinn" next :lol:. Honestly, this hemisphere of my brain has been severely neglected.......it's flippin' mind-blowing, all these "clicking into place moments........
    Anyway, after a full afternoon of getting nowhere with the user's manual I finally came across this one. The key for me was to set up in the same position as in the video. I'll be back to visit this young chap's YouTube channel :tup:
    Click to play YouTube Video

    What is the stars, boys. What is the stars?
     
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  7. GetLeft

    GetLeft Well-Known Member

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    On an unrelated note, I just saw a bald eagle fly over my house.
     
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  8. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

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  9. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

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    All set for the total lunar eclipse lads?
     

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