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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 09:55:36 AM »
Great info all! Clearwaterdave, greetings from Sebago Lake and sebago Maine. Hawk82, glad you met up with them, I have an invitation to as well after speaking to Robert but I couldn't make it. The planetarium stufff is interesting yes but I really rather prefer the hands on approach myself. Get my hands dirty and since I own a landscaping company that's most of the time.
As far as buying the equipment as I've said before, it's true. If you can try before you buy that is great! But not all of us can do that. Sometimes we don't have the time required to get out for that since the limited time we do have is split so many different ways. I read and educated myself as much as I could and got two totally different and inexpensive starter scopes to try them out. Thing is, they are like firearms to me as in they all have the niches and I love my firearm collection because of the diversity and differing in application. I'm a ballistics nut as well.
Maksutov and Newtonian so far purchased and love them both for their differences, strengths and weaknesses inherent to their respective designs and I am getting larger versions of both and then a good apo refractor. After that a Schmitt and cassegrain. I'm enjoying the collecting as much as the learning how to use each one. And then there are the eyepieces and the mounts etc.. So far I've seen Orion Nebula, Pleiades, m31, Jupiter, moon of course, m37, mars, venus, and Uranus and as you all know better than me, many many more to see. I haven't had this much fun in a long time I must admit!
It's also the learning curve that I'm appreciating so much. As a firearm collector I've purchased, sold traded and kept so many of them it's mind boggling and until someone invents a plasma rifle or a light saber for real, there isn't much more I can learn.
Elephant Guns, military variant rifles, revolvers, handloading my own ammo etc, etc, etc. been there and done that. This is new to me in the equipment sense and it's very rewarding as well as really frustrating at times and there in lies the beauty. To me, it's like learning to control the recoil of a 600 nitro express rifle. It hits you like a prize fighter and the effect on your nervous system is the same as a head on car crash at 50mph without a seatbelt. Not getting hurt or detaching your retina is something learned over many years of practice. And I've noticed the neighbors aren't so upset about a quiet telescope as they are a 470 nitro express going off. Funny.
This is a fantastic site and great people and I and others new to the hobby truly appreciate the thoughts and efforts of those who give their opinions and experience and do so freely without charge. In this day and age, anyone doing anything without their hand out is novel. Maybe someday there will be star party close to where I am and some other Mainers might be in attendance! Thanks everyone,
Best,
Sean
VTornado: I will indeed be looking up the sting circles. Thank you for that link. I'll be checking it out shortly!

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2018, 10:21:15 AM »
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I may sound crazy but I can assure you, I am quite rational, just scratching a long term itch and bringing some kids along for the ride as far as they'd like to go.

Haha! Just wait till your eyepieces start reproducing.

John Jankowski

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2018, 12:35:19 PM »
R.T- not funny! Well maybe a little funny but really... don't say that!

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2018, 01:03:26 PM »
W.T I meant. Okay, note to self: iPhone does some really strange auto corrects!

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2018, 01:47:14 PM »
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R.T- not funny! Well maybe a little funny but really... don't say that!

Haha.. To be consistent:  Eyepieces <=> Ammo

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2018, 03:24:45 PM »
Mr. Riker!

I'll have you know that eyepieces will certainly NOT grow or multiply in my collection in any way like ammo. Why how preposterous of an idea could one have! I mean really! It's not like I've begun to look through my gun collection to see if I really NEED to have some of the ones that I have and haven't shot in ten years and duplicate others that I prefer just a tad more due to something called a televu ethos. Or Nagler something or other. Who would name something after what a wife does daily to her poor husband and ad an "re" as a suffix of sorts. It isn't like my kids and I are attempting to figure out whether or not we could add an observatory dome to one end of my not yet completed house this spring. And I'll have you know, a 16" dobsonian is perfectly reasonable to have in ones living room replacing a frequently used sofa or chair. In the future sir, keep your opinions to yourself, thank you very much and good day to you! 

seriously... this could be an issue....

Sean

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #36 on: February 02, 2018, 03:57:40 PM »
Autocorrect strikes again... "er"... not "re". **** you, Apple.

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2018, 05:44:22 PM »
Maine and astronomy go together like... like.... well actually they really don't go together. They have to be coaxed and prodded and each has to be accepted on its own terms. My own small ROR observatory sits without a path cleared since mid December. I've been physically unable to wrest it from Maine's icy grip this year. This too will pass. Until then much shorter outings with binos will have to feed the need for photons. A few years ago I joined the group at the planetarium. They provided some very interesting meetings with excellent speakers and a welcoming atmosphere unfortunately my wife's health prevents me from attending meetings now and I have been inactive in any outreach activities other than Cloudy Nights. Astronomy has to be one one the most flexible and forgiving hobbies I can think of. Advances in EAA and imaging really help some of us aging amateurs feel like we can still "see" what is going on. The web allows us 24/7/365 access to fellow observers yet still allows me the quiet, intimate, 1 on 1 moments I need to renew my contract with the sky. Welcome to CN and I wish you the best in your dance with the stars.
Grey

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2018, 11:01:11 PM »
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Maine and astronomy go together like... like.... well actually they really don't go together.

+2. No, +3.

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2018, 11:35:18 PM »
Regarding the altitude scale, just buy a magnetic digitical inclinometer, and just stick it on your tube.
I did not really see that option discussed in the thread. Get one that uses AAA, or AA batteries, they
last a lot longer than the one that uses button cell batteries.

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Re: Brand new member needing some assistance with northeastern US viewing
« Reply #40 on: February 09, 2018, 10:07:58 AM »
Grey,
Thank you for the warm welcome and that was well spoken. Winter is pretty rough here at times and more snow tonight. It is wonderful that you are still watching even if it's through binos when the weather has other ideas. Have a wonderful day sir and thank you again. Spring will come...
Sean