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Eric Mannasseh

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I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:37:04 AM »
Hello everyone,

I'm hoping to get some advice about what to explore first when you get your first binoculars.  I have just ordered a 10x42 Nikon Monarch 7 flashes as my very first binocular.  So I will explore the skies once I get it in my own hands.  But how do you get started exploring the skies?  I mean do you first look at the moon and then various other planets?  What if the order be?  Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Draco or any other galaxies?  When I first get the flashes in my hand, I would like to have the ability to understand what steps I should take after each.  Is there a method I should use?

Incidentally, as a reference, I just bought the Sky Safari 5 Guru just to find any items place in the skies.  If I need to locate a star in the skies, there will not be a issue.  The only real problem for me now is what I should learn first and then explore

I hope that I could clarify myself.

Thank you beforehand.



Junee Hunt

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 09:23:23 PM »
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Hello everyone,

I'm hoping to find some advices about what to explore first when you get your first binoculars. I've just ordered a 10x42 Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars as my first binocular. So I'm going to explore the sky as soon as I get it in my hands. But how do you start exploring the sky? I mean do you first look at the moon and then some other planets? What should the order be? Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Draco or some other galaxies? When I first get the binoculars in my hand, I'd like to be able to know what steps I should take after each. Is there a method I should use?

By the way, as a reference, I just bought the Sky Safari 5 Pro just to find any objects location in the sky. In case I need to locate a star on the sky, there won't be a problem. The only problem for me now is what I should learn first and then explore

I hope I could explain myself.

Thank you in advance.

The good news is there is no establish right or wrong way. Just the way that gives you the most pleasure. The Moon is a good obvious target. With galaxies and other deep sky objects, most people start with the Messier list of objects. Most of these (under good skies) are in reach of binoculars.

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 02:42:45 AM »
I'll list three different types of objectsthat I think are good binoculars targets when first starting out. I'm sure you will get many more suggestions:

1.The moon of course, as you have mentioned.
2. The Pleiades star cluster
3. Andromeda galaxy

Have fun in your new journey!

Zac Purvis

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 04:11:43 AM »
I'd start with this 20th Century app:

http://www.philharrington.net/tuba.htm

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 12:08:41 PM »
If you can find a place with no obstructions and dark skies to the southwest you can still catch all the great stuff around the core of our galaxy just after sunset. With binoculars, I don't think you would even need to look for a specific object, just look around the core and you'll see lots of stuff. And, as a bonus, Saturn is still hanging out in that area. But it's going away soon so hopefully the weather will cooperate...

Edit: Just after I clicked post I realized the Moon is going to mess all that up for you the next few days, but first night with no Moon you can give it a go.

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 11:39:30 PM »
https://www.cloudyni...stial-calendar/

That regular monthly forum posting of objects well placed for observing includes a useful "Top ten binocular deep-sky objects" near the bottom each month. With your phone app, it should be helpful.

I think the best start is to find a dark spot from which to observe and go start having fun. The exploring IS the learning.

Jessie Forbes

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 06:37:53 PM »
Win the lotto, you're going to need the money for this hobby!

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 11:08:09 PM »
First thing you should learn to locate is a good dark sky site, if you're not already under them. Under dark skies, you don't even need an optical aid to enjoy stargazing. You can just sit there and watch the satellites and shooting stars fly overhead.

But you do have an optical aid, and at this time of year the Milky Way is still a good option. Binoculars + Milky Way + dark sky is one of the simplest equations for stargazing heaven, and it's really easy to do. If you can find the Summer Triangle stars of Vega, Altair, and Deneb, you can find the Milky Way. Just point your binoculars in their direction and be amazed.

Michael Robinson

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 07:46:02 PM »
There is no rush, take your time. Learn as you go. In fact that is exactly how I got started. A pair of binoculars.

Good for you getting the star chart program. It will be essential. There are little fuzzy things all over the place once you start looking. Use the binoculars, learn your way around the constellations, then when you are ready, get your first scope. The good folks here will be happy to help when you get there.

There is also no right way to get going. Planets, nebula, clusters, stars, galaxies, asterisms, they are all waiting to be discovered. Though if I had to recommend a starting point I'd point at Andromeda right now given its availability. Then start hunting Messiers, most of them are well within reach of binoculars. I almost envy where you are at right now, as it was me many years ago and it was a fun trip.

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 10:22:29 AM »
Hello and welcome to Cloudy Nights!
Your binoculars will give you plenty to look at, especially if you live or travel to dark skies.

Besides the app you purchased I recommend going to your local library, or if you want to buy, at a bookstore or online like Amazon, books on binocular astronomy

I like this book, but there are many others including free guides online
https://www.amazon.c...astronomy books

Manish Konakanchi

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 03:41:29 AM »
+1 to the idea of starting with Andromeda. Learning how to find it - Cassiopeia to Mirach, then up two stars - and discovering that faint smudge for the first time, even from a light-polluted suburban backyard, was inspiring enough not only to keep me looking skyward but also to rethink some of the earthly things I take so seriously. So far it's been like this for me: scan the sky with binoculars, find something, fumble for the SkySafari app on the phone and figure out what it was I found, and then try to remember where in the sky I found it. It's really neat when these objects feel like yours because you found them organically as opposed to just being led to them.

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Re: I'm trying to find my path - What to do first?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 10:59:30 AM »
Welcome to the forum Dwain, theapp: Ray posted is a good one.