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Jared Morgan

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2018, 02:55:29 PM »
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I will pour over all the telescope info, look at the links, try to educate myself some, and pick a great one.


I would highly recommend poring over the information. Pouring over it sounds so ... well ... messy.

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Michael Dinelli

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2018, 03:20:01 PM »
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Imagine all the guys here who are hoping that's their wife. Whatta disappointment they're gonna have come Christmas!

Oh gosh, I'd give the world... I don't think my girl will give me anything astronomy specific after she picked up my Meade 100 deg 14mm eyepice and asked me, "How much this cost?". And I told her, "What you make in 1 week... and a half..."
are you insane???

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2018, 04:32:16 PM »
Hi Starry,
 I think you have gotten good recommendations. I don't want to scare you; I think the chances of getting a good scope is very good these days... but, I would recommend you learn about star testing. It isn't hard, but it might be good to be able to check your scope out when you get it, before the 'return' time expires. I doubt you will have a problem. I wonder how many scopes are returned because there is a slight problem and the new owners don't know how to deal with it. See if you can download the manual and familiarize yourself with the adjustments so they aren't a surprise for you when the scope arrives. It is good to know these things anyway; you will have to occasionally collimate the scope sometimes. Although it might sound a little intimidating, it is actually one of the 'pleasures' of astronomy, making sure your scope is doing it's best, 'tuning' the optics to get everything out of them.
 I think it is wonderful that you are doing this. enjoy the skies !!

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2018, 02:26:40 PM »
Hi again.
 I probably wan't clear enough on my previous post.
 a 'star test' and collimation aren't the same thing.
 You would collimate the optics and then do the star test. That would tell you if you have good mirrors (mainly checking for the primary...both are involved and need to be good but people mainly worry about the main mirror.) On the slight chance something is 'defective' you might need to do some 'detective work' to figure out if it is just something with the collimation or a stressed mirror, something too tight, or a less than good mirror, which I think used to be more common than it is now. Doing this is kind of a 'right of passage' I think ? and you are more than just a 'consumer' then but begin to be a real amateur astronomer. Just something to prepare for, something to learn and (Maybe) an introduction to all Sorts of opinions and debates !

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2018, 07:57:25 PM »
My wife purchased my 8 inch dob as a surprise Christmas present and I still use it today. That is a great starter size scope that can serve your husband well for a long time. Planetary viewing? Yep!
Deep Space Object viewing? Yes, there are quite a few of the brighter objects out there that will keep your husband busy for awhile.
Double star viewing? Why, of course!
Brighter nebula viewing? Yes, the views depend upon light pollution in your area.
One excited husband? I certainly hope so.
Like others have said, Astronomics is a great place to work with and they treat their customers right. Orion has some solid tube dobsonian reflectors that would work within your budget also and they are good to deal with.
FWIW, if you do buy a dobsonian reflector, I would strongly encourage you to get good advice on a collimation tool to help your husband align those mirrors. Both Astronomics and Orion sell those tools and they really will help whatever scope you get perform at it's best.
Welcome to Cloudy Nights and we look forward to your husband joining our little family too!

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #35 on: January 25, 2018, 11:36:06 PM »
My wife surprised me with an Orion 8 dob intelliscope Christmas about 4 yrs ago. She had it shipped to our neighbor. Put the wole thing together herself and "wrapped" it by setting it up in the basement with the whole ceiling strung with electrc light stars. One Christmas I'll never forget. My first scope! Notice the word "first".

Still use the original dob plus built an observatory for a goto SCT then added a triplet refractor for imaging that also does duty as a travel scope and terrestrial.

Starrywife may create a monster

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2018, 09:30:55 PM »
create a monster , well maybe, but she'll know right where he is, out in the driveway,lol.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2018, 02:09:34 AM »
I got a socks last birthday, same old socks last Christmas.
My dog always gets a wack of toys.
What's going on here.
Will have to talk to the Misses.
Is there a possibility I am a Nerd.

Sam

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2018, 08:08:54 AM »
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Starrywife may create a monster
A monster you can always keep an eye on, is not so bad. One of my other hobbies is motorcycles. I purchased some stuff from Orion, and as usual they were kind enough to put a sales boooklet in the box. She was looking thru it and bumped into $5K EQ mount. And she said, "Does this come with a pot of gold too?!" Nope, I said. Then she said, "Why did you pick astronomy again?". I told her she had 2 choices; me spending $3000 on1. Optics for a hobby I'll be doing right in the backyard when she can keep an eye on (no flashlights)2. Buy a replacement motor for a blown motorcycle engine and she'll not see me most Sundays, Thursday and Friday nights and always wonder what I'm doing, if there are other girls involved, if I got into an accident, into fight, drinking too much...... Oh, I love it when I have the last word...

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2018, 04:52:55 PM »
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Starrywife may create a monster

A monster you can always keep an eye on, is not so bad. One of my other hobbies is motorcycles. I purchased some stuff from Orion, and as usual they were kind enough to put a sales boooklet in the box. She was looking thru it and bumped into $5K EQ mount. And she said, "Does this come with a pot of gold too?!" Nope, I said. Then she said, "Why did you pick astronomy again?". I told her she had 2 choices; me spending $3000 on
1. Optics for a hobby I'll be doing right in the backyard when she can keep an eye on (no flashlights)
2. Buy a replacement motor for a blown motorcycle engine and she'll not see me most Sundays, Thursday and Friday nights and always wonder what I'm doing, if there are other girls involved, if I got into an accident, into fight, drinking too much...
... Oh, I love it when I have the last word...

I think that's called extortion. I love it.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2018, 09:58:00 PM »
Either one are good choices for beginners, or veteran observers too.They'll come with a couple of eyepieces and other accessories. A red LED flashlight and a star atlas such and Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas are recommended accessories. That should keep you at or under $500.00 for a total outlay. The next thing that is in order is an observing chair or stool, with an adjustable height seat. They can be commercially made or made at home. If he knows how to work with wood, he can build one as simple or as furniture like as desire, ability and access to materials and tools permit. A good observing chair makes observing much more enjoyable. You'll definitely enjoy the views through the telescope too, and what better way to spend time together than under the stars? Clear skies Starry Wife.......

Taras

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2018, 05:42:38 AM »
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I will pour over all the telescope info, look at the links, try to educate myself some, and pick a great one.


I would highly recommend poring over the information. Pouring over it sounds so ... well ... messy.

Fondly,

Your resident former newspaper editor
Hey Meade, maybe she meant she had the info in front of her while she poured her coffee, looked at the sausage links to make sure they were done, do a little research into the telescope to buy, and then pick the best sausage link to go with the eggs???

being silly tonight

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2018, 08:20:03 PM »
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Starrywife may create a monster

A monster you can always keep an eye on, is not so bad. One of my other hobbies is motorcycles. I purchased some stuff from Orion, and as usual they were kind enough to put a sales boooklet in the box. She was looking thru it and bumped into $5K EQ mount. And she said, "Does this come with a pot of gold too?!" Nope, I said. Then she said, "Why did you pick astronomy again?". I told her she had 2 choices; me spending $3000 on
1. Optics for a hobby I'll be doing right in the backyard when she can keep an eye on (no flashlights)
2. Buy a replacement motor for a blown motorcycle engine and she'll not see me most Sundays, Thursday and Friday nights and always wonder what I'm doing, if there are other girls involved, if I got into an accident, into fight, drinking too much...
... Oh, I love it when I have the last word...

I think that's called extortion. I love it.

No, no, no. Not extortion, not at all. Just 'leading the witness' would be about as far as I would go here.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2018, 11:12:56 PM »
Not going to get it till Christmas????
Not going to let him on here till Christmas???

Poor guy's being tortured.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2018, 09:14:12 AM »
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Not going to get it till Christmas????
Not going to let him on here till Christmas???

Poor guy's being tortured.


How can he be tortured if he doesn't know he's getting it? Unless he's already a member here, has seen this post, and is happy happy joy joy because his wife thinks so much of him to do this for him.

In which case, if I was him, I'd keep my mouth shut, act dumb and see what she comes up for me for Christmas, and also make sure she has something small and sparkly in a small box.