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Just a question that came to me. Thanks for any answers!

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This is for those who are always left out of the show me threads.  Any entries?

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Reflectors Telescopes Forum / New Z10, want to remove primary mirror
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:53:46 AM »
HI, just purchased one of these and I have some springs from Bob that want to install. I also want to check the spot and see if it's on center. Any advice on how to remove the primary mirror? I was thinking put a towel down, get the bottom close to the floor and remove the screws into the tube.

I also got knobs for the secondary and will install them and a milk jug washer.

Also pondering were to put the Telrad.

Any advice welcome.

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Beginners Forum / Beginner telescope for novice with kids
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:02:44 AM »
I want to join the star gazing community and of course to do that, I'd like to get a telescope. I've done a reasonable amount of reading and I know there is no perfect setup. In my case, I love near a metro area, but I can probably get out to some nice dark spots. While manual explorations is not a problem, I would like the option to plug-and-play, especially because I want to get my kids into this, at least on a limited basis. I'd like the option to take pictures at some point, but I know this does not necessarily balance well with scopes that are good for long distance gazing. Budget is probably up to $1K. I do hate the thought of buying one to start and then upgrading later, but I can be open to that as long as the lower price tag doesn't disappoint/have so many compromises that the fun is lost. I do plan to attend a local club outing, but in the meantime, I figured I would ask here to see what the opinions are. I was looking at the Celestron NexStar SE series, but again, I'm open to other options. Thanks for your thoughts in advance.

Chris

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Two nights ago I had the privilege to observe through the famous 36" Lick Observatory refractor and this time it was pointing at M57. Seeing conditions were good but I was disappointing when I could not see the central star. The nebula was bright. Well, I might got a glimpse of the central star using averted vision; however, when I had only little time to observe it was hard to tell. Lick observatory is an amazing place and full of interesting history. Attachment is a photo of my son observing through the famous 130 year old 36" refractor.


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Mounts Questions & Expirience / GM1000 HPS with Mac - what will I miss?
« on: December 24, 2017, 06:46:59 PM »
Hi,

I am thinking of purchasing a 10Micron GM1000 HPS mount, but I'm an all-Mac man, so ASCOM drivers won't work for me.  From what I read, I could still run the mount via LX200 over TCP/IP and should be able to use either TheSkyX or SkySafari?
If I take that approach, what will I be missing compared to utilizing the ASCOM drivers?

Any insight appreciated.  Tried to ask this question also on the 10Micron forum, but there I'm only allowed to ask a question after I have bought the mount...

Thanks,

Willem Jan

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Beginners Forum / want help with impulse camera purchase
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:45:22 AM »
I'll try to be short: only got a small alt/az bracket that has polar orientation and monitoring abilities, and a mount for attaching a camera to shoot direct terrestrial or astronomical images with the range removed to make space for camera just.  (it's the Skywatcher Virtuoso bracket if you're curious)
I am going to a big box store later today to spend a few hundred or so dollars on something fundamental that will not hamper me in my very first little steps into astrophotography.  I'd like to hear from you which cameras I am likely to be pleased with, I am just hoping I do not inadvertently buy one that's ill suited for the skies imaging experiments I am going to try.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions I get here!

Edited to fix misspelling in thread name

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General Astronomy & Observing / dark side of the moon / eclipse question
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:35:13 AM »
Ok since we see the bright side of the moon generally, was the backside (dim side which I had been led to believe was always dim - which I dont know because its own in orbit and must get sunlight on its backside rather often) of the moon in daylight during the dusk?  Sounds like a opportunity to shoot spacecraft pic's of it's backside?

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