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Beginners Forum / Re: White Light
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:41:35 AM »
Wow, Orange tinted solar film! Had not heard of that.

I use the Baader white film for maximum resolution. I do like the look of that orange sun a little better, even though it's not natural.

The film is not orange tinted actually, or mine isn't anyway. It is almost black in color when just looking at it off the scope. But when viewing the sun, it imparts an orange hue to the solar disk. I find it more appealing than the Baader film.


Mounts Questions & Expirience / Re: vixen sxp discontinued?
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:51:23 PM »
I find the go-tos to be more accurate when I select an object from a list rather than zooming in on one on the screen. I think that’s because I often am unable to zoom in right on target.

ATM, Optics and DIY Forum / Re: George's Telescope: The Finder Scope
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:38:03 PM »
nice tutorial over in the woodturner forum, thanks!

Beginners Forum / Re: Husband seeking advice, are you sick of these yet?
« on: February 03, 2018, 07:08:52 AM »
When I first started out in this wonderful hobby, I started out with a good pair of binoculars, a good sky atlas and went to a number of our local clubs public outreach events. My first telescope was an 80mm short tube refractor - LOVE it! Still have one. Then I moved up to a 120mm refractor, LOVE that one as well. Through my journey of a number of years, which shall remain uncounted, my current stable includes the 80mm refractor, a 6" Newtonian and most recently (and most finally), a 12" dobsonian (Orion XX12i)...which is easy for me to put togehter, set up and carry the components.

Point of this post is that astronomy is a journey, learning about the night sky, learning what you and your beloved like to look at and taking it one night at a time.

As Kent (photoracer18) mentioned above, your tastes and interest may change in 6-12 months or so ( or they may not...). Can not emphasize enough that looking through various telescopes together is quite possibly the best route to go.

You're very blessed to have a partner such as she...and she's blessed to have a partner such as you.



For what it's worth... if you look real closely, the 15th mag galaxy is actually there... it's just not the blue thing.

Not trying to hijack here, so I believe we are on the topic of this thread since we are all trying to figure out the blue thing.

Where are you guys finding this 15th mag galaxy? (PGC63786) if that's the case. It's not loaded in SkySafari Pro and I can't find a google link to it. Someone mentioned SkyX, sooo only SkyX has this galaxy loaded?
I found it **near** the suspect location using The SkyX, which has it in its database but provides no image or text description besides it's coordinates, magnitude, and aliases. It was 'close enough' to the location, and failing my ability to find any pertinent info on it from google searches, and based on the OP's reference image, I figured I'd note it, especially since my observation agreed with that of the previous post.

However, it's now pretty clear the blue colored object referenced by the OP is simply an optical artifact.
Thanks for the update. Must've missed it was figured out.

Beginners Forum / Re: Pets
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:55:40 PM »
My little buddies sprayed before they were fixed. Fortunately that is not a problem any more. What they are good at is clawing and chewing things, also they have a need to climb onto or into anything small and enclosed. I can see one of them clawing at the secondary spider to crawl into the tube. Or trying to climb it and knocking the whole thing over.


Thanks for the laugh. This reminds me of a former sailor and mechanic I once worked with. He was a character and a half. Among hiscareers hehad spent some time as nutritionist at a feed lot. He explained how he had learned to look at how the cow patties piled, the color, and texture and from that he could adjust their feed. After he finished the master mechanic said, "Well, Phil, I guess that proves you really know your ****."

I think I was a bad observer in VT because there was a ton of stars there, but didn't see the milky way. I wasn't far from Pittsfield so maybe that's why the Berkshires weren't good? Not exactly a big city so dunno. Yeah Hale-Bopp ticked me off because I was reading the papers about all these great observations and didn't see all that much from where I was. Oh well, maybe Ison will be better for me.Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to get that book off ebay.

Beginners Forum / Re: Kind of a n00b - it's been a while...
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:36:28 AM »
Funny you mention this, because I'm going to a star party on the way home from work, tonight. :-)

I get off work @ 8 PM, and the club's site is about halfway home, so 8:30 or so...just in time for the last bit of sun to dip below the horizon.

You're quite correct in that I need somehands on time, so I know what I like best. I just got a little itchy to get one because I'mfinally going to get to do this. Been wanting to for 30 years or more, and I'm a little giddy about it, hence the rush.

Thanks for the clear headed thoughts and for presenting a calm, logical thought process. I need to take some deep breaths, try different styles, then make aninformeddecision. It's stupid to go whole hog into something only to find out, oh, this is totally wrong for what I want to do/what I expect the experience to be.

Again, thank you for being the rational voice counteracting the one in my head which cannot believe this is finally going to happen. I have plenty of time as we're not leaving for the high country until the middle of August.

edit: I instinctively went down the SCT rabbit hole because it's what I've always wanted to have, even though I haven't touched one in ages. There are an equal number of dobs on my "local" CLs, so I just need to have an open mind about it. I went off the deep end because the tech has come so far since I was last serious about getting a proper telescope (which was about 17-20 years ago when we lived at 8,800 feet of elevation).

edit 2: For example, after reading up on this, I'm impressed: https://dallas.craig...6204969497.html    None of our cars are small, and I can move something like this around, no problem, after I put a couple of 'strap-a-handles' on it.

Again, thanks for making me reconsider what may work best!

I grew up outside of Providence which is supposedly a red zone on the map, but is definitely not significantly better than my current white zone. Hale-Bopp was an incredible dissapointment just looked like a star and couldn't make out a tail at all.

That surprises me greatly. Hale-Bopp was quite prominent, with a beautiful tail, from here in Cambridge.

<p class="citation">QuoteI later lived in the Berkshires on the NY line ... there was not an impressive amount of stars in the night sky and I never saw the Milky Way there.[/quote]

That surprises me even more. Did you have bright lights around?

I know every road that crosses the MA/NY line, and from every one of them, from Connecticut to Vermont, the Milky Way should be instantly obvious at the state line, as soon as you turn off your headlights. (Obviously, on I90, you would also have to wait for a break in the traffic.)

Sure, there's ample light pollution all around. But the summer Milky Way is ultrabright, shining easily even through pretty heavy suburban light pollution. And nowhere on the MA/NY line could reasonably be called suburban by any normal definition.

<p class="citation">QuoteI'm looking to purchase some books are there any particular ones you recommend for white zone people?[/quote]

Rod Mollise's <em class="bbc">Urban Astronomer's Guide is the classic.

Reflectors Telescopes Forum / Re: Chinese Dob Base - Stiffening...
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:48:43 AM »

...the vinyl t-moulding around all the parts edges,...

Can you provide a photo or two of this? I'm not sure what you mean.  Is your a GSO base or Synta?
Mine is an Orion xt10i, IDK how old. All the sheet goods edges were trimmed with a vinyl t-moulding; a groove is routed into the edge and the ribbed part of the "t" is pushed into the groove, the other part of the "t" caps the raw particle board edge. Bad idea, as moisture can easily wick into the edge. Mine was all screwed up from this. Iron on wood edge tape works much better.

Eyepieces Questions & Recommendations / Re: Lunt XWA 9mm
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:27:02 AM »
Here in Europe they're still stocked: 5, 9 and 20mm. It's the 3.5mm that is apparently no longer manufactured (but there are still some leftovers sold).

Beginners Forum / Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:41:46 PM »
Some others here with a digital camera might send you a pic of either issues with mirrors or what a good dusty mirror might look like

Does anyone here have some pics of these issues they could share or a link to a good thread on buying used scopes with pictures etc?<p class="citation">vtornado saidYou are spending $200.00 on a scope,  There will be some warts.[/quote]

Yes, I need to keep this in mind, can't have everything for $200.  At this point I'm now thinking I'll go with the dob.  The rubber grommet issue on the collimation screws bothers me but I likely won't have the scope long enough for that to be a problem.  If I decide to stick with the hobby I'll drop some coin on good equipment before they begin to break down.
I appreciate the input, especially from those of you that have these scopes.  I'll go look at both this weekend and either buy one of them or order one and stop looking at them on the internet.

ATM, Optics and DIY Forum / Re: pitch help
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:22:03 AM »
those guys from down under use the tar forasphalt road cracks.
No, not me at least. I use Rosin and Stockholm Tar which is usedfor Equestrian purposes and sold in saddlery stores. I don't know anyone down here using road tar.

Lars, I suggest you try Stockholm Tar instead of oil.


Beginners Forum / Re: What are your favorite accessories?
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:52:03 PM »
For me of course a warm thermos full of hot tea and some cookies but for the scope It's my mechanical clock drive. I'm old school with my scope,no electric drive or computer to fight with. I just hang the clock and weight an it's set to go. The biggest problem is I have to spend a lot of time ans. many questions about the set up.

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