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Saturday, July 11I was loading some things into my car this evening, around 10:30 pm. Earlier in the evening I had looked up at the sky and saw nothing but clouds.  But as I closed the trunk I looked up and the sky was clear as could be and I could see stars. Quick, grab the 10X50 binoculars, Guide to the Stars and the red flashlight and head for the yard. I grabbed a lounge chair from the garage and tried to position myself in a way that would block all the big lights from my view. Mostly successful.At first I just gazed up and looked at the sky. Then I used the binoculars and was amazed on how many more stars I could see. And as I held the binos to my eyes and my eyes adjusted, more stars appeared. It was quite exciting.For about 15 minutes I just looked at random and just admired the night. Then I took out the star wheel and tried to identify some formations.I believe I picked out Vega, almost directly overhead. As I looked at it I spotted a star pair near it. If I am correct, this was Epsilon Lyrae, the double double. With my binos I could easily see the pair but research tells me that this is really two double stars that can be split with higher magnification.I worked with the star wheel, "Guide to the Stars" to try and positively identify the summer triangle and the constellation Lyra.I don't know if I identified these correctly but it was so exciting to start to match up the sky with the wheel and to look for reference stars. I got lost in this for about an hour before I had to come in.This was my first real observation where I started to identify things, picking out reference points, and it was fun! I hope I get more clear skies so I can continue to work on recognizing the stars over my head.StrategyMy strategy for the next few star gazing sessions is to center on Vega and work my way out. Using the star wheel I would look for formations, using Vega as a reference point.

Mounts Questions & Expirience / Re: Avalon M3 beyond all limits: all in one
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:43:28 PM »
Looks like a weapon..

I wholeheartedly agree with you all. The problem with light-spilling streetlights is that it tires out your eyes while driving, making driving conditions even more unsafe. Proper illumination is not the same as overly bright lights.Connecting this concept with the average person is a challenge because for all the advancement of civilization, will still believe that there are monsters in the dark other than criminals.

Mounts Questions & Expirience / DSP Hypertune for CGX?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:52:58 PM »
I see Deep Space Products is offering a Hypertune service on the CGXs, at $465. Has anyone had this done, and did it resolve your CGX performance concerns? They claim to reset worm meshing and backlash as part of the tune. The shipping costs would kill me, it would be nice to get a kit for DIY. If they would bring out a belt drive upgrade kit, which included a motor pulley replacement i would buy that.

Beginners Forum / What straps to help carry 10 inch dobsonian?
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:40:00 PM »
Hi,I've learned about straps being called to, to be able to more readily take the body of bigger telescopes.What are such straps and where do I buy them? (no luck looking for them online, yet)Thanks!Juggernaut

Beginners Forum / Re: Discovering my 'lost' 40mm Plossl - a Eureka moment.
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:32:19 AM »
I've 24mm 68*, 32mm 50* and 40mm 44* eyepieces.  Even though all of these give quite similar areas of opinion, there are times once I prefer one over others.  It is probably the scope I have been using and the thing being observed that just looks better for me together with the specific eyepiece.  I have a tendency to use the 40mm in my long refractors, whereas I enjoy the 24mm in my broad field refractors and the Dob.  No right or wrong, it is exactly what I enjoy.

ADDED: My 40mm is a Meade series 4000 Plossl that I have owned for many years.  It provides bright, crystal clear and very sharp views.  I originally bought it to see that the Double Cluster from the XT-6 Dob I used to own, and what a magnificent job it did.

Ed D

General Astronomy & Observing / Upcoming trip to Kona, Hawaii
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:24:57 AM »
In a couple of weeks, my family is going to be on the Big Island over my brothers Spring break.  We'll first be staying about 20 mins North of the Airport and then completing down our trip at the Volcanoes National Park to get a couple of days.  I intend to bring my ST80.  Any suggestions for all those two places?  Thanks.

Beginners Forum / Beginner Setup... What's missing?
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:23:15 AM »
Hello "Nightonians",

Where to Start... Ok, as some already know I'm new to this hobby.  I've attempted to put up myself with a quality"Starter Kit", one that I can also grow with.  So much my installation comprises: Zhumell Z8, Baader Hyperion Mark IV Zoom, Zhumell 2x Barlow, Telrad, attachment case, planisphere, Turn Left at Orion (book), and little red flashlight.

...I just recently obtained (previously back ordered) that which I believed would complete my entry bundle, an 8" solar filter made from Orion.  Regrettably, I havediscovered itis not compatiblewith my Z8 (won't fit).

. . .Now the question is do I return the filter for another helpful thing, or can somebody recommend a filter that will actually fit the Z8? ...

Any suggestions? ... Is a solar filter value theinvestment early on? . . .Is that there amore usual itemI shouldbe contemplating when starting out? ...

I'm simply trying to make the most out of the mishap and turn it around for the positive.

Thank you!

Beginners Forum / First scope search is down to three. Help?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:20:14 AM »
After weeks of Posting and Reading on another forum (where there are a couple of long-time astronomers I trust) and Almost an hour on the phone with High Level Scientific, I Have narrowed our "first Range" question down to 3:

Celestron Omni XLT 102mm Refractor on the CG-4 bracket
Celestron Omni XLT 150mm Reflector on the CG-4 bracket
Orion XT8 Classic

We will be viewing in our back yard and in the parking lot of a nearby observatory, both with similar light conditions.  I see pluses for the CG-4-mounted scopes since I can put new OTAs on the mounts if I want to experiment afterwards, but the value of the XT8 appears to be tough to oversell.

I've budgeted for a fundamental pair of eyepieces just to learn what they do and which ones I find useful together with a collimation eyepiece if needed (the XT8 includes a cap, so the XLT 150 does not come with anything so far as I understand).

Can anybody provide any guidance on those choices?  I like the ability to put in a motor for tracking, but for our funding I'd rather spend the money on optics than GoTo.  Thanks!

P.S..  We combined a local ministry team and attended a celebrity party with access to an ETX-125, a dob like the XT8, an Astromaster 114EQ, a pair of CPC 1100s (if I recall correctly), and the 24" in the observatory.  The scopes were pointing in the heavens, though, which did not tell us much about how they'd manage other objects.

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