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« on: January 17, 2012, 02:31:24 PM »

Who here does it in some form? I have always been interested about cosmos and had a kiddie telescope as a christmas gift when I was little but for some reason I never pointed it into the sky. Some 5 years ago, in the late summer when the sky was clear and the moon was looking huge me and my siblings went to the backyard with binoculars and looked at the moon. It was a nice experience. I read that with good binoculars and perfect conditions you can even see the biggest moons of Jupiter. That's exiciting. But is the hobby interesting in the long run? When should a beginner buy a telescope and which one?  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 02:35:32 PM »

i have a NASA  app on my ipad

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 02:37:43 PM »

Buy a decent quality refraction telescope. If you really like the stuff, buy a Meade...
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 02:38:06 PM »

I have been a very keen amatuer astronomer for about twenty years - fantastic and very rewarding, also a working knowledge of the universe and physics is quite a good skill to have.

A small telescope is fairly inexpensive and will allow you to obseve many objects in the night sky such as The rings of saturn, moons of jupiter and the craters of the moon. Also deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebula can be observed although with limited clarity.

I find Meade telescopes a very good balence between quality and price.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 02:40:24 PM »

Thanks.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 02:40:57 PM »

the new telescopes can find stars and planets for you, correct?  that's what i'd get.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 02:45:23 PM »

Just this summer I helped a friend of mine clear out a couple of acres of forest for his observatory out in the middle of nowhere. I've always been fascinated by the cosmos but helping my friend out somewhat revived my interest.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 02:46:54 PM »

Just this summer I helped a friend of mine clear out a couple of acres of forest for his observatory out in the middle of nowhere. I've always been fascinated by the cosmos but helping my friend out somewhat revived my interest.
Is he a NASA CEO or something?
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 02:57:21 PM »

Is he a NASA CEO or something?

lmao no he's not, but he is an engineer and he had just bought a ton of cool shit that'll fuck trees up(tractor with a giant claw, chainsaws, 4-wheelers etc) and I guess we had so much fun tearing nature a new one that we ended up chopping a lot of goddamn trees.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 03:13:30 PM »

It takes much more than a telescope to be an amateur Astronomer...



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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 03:20:30 PM »

It takes much more than a telescope to be an amateur Astronomer...



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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2012, 03:34:09 PM »

Klaus, Buy this Meade 20 inch MAX-xxx ($35,000) and tow it to a spot roughly 5 miles north-east of Tonopah , Nv and you can see the footprints on the moon and billions of miles beyond.

I suggest Tonopah due to the fact that it is the darkest spot within the continental US. And you can see more stars than you ever knew existed with the naked eye on most cloudless evenings.

Even with a  cheap pair of binoculars, it's damn impressive.


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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 03:35:21 PM »

Klaus, Buy this Meade 20 inch MAX-xxx ($35,000) and tow it to a spot roughly 5 miles north-east of Tonopah , Nv and you can see the footprints on the moon and billions of miles beyond.

I suggest Tonopah due to the fact that it is the darkest spot within the continental US. And you can see more stars than you ever knew existed with the naked eye on most cloudless evenings.

Even with a  cheap pair of binoculars, it's damn impressive.
I`ve got two of those in my garage Stunt!!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012, 03:40:05 PM »

Klaus, Buy this Meade 20 inch MAX-xxx ($35,000) and tow it to a spot roughly 5 miles north-east of Tonopah , Nv and you can see the footprints on the moon and billions of miles beyond.

I suggest Tonopah due to the fact that it is the darkest spot within the continental US. And you can see more stars than you ever knew existed with the naked eye on most cloudless evenings.

Even with a  cheap pair of binoculars, it's damn impressive.
Cripes. With that thing no woman's bedroom would be out of range.
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2012, 03:43:24 PM »

i have a NASA  app on my ipad

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star walk app all the way man. i love that app/
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2012, 03:43:54 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAVjF_7ensg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAVjF_7ensg</a>



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http://hubblesite.org/gallery/
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2012, 03:45:35 PM »

Cripes. With that thing no woman's bedroom would be out of range.
imagine the fun a guy could have.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2012, 04:06:35 PM »

I worked on this xray telescope CHANDRA ...it was put in orbit by the shuttle.





Mind blowing pictures it has produced over the years !
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/category/blackholes.html


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