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Old 27-12-2008, 08:48 PM
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Hi All,

Havn't looked up for a long time.

Had first light of my new C8 on Xmas night, Farm life, Cool air, Clear Skies
, No light pollution and all made possible with a vast amount of research on IIS.

Awesome

Thanks to the many people who have contributed to IIS and look forward to being part of the community.
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Old 27-12-2008, 09:10 PM
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Hi Shaun and welcome Its great to here that your looking up again ,and keep asking questions here if you need a little help, because help is close....cheers Kev.
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Old 29-12-2008, 09:44 AM
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Hi Shaun and welcome, hope you have a great time here.
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Old 29-12-2008, 03:02 PM
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Hi all,

Just received my Skywatcher 8" dods and ready to go.

Assembled it this morning and waiting for night (so far half clear sky!!!!).

Must say this site was very useful in researching the scope, thanks very much!
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Old 29-12-2008, 03:04 PM
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Welcome Cougs!

Hi Cougs,

to Ice In Space

You have come to the right place.

Congratulations on the 8" Dob - thats a corker of a starter scope.

Don't forget to ask as many questions as you can if you get stuck, buy a planisphere and Astronomy 2009 magazine and enjoy yourself.

Welcome and clear skies!

Cheers

Chris
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Old 30-12-2008, 11:24 AM
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Thank for the welcome,

As expected the clouds rolled in so zero visibility!!

Looks the same today

Also been trying to focus the finderscope with the main scope but I have nothing to focus on further than 150 m due to the surrounding low level trees and building. I have read that finding a bright star or the moon is a good way, any other way?

Cheers
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:19 PM
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The Moon is the best. Hard to miss getting it in the eyepiece and, even if well out of focus, you sure know that you are on it.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:08 PM
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New to this...

Hello, I'm a newbie to and I have an el cheapo scope that I've assembled from a box with ridiculous planet pictures on it. I'm not expecting to discover new worlds, but I know I'll have fun. Hoping for clear skies this evening, and then there's the moon. I've yet to learn more techi stuff, but fun is a good start. It's quite cold for this time of year in Tassie, but I've got a warm coat..hat..gloves..scarf! The highlands had snow yesterday! I'm at 300 m above sea level and away from town lights. My Hubby took a lovely photo of the daylight comet some time ago and I've wanted to share it, so when I find my way around in IIS I'll post it up. I have many questions, but wouldn't you know it, just when I get to ask, I can't remember one! Never mind... I'll be around. This is a great site, I've already read some of the articles.
Happy New Year to All. from Luise
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:10 PM
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Hi Luise, welcome to IceInspace! Great to have you here.

There's no stupid questions so ask away!
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:11 PM
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...... I have many questions, but wouldn't you know it, just when I get to ask, I can't remember one! Never mind... I'll be around.......
We're ready when you are Luise. Enjoy the Moon!
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:18 PM
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Question 1.

The scope mount doesn't have it's own level, so I have appropriated a small one from Hubby's shed, it's about 15 cm and has 3 windows. But, where to put it to get the mount as level as possible. My guess is as close to the base of the scope or at the top of the tripod?
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:09 PM
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Luise, only a guess but probably the top of the tripod is the place to get level. But I wouldn't worry too much about that. Just try and get the Moon into the eyepiece and focussed up for a start.

Can you tell us the make and model number or give a website reference? Once we can see what it is, we should be able to help with suggestions and answer questions.
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My scope is a Tasco Galaxsee 46-114375. The review for it was spot on and I'm happy to start with it. I'll probably have it forever even if/when I upgrade.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:40 PM
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I've just found the Polar Alignment article...it describes some levelling method. This is a bit advanced but "start out as you mean to go on" is my motto!...and practice etc... I say! these articles are great. My download speed is set at "turtle". So it takes a while to get all the info!
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:09 PM
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OK I got it level, not to tricky, it will be a challenge out in the paddock though. My next stop will be the SCP! but the article is well written/good directions! Thanks! The moon filter is at the ready! and hot soup on the stove! Cheers,I'll let you know how I get on! Luise
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:14 PM
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patchy cloud,warm night at 14C wind dropped,moon playing peek a boo. What I did see of the moon was great (between clouds). Glad I didn't waste time on the 4 mm eyepiece, the 10mm+20mm were a juggle to interchange!
I did leave the scope outside for about 1/2 hour before having a look. Its a balmy 21 inside,where I store it. Have started to write it all down as well.
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.....What I did see of the moon was great (between clouds)....
Sounds like you are well underway!
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:38 PM
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Welcome to IIS Luise, it sounds like your having a great time with your new scope.

Cheers
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:54 AM
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Got some great view of the moon on Friday night and was able to align the finder scope with the main scope easy enough!

Also picked up a planetsphere from Aust. Geographic (20 % off sale), unfortunately everyone is out of the 09 Astronomy Australia book so will have to wait a week or so to pick one up!
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Hi all. I've just bought a new 12" collapsable skywatcher dob and thought I'd finally say hello.

I've had a two nights of dark clear skies so far and it's been amazing. The scope so far has been pretty well collimated (even after about a total of 300km of driving) so i haven't bothered to try collimating it myself yet. I live in Perth but i'm pretty fortunate in that my parents and my in-laws both live in nearby country towns.

My first object was Jupiter, then the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula, some nebula near orion's belt, and 47 Tuc. I've printed out some sky maps and am looking forward to checking out some more stuff.

I'm very happy with my scope, but i wouldn't recommend a 12" if you're not into the heavy lifting
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