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Old 19-11-2011, 10:05 PM
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Hello all this is my first post, just joined. Been observing for a while but never joined a forum. Hope this goes in the right place as it seems i may be replying to a thread rather than just posting. You may be wondering about my nom-de-plume: i live in Melbourne, that should explain it all.
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Old 19-11-2011, 10:19 PM
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Welcome to IIS Peter
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Old 19-11-2011, 10:27 PM
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. . Hope this goes in the right place as it seems i may be replying to a thread rather than just posting. . . .
G'day Peter,

yep, you posted your message in the right place.

This thread is for any new folk to pop in and say g'day without starting another thread to say hi, or there would be literally thousands of threads saying 'Hi, I'm new'

Yes, your Username is very apt lately
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Old 21-11-2011, 10:53 AM
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Hi all how do i get my picture to appear on my posts and how do i get my equipment to appear at the bottom of my posts, surely i dont have to add it each time ?.
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Old 21-11-2011, 12:52 PM
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Hi all how do i get my picture to appear on my posts and how do i get my equipment to appear at the bottom of my posts, surely i dont have to add it each time ?.

Hi Peter,

Just to the right of the IceInSpace Menu, click on UserCP.
In there you can upload your pic and create your sig.
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Old 23-11-2011, 10:10 PM
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Hi All,
My first post! My wife has just given me a Meade LT8 ACF for my 50th birthday (what a woman!). It is reigniting a passion for astronomy that I had back in the 70s and 80s. It all started when a total solar eclipse went thru my hometown of Ballarat in 1976...
Anyway I have moved to Brisbane and once I have figured out how the heck to set up my new scope (I guess I'll follow the instructions) I'll be out there somewhere.
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Old 24-11-2011, 05:55 PM
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Indeed what a woman!
They are nice scopes so you should have many enjoyable nights. Try to get out of the city to really enjoy though. Lots of club nights and camps in your general area!
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Old 25-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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Hi Jen,

Where the hell is pandora??? In Aus?
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Old 25-11-2011, 07:48 PM
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Hi All,

New to this here fun, I think you guys are all very keen, I suppose that is not a bad thing
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Old 25-11-2011, 07:51 PM
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Hi All,

recently I bought a 10" Bintel Dobsoian. Is that okay???
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Old 25-11-2011, 07:53 PM
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Hi All,

How often do I have to check this site for replies???
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Old 25-11-2011, 08:12 PM
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Check in many times a day Sam. Most of us do.
Congrats on the new scope btw.
I had a 10" dob myself ages ago. I loved it to bits, until I crossed over to the dark side and started imaging.

Welcome to IIS!
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Old 27-11-2011, 06:25 AM
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Hi everyone;
I read a lot here and bought a focuser as well but never actually said hi...so hi..
Its a great site with plenty to learn and some very very knowledgable members who help. Whenevr I need to know something astronomy related this site is the 1st place I look... and I usually blow an hr or so completely sidetracked...Oh well..
I own a 200mm newt and some smaller 60, 80 and 90mm refractors, all works in progress. I like repairing and using older japanese scopes but am new at this also.
Glad to see the clouds have finally started to clear in NSW...
Cheers...Jules
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Old 27-11-2011, 07:45 PM
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Hello Everyone,
I purchased a telescope for my wife last christmas and after weeks of trying to work out how to set it up we finally gave up, Now after a visit to the perth observatory we would really like to get it set up and working so we can gaze. So i was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me where we would be able to have it looked at and hopefully set up? We are in Mandurah Wa. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 28-11-2011, 05:58 PM
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Hi Sammy. A 10" is a great scope! Congratulations. Have you had much of a chance to use it yet? Any questions the folks here will be sure to at least attempt an answer, and let us know what you are seeing.

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Old 28-11-2011, 06:00 PM
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Hello Everyone,
I purchased a telescope for my wife last christmas and after weeks of trying to work out how to set it up we finally gave up, Now after a visit to the perth observatory we would really like to get it set up and working so we can gaze. So i was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me where we would be able to have it looked at and hopefully set up? We are in Mandurah Wa. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi Darren. What type of scope is it?

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Old 28-11-2011, 08:09 PM
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Hi Darren. What type of scope is it?

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Hi Malcolm,
It is a Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ-MD. I have set it up on it's tripod and we have had it out in the yard but even pointing it at a full moon it only seemed to lighten a bit, otherwise it is all black. We are literally beginners and have no idea but know that we should see something .
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Old 28-11-2011, 09:18 PM
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Darren
OK, by the sound of it we need a bit more detail as to what the issues are. When you say "it only seemed to lighten a bit" I assume that means you could see that the view was brighter but couldn't see any detail?
Have you used the scope in daylight? Try to see it you can achieve an image in daylight hours (with the proviso of NEVER POINT IT ANYWHERE NEAR THE SUN!!!!) as it is much easier than trying to use in the dark. Try and see if you can focus on a distant object, tree branch, TV aeriel, chimney or whatever.
Which eyepiece are you using? Use the lowest one you have, beginners sometimes get confused but the lowest power is the longest length one. Many of these class of scope will come with a 25mm and a 10mm. Don't use anything shorter than the 25mm to start with (or whichever is the longest one you have.)
This may seem obvious but have you properly removed the entire cap from the end of the scope? I know a very good observer that spent a month frustrated with a new scope because they had anly removed the small cap in the middle of the large cap.

These are just a couple of ideas that spring to mind, but if you can provide as much detail as to issues as youi see them, that would help.

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Old 28-11-2011, 09:26 PM
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Darren, stick with it. We should be able to get that scope working giving nice views. There are just a few things to be sorted out. I suspect you aren't reaching focus. Try Malcolm's suggestions re testing it out in daylight.
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Old 28-11-2011, 10:09 PM
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