What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

13 years 3 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #31216 by albertw
Hi,

We seem to be getting more members more quickly than before so it's a good idea to have a place where people, if they want, can introduce themselves. Let us know where you are from, what bits of astronomy particularly interest you, or simply post a message to say 'Hi!'.

The old hands here feel free to post intros too!

Cheers,
~Albert

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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13 years 3 months ago #31219 by voyager
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Hi All,

Bart Busschots here, I'm a Computer Systems Administrator by trade as well as a perenial PHD student :) ATM I seem to be more of an armchair astronomer than a practical astronomer. Mind you that might have something to do with the amount of time I put into maintinaing and developing the IFAS web site and running the IFAS podcast.

If you're a newbie here (or one of our old hands) and you want to get involved I'd love to get some more contributors for the podcast (written articles or MP3 audio files are cool, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If the written word is more your thing then John Flannery (user Sky Notes) is always looking for people to write articles for IFAS's magazine, Arcturus ( blogs.irishastronomy.org/?cat=4 ).

Enjoy the site!

Bart.

My Home Page - www.bartbusschots.ie

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13 years 3 months ago #31221 by Fintan
Hi. My name is Fintan and I was a very, very active amateur astronomer in the 1980s and early 1990s, but after the AI debacle, and the arrival of my kids, as well as the pressure of work/study, astronomy was relegated to the back-seat. I have completed my PhD in Life Sciences and am a lecturer-practitioner at UCD and the Mater Hospital. Am now getting back into the astronomy and have begun observing again - now along with my kids! Have just registered to start the BSc in Natural Sciences at Open University and hope to focus on astrophysics - eventually - if I can understand it anymore!

My main interest in astronomy is meteoritics. 8)

Fintan

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13 years 3 months ago #31229 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi guys,
Seanie Morris at your service! Currently, I am a simple web designer and part-time Disc Jockey. I run my own company called Basic Concept. Soccer, waterpolo, cycling and fishing are my main hobbies at the moment. Astronomy being the big 'other'.

Observational astronomy, in a casual sense, in a main favourite of mine in the hobby. I have been interested since just before I was 7 years old, and remember seeing Halleys comet in 1985/6. Other parts include space exploration (space shttle anyone? ;) ), planets, meteors, and to an extent exo/astro biology. I also dabble in telescope making. So far, I have made an 8 inch reflector, working on a second one, and modified a 3 inch reflector. My future plan is to meld the pair of 8 inchers into 1 giant set of 8 inch F6 binoculars.

I also like giving lectures in many aspects of the hobby, to the point that some say I love the sound of my own voice! I also want to get into astrophotography, but I have plenty of time to learn that yet.

I have been involved with Tullamore A.S. since I was 11 years old, in 1990 (you do the maths for my age! :P ), and I am currently, among other things, its Secretary. I would love to one day hope to see TAS become strong enough to knock the socks off of fellow observatory sites like Dunsink, Cork, and Armagh!

:D

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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13 years 3 months ago #31239 by Frank Ryan
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Hi all.

I'm a relative newbie to this board so here go's.

After watching the first Space Shuttle 'Columbia' blast off at the age of 8
I was hooked on anything to do with space or astronomy.

Subsequent birthday & Christmas presents came thick and fast in the
shape of lavishly illustrated young persons guide to 'stargazing'.

I can clearly remember the excitement of seeing a partial solar eclipse one summer
in the early eighty's & then Halley's comet a few years later.

Fast forward...
In the last few years I've started getting back into regular observing.

The thing to really kick it off again for me was seeing the total solar ecplise of '99 from a boat
just off the Brittany coast.
Such an awesome experience!!!
I was sooo gutted I couldn't make the trip to Turkey this year. :cry:
Oh well.. I've my spot selected for USA 2017!


more recently, I joined the Shannonside Astronomy Club and I must say,
it's really great to meet like-minded people...there is nothing like a club
environment to bolster your interest in this hobby.


I'm starting to get into astrophotograpy...It's a learning curve for sure
but thanks to the wealth of experience and helpfulness from
members on this site, it makes the curve a lot less steep!


So... for bread and butter,
I work as a salesman & make stained glass in my studio.
for fun,
I surf (in the ocean! :wink: ) , play guitar in a skate-punk band
and astronomy....or as my other half puts it....
"get's up in the middle of the night to go off down the back of
the airport to look at some 'night-cloud' "

...well, it was a particuraluarly nice pisplay of NLC's! :roll:

My Astrophotography
Shannonside Astronomy Club __________________________________________
Meade ETX-125PE, Bresser 10 x 50 Binos & Me Peepers

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13 years 3 months ago #31245 by johnflannery
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Hi all,

Some very interesting introductions there. Always nice to know what people do outside of astronomy.

Some background info on me . . .

I hail from Dromineer in Co. Tipperary where my folks have a B&B but have been in the Big Smoke (Dublin) since 1987. My day job is as a computer programmer but dream of the skies constantly :-) This year was the big 40 too :roll:

My interest in astronomy started from a very early age and like the others said, it was through joining a club that the knowledge began to accumulate. I have previously owned two telescopes (5.5 inch Comet Catcher and 80mm Short-Tube refractor) but find that binoculars are my thing now :-)

My first club was actually in the UK when I lived there during the 1980s though the main interest at the time was as a competive cyclist with a Sussex-based club. Sigh, those were the glory days of Kelly, Roche, Early, Kimmage, et al, remember . . . I'm still passionate about cycling regardless of the doping controversies, though thanks to Uncle Arthur I now weigh about 6 stone more than my racing weight :-)

Besides astronomy, I'm involved in a couple of children's charities in Dublin and Special Olympics Ireland. One of the children's charities involves doing a DJ stint once a week -- watch out Seanie! My highlight with Special Olympics (and there have been many) was being asked to be part of the group of 4 people to raise the Olympics Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games in Croke Park in 2003 . . . a moment never to forget.

My main interests in astronomy are the sky with the unaided eye, exploring some of the more unusual nooks and crannies of astronomical history, and deep sky observing.

. . . oh yes, still single too :lol: :lol: :lol:

All the best,

John

John Flannery ( aurorawatcher - at * gmail - dot * com ... remove hyphens/asterisks/spaces for email)
The chicken's motive for crossing the road would not be questioned in an ideal world

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13 years 3 months ago #31299 by DaveGrennan
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Yo!

I've been interested in astronomy since I was knee high! I remember sneaking outside on clear nights just to gaze up at the stars, until my parents caught me and I was just given a heavier coat and 'Ten more minutes'

I'm 35 1/4 years old now and married to Carol for 7 years. I'm based in Raheny, Dublin and work as an 'Information Security Analyist' for CIE.

My main astronomical interests surround astrophotography and in many ways the equipment surrounding the hobby. I love nothing better than cracking open cameras and other astro electronics to make them do things they weren't originally designed to do! I still get a great kick out of a dark clear sky and big dob!

I have just finished building a 'roll off roof' backyard observatory which house a Celestron C9.25" SCT. I also have long term loans of a 16" and 21" dobs.

Like Seanie, I seem to like the sound of my own voice (somebodys gotta) as I have given many talks on the hobby over the years. What I love about this hobby is that you never stop learning and interacting with other amateurs on this board is such a great way to do just that.

I am a member of both the South Dublin AS and Astronomy Ireland.

As well as astronomy and science in general, my other main hobbies are electronics, flight simulation and almost up there with astronomy is my beloved Arsenal FC.

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
www.webtreatz.com
Equipment List here

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13 years 3 months ago #31302 by dave_lillis
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Well,
I remember been walked home as a very young kid by my uncle one summer evening (~1979) when I looked up and saw these bright lights in the sky, he told me they were stars, and I was hooked. Looking back I think they were the summer triangle, blue and brilliant.
I've been interested in astronomy since then and remember voyager passing Saturn back in early 80s, my first scope was a 30x30 "chemist" telescope back then, if you managed to see the street light through it you were doing well. :lol:

Then in the mid/late 80s I got a tasco 60mm scope for christmass, a grand nice little scope. I then joined SAC (then LAC) where I got a loan of the a 13" Dob and ended up having it for nearly 5 years!, it was just amazing to use what was then a massive scope, not so big these days.

During the mid 90s, astronomy took a back seat for a few years but I got back into it in 1997. In mid 2000, I got a 12" Lx200 which I still have to this day, its my main observatory scope. I built the observatory between 2002-2005 in the back garden, many say it was an unusual decision given the light pollution, it really came down to either sell the scope or build an observatory for it, as it was just too much effort to set up every night from scratch and it had nearly go to the point where it was never used.
Some of my neighbours just "love" the captured UFO. :lol:

As for myself, I live in Limerick city between Thomand Park and the Gaelic Grounds. I work in I.T. and have some electronics knowledge, this has been very usefull when fixing scope problems and making little trinkets for the hobby.

I'm in this hobby for the enjoyment factor, its great for unwinding after a long day, I dabble in some astrophotography but have found that it can be very time absorbing and that you need to keep looking at the sky aswell, or else your knowledge of it will dim.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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13 years 3 months ago #31378 by AstroGirl
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Hi,
I've been interested in the night sky since I was little. But it's only been in the last 2 years that I've been obsessed with this hobby.
I started off using the kids 60mm refractor and upgraded to a 10" dob last year.
While it isn't the ideal scope for Astrophotography, that is what I enjoy doing most. I use an elderly Panasonic Digital Video camera afocally and have captured some not too bad pics of Jupiter.
I look forward to learning more about your Northern skies.

Jeanette

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13 years 3 months ago #31528 by carlobeirnes
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Hi,

I'm new to these boards so I thought I'd say a few words here.

My name is Carl O'Beirnes. I live in balgriggan co.dublin. I've been interested in astronomy since i was a kid (and i'm still a big kid at heart).

Currently my main scope is a Celesctron CGE 14" SCT. I also use a piggybacked Celestron ED80. I've been doing planetary imaging for a while and looking forward to getting into deep sky stuff soon.

I've just finished building my roll off backyard observatory here (after helping Dave Grennan build his).

I'm looking forward to learning loads from you guys and hopefully sharing some of my experiences too.

Carl O’Beirnes,
Scopes and Space Ltd,
Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Centre,
Swords, Co Dublin,
Ireland.
www.scopesandspace.ie/
www.facebook.com/scopesandspace
twitter.com/ScopesandSpace
www.youtube.com/user/ScopesandSpace

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13 years 3 months ago #31532 by albertw
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Since I started this thread I gues I should post something!

Like many others I got interested in Astronomy as a child. I've many memories of my Dad taking me out into the garden to look at things in binoculars, including Comet Halley in 1986.

Another memory that sticks with me was my first view of Saturn in a telescope. The scope was a 3" reflector that had a flimsy stand, which I'd balanced on a garden table. It was a borrowed scope and whoever had had it beforehand had tried to wash the mirrors clean! But still, I somehow managed to get to see the rings drift by through the field of view. Fantastic.

I only got a telescope a few years back, a 10" schmidt newtonian reflector. Its great for wide field deep sky work, but works well on all objects. I've tried my hand at astrophotography with various levels of success. Now I've a coronado PST to play with also.

My main interest in astronomy lie with the physics. So I'm currently working on a masters in astronomy. This suits our cold and cloudy climate quite well!

I'm a member of several astronomy clubs though I'm mainly active in the South Dublin AS. I'm also a former member of Astronomy Ireland.

I live in South Dublin, work for Sun Microsystems, and a supporter and member of Shamrock Rovers F.C.

Cheers,
~Albert

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Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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13 years 3 months ago #31691 by cobyrne
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As seems to be the trend, I got interested in astronomy as a child. I can still remember my Dad pointing out the Milky Way one evening, and telling me that the reason why it looked the way it did, and the reason why it encircled the sky, was because it was the galaxy we were in! I guess it instilled in me a deep sense of place in the universe.

I can also remember, at age 10 or so, reading that there would be a total solar eclipse on 11 Aug 1999 that would pass not too far from home. I figured that I would be 30 years old on the day, and so I made a promise to myself to make every effort see that eclipse.

So in 1998, I met Brian Seales, who was organising the AI trip to see the eclipse, and I've been eclipse-chasing ever since ( http://www.ecliptomaniacs.com ). Eclipse-chasing is my major contact with astronomy at the moment.

By day, I'm a computer programmer for a company that does big gaming machines. By night, unfortunately, being in the city centre, with just about no view of the sky, and no car (ATM), I can only satisfy my astronomical leanings by writing software about it! On ecliptomaniacs.com, you will find an on-line javascript eclipse calculator, as well as one for your mobile phone, that I wrote. I'm currently modifying the javascript one for publication on the NASA eclipse web pages. I have some other projects on the go - like a portable (I hope) weather satellite image receiver.

Finally, I was a student at UCG trying to get a PhD for a few years. During that time, I had the fantastic experience of using what was at the time the world's fifth largest telescope (the WHT on La Palma), and I was also the co-discoverer of the first optical counterpart of an extragalactic pulsar (whatever that means! :))

Oh, and like othere here, I'm single :).

Chris.

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13 years 2 months ago #32626 by jeyjey
Hi all.

I'm Jeff Young, a transplanted Yank. Married an Irish girl and spent the next decade going back and forth between Ireland and California. Woke up one morning to find the California house sold and all my belongings on a boat. I guess I'm here to stay....

So far, I'm mostly into the observational aspects of the hobby. I also enjoy the physics (I was a physics major at University of Michigan before dropping out and getting swept up in the desktop computer revolution).

I now live a bit north of Drogheda in County Louth and work for Adobe Systems (I'm an architect of the PDF format). Other hobbies include downhill skiing, historic building conservation, and I'm trying to learn the fiddle.

Cheers,
-- Jeff

Nikon 18x70s / UA Millennium                              Colorado:
Solarscope SF70 / TV Pronto / AP400QMD             Coronado SolarMax40 DS / Bogen 055+3130
APM MC1610 / Tak FC-125 / AP1200GTO               Tak Mewlon 250 / AP600EGTO

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12 years 10 months ago #39155 by phoenix
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Hi to all,

I was first hooked as a kid by my dad who took me out and showed me all the constellations and with the help of my uncles 10x50 binoculars I was an addict. For a long time I thought that 10x50s were the ultimate goal and did not know about telescopes. Anyway I went to University at QUB Belfast and got a degree in Geology.
I got a job working in Omagh and then got transfered to Portugal which had lovely clear skies. I saw my first daylight meteor on the way back from Arbeost to Montomor O Novo. It was fairly spectacular since it broke up into about 3 pieces as I watched.
I eventually ended up working in Africa for a Dublin firm and a mate bought me a book (which I still use) as a going away present. The Southern Cross was amazing, as was the Magellanic Cloud however I was most amazed by the fact that the Plough was upside down. At this point I decided that when I stopped living out of a suitcase and settled down I would buy a good scope.
I moved back to Ireland in 2000 and got married. In 2005 I turned 40 and that was my excuse to buy a Meade 10" LX200 GPS. I then did an OU course in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences and was awarded the certifaicate last year.
I have now moved out of Belfast to a fairly dark site and have started imaging. The set up needs some work but every minute out there makes up for missed years.

Kieran

Kieran
16" ODK (incoming), Mesu Mount 200, APM TMB 80mm, SXV H16, SXV H9
J16 An Carraig Observatory
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12 years 9 months ago #39497 by griffinneil
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Hi everyone,
My Name is Neil aged 24 and im from Cork. Ive just taken up astronomy....have been a discovery channel sofa addict for ages, and finnaly got up and bought myself a telescope. its not in no way top of the range but does the job. the weather has been quite bad since i got it , so have only had 1 or 2 good nights out with it!! My first object i took a look at was the moon, that first image...i knew id be hooked!! Have been doing alot of web searching for info and once im up and viewing regulaly i shall loads of questions for the bullition board.

So thats it for now...... talk to ye all soon...

Neil

"The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe."
- Peter de Vries

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another” Plato

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12 years 9 months ago #39500 by dmcdona
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Welcome Neil - glad you're hooked. If you've any questions or need any help, just holler!

By the way, maybe give the Cork lads a shout:

uk.geocities.com/astronomycork/

and join up. They have an observing session this cominf Friday night. You'll get loads of help and they'll look after you.

Cheers
Dave

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12 years 9 months ago #40474 by johnomahony
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Hi

I am fairly new to these boards so I thought I would introduce myself. My name is John O'Mahony and I have only recently taken up the hobby again after many years. I was hooked again after the excellent IFAS trip to Turkey in 2006. I was interested in the hobby form a young age. I still remember my first pair of binocular which I got for Xmas at the age of 13 looking at the skies over Bray Co Wicklow where I originally hail from( I still have the Panorama 10x50s). My interest drove me towards a career in the sciences and I studied physics and chemistry at third level. I moved overses for about eight years in which time astronomy took a back seat. It got rekindled again when I had the chance to study for a PhD in Australia and it was there that I bought my first telescope -a meade 2080B SCT. The skies down under are only incredible. I returned to Ireland in 1999 with my wife (whom I met in Australia) and have been in the Limerick area ever since. As I am hitting the big "40" I had permission to purchase a CGE 11 scope recently.
I am a member of the Shannon AC and am looking forwad to trying my hand at astrophtography.
During the day I work as an industrial chemist/manager. My other passions are fishing (any excuse to go out), travelling and music. I am currently working in my spare time to obtain a diploma in music performance by the end of the year.
My list of equipment includes 8 inch meade SCT, Orion shorttube 80; CGE 11 SCT :? 10x50 (x3) and 15x70 binoculars.I have been ordered to stop collecting!

John

The Lord giveth, the Revenue taketh away. (John 1:16)

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12 years 9 months ago #41034 by dave11
Hi,

Just joined - not aware of this forum :oops: (must get out more!!)

Late 40's and interested for many years.

Have a fair chunk of armour including N11gps, 2 Refs and 2 Refls and other goodies. Have recently completed warm room and trying to get as much as I can remote (live under reasonable dark skys). As usual I'm considering growing a few more inches so some gear may go.

David

....................................

Celestron 11 Edge HD OTA / CGE Pro mount

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12 years 9 months ago #41036 by voyager
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Hi,

Just joined - not aware of this forum :oops: (must get out more!!)

Late 40's and interested for many years.

Have a fair chunk of armour including N11gps, 2 Refs and 2 Refls and other goodies. Have recently completed warm room and trying to get as much as I can remote (live under reasonable dark skys). As usual I'm considering growing a few more inches so some gear may go.

David


Welcome aboard David!

Mind my asking how you found us ... I'm just curious as to how people do find us on the web.

Cheers,

Bart.

My Home Page - www.bartbusschots.ie

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12 years 9 months ago #41037 by dave11
Thanks,

ehhhhh it was Carl O'B who directed me. I've been on Cloudy Nights for years and I never thought there was similar format local. Am annoyed having missed out up to now but hope to contribute in the future.

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Celestron 11 Edge HD OTA / CGE Pro mount

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12 years 9 months ago #41041 by carlobeirnes
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Hi Dave,
Welcome to ifas. :D

Carl O’Beirnes,
Scopes and Space Ltd,
Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Centre,
Swords, Co Dublin,
Ireland.
www.scopesandspace.ie/
www.facebook.com/scopesandspace
twitter.com/ScopesandSpace
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12 years 9 months ago #41048 by dave_lillis
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Hi Dave,
its never too late to join in, I hope you find these boards useful.
Good luck with the scope upgrade.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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12 years 8 months ago #42552 by ConanMcDonnell
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hi,

my name is Conan Mc Donnell.
I'm based in Limerick and have always had a passing interest in astronomy. I felt it was time to increase my passion and knowledge of the skies so i recently bought an 8" Newtonian reflector (Skywatcher 200/1000) with an EQ5 mount.

On the First night i took it outside i was fortunate to gaze at beautiful Saturn with the moon all in the same field of view. It was truly amazing.

I really enjoy photography as a hobby and i'm hoping to bring these two passions together.

I have managed (albeit very roughly) to photograph Saturn using a Sony 7.2mp Compact camera held up to the 10mm eyepiece.

Like any beginner i have a million questions. I haven't even polar aligned my scope yet and only figured out how to collimate it the other day.

I look forward to evryone's input and clear skies in the future....!

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12 years 8 months ago #42554 by Matthew C
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Hi conan and welcome to the boards! I still havent polar aligned my lx90 yet either! And i havnt a flute of how to collimate it either! So were all in it together :o These guys on the boards are great and they mind answering ANY question!

Have you joined a local club yet?

Welcome again!
Matthew

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. . . .
T. S. Eliot
A wise man....

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12 years 8 months ago #42556 by ConanMcDonnell
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Hey Matthew,

I haven't joined anywhere yet but i'll prob go to the next meeting of the shannonside club in April

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