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11 years 3 months ago #56306 by Frank Ryan
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Hi Greg.
Welcome.

My goal before the New Year: View Saturn through my Skylux Smile


Let us know how you get on!

My Astrophotography
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11 years 3 months ago #56330 by paulevans
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Welcome Greg!

Saturn's not at its best yet but is a pretty easy catch - if you get up early in the morning! It's currently rising about 2300 and peaking in the south around 0500 - to the naked eye it looks like Regulus has acquired a new twin - through your Skylux (I have one too, from a couple of years back), it will be very obvious which is which!

Good luck!

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11 years 3 months ago #56475 by pj30something
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Hi everybody. This is my 1st post here on IFAS. My name is Paul (you can call me whatever you like) i'm 33 (34 in March) and i live in Killiney (Co. Dublin). My story is the same as many of you in that i started stargazing as a kid using a pair of 7X50 Eikow bins (i still use them).

In the last couple of months my interest in astronomy has flared up almost as much as comet Holmes has, so i decided to invest in a new telescope (i used to have a small reflector scope when i was about 13 yrs old but i sent it to an early grave by taking it apart to clean the inside mirrors). I didnt want to spend a lot of money on my "first scope" and i wanted something that was fairly light to carry. I bought a Celestron 90EQ (been too cloudy to use it much lately so i haven't really given it a good test drive YET).

I am also a member of AI.

Looking forward to getting to know you all and browsing the boards here.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 3 months ago #56481 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to the Boards Jim (you did say to call you whatever we like!)

Ah no, Welcome along Paul, hope you enjoy your stay here.

Seanie.

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

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11 years 3 months ago #56484 by pj30something
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Thanks Seanie. Finally nice to be amongst people with a shared interest....and Irish people at that (It's no good an Australian astronomer telling me to look south just after sunset).

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 3 months ago #56563 by dave_lillis
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Hi Paul,
Welcome, we've all had funny "accidents" with scopes over the years, I managed to melt the inside of mine "smoke and all" doing solar projection many many moon ago. :lol:

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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11 years 3 months ago #56574 by pj30something
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Lol thanks Dave for those words of comfort (although i dont recollect laughing too much at the time). I am just surprised that it took me so long to replace the scope. I guess that speaks volumes for the importance of a pair on Bins for the casual observer.

BTW.............Dave i have been admiring your telescope all day (it's a BIG bugger). Any pics to post of what you can see in it?

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 2 months ago #58751 by rossa
I should have wrote this a few days ago but here it is now???
Hi My name is Rossa Im31 I live in north leitrim. Im a paramedic based in the north east of the country. I always had interest in stars and space since i can remember....staying up late as kid to watch patrick moore on the sky at night when ever I was allowed......I am originally from mayo and when I was groing up the internet just was available and no such thing as local clubs....so i never had a chance to really get into it. Well I was lucky enough to get one this christmas from my wife a meade etx 70 AT with autostar (now i know what im looking at) :lo
Its a start and i have an interest in the photography side of it as well I just need to get a lot more equipment but have tried using a web cam etc...Joined the forum to get questions I had answered and learn from other peoples experiences so its all good. Im not in any club at the moment..but may look into it when i get a bit more experience....anyway see ye around great forum!!!

Meade ETX 70AT....and saving

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11 years 2 months ago #58752 by Swanner
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Hey again,

Just spotted this thread after posting last night but might aswell add a bit more info. As with you all i've always been amazed looking up at the sky. I guess what gets me most is trying to get my head around the vast distances, sizes of galaxies, where does space end and so on. Can't say I have any particular area of interest but maybe i'll figure one out in time. Most memorable moments were seeing Halley's comet, a solar eclipse, a giant fireball, Hale-Bopp, a lunar eclipse and countless "shooting stars".

I'm 34, been with Jay (the better half) for 10 years and we have 2 daughters aged 5 and 9. Actually, one of the coolest things about getting the scope has been watching the girls, especially the older one, get really excited about seeing things through it. They were amazed at the detail on the moon and only the other morning I was in trouble for not waking her and getting her out of bed to see the rings on Saturn. Should have kept my mouth shut :wink: She'll see them over the next few weeks i'm sure. Anyway she's constantly asking questions in exactly the same way I did as a kid so I know she's hooked for life :D I went down to my folks house over Christmas and pulled out all my old astronomy books for her, needless to say i've ended up reading them again myself :)

I work in IT, work for a large multinational in the locality and have been there for over 10 years.

My main interests outside astronomy are camping, classic VW's and music (both playing and listening). We love nothing more then taking the kids up the mountains, building a fire and camping out for the weekend. We also spend most of the Summer driving and camping around the country in our 78 combi, taking in as many music festivals as possible along the way. Hoping to head over to the UK this year and drive round the south coast.

I'm very involved in the VW scene and am an admin on type2ireland.org where, just like here, many like minded people meet, share information and organise meet ups and sessions through the year.

Anyway that's it in a nutshell. I look forward to meeting some of you, learning from others and just generally annoying you with stupid questions that you've answered a million times already. Although I promise to use the search function first :lol:

Cheers,

Swanner.

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11 years 2 months ago #58755 by dave_lillis
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Hi Swanner.,
I have to say there is nothing better then seeing the look on a kids face when they see the moon for the first time through a scope, its great to see such enthusiasm.

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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11 years 2 months ago #58773 by Euronymous
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Yes people I'm another new person here. From the north west (Derry/Donegal), unfortunately I don't take much interest in cloud observation so I seem to live in the wrong place. Hopefully next week will clear up a bit! Have some excellent dark skies here, no lights within miles when you're up the bog lands, on the beaches of Inishowen, or even just in the back garden where you can't see your hand in front of you. Don't know anyone else up this direction into astronomy or at least with a scope. I have a 200mm reflector and the usual binoculars etc. Outside of looking through the eyepiece, I am a student, a photographer, and a heavy metal guitarist.

Celestron C8-N (200mm reflector)
Carl Zeiss 10x50's
-Amateur Astronomer, photographer, guitarist, and beer drinker-

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11 years 2 months ago #58804 by pj30something
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Can we all come live with you?

Sounds like ideal conditions.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 2 months ago #58807 by dave_lillis
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Another heavy metal fan, you and Frank (aka barberskum) will get on like a house on fire.!

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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11 years 2 months ago #58812 by Frank Ryan
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Another heavy metal fan


:roll:
Punk Dave...PUNK!!
(and no I don't like the Sex Pistols)

Welcome to the boards Euronymous.

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

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11 years 2 months ago #58813 by pj30something
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I'm a reformed heavy metal fan.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 2 months ago #58816 by dave_lillis
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I'll burn in hell for confusing those 2 music types. :shock:

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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11 years 2 months ago #58826 by Dread

Punk Dave...PUNK!!


And I had you down for the deep thinker and artist type :roll: .

Down with vwls.

Declan
Carl Zeiss Jena 10x50, Bresser Messier R102

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11 years 1 month ago #61746 by tony h
Hi all,

Thought it was about time I introduced myself, as I have been reading these forums for some time now and really enjoy the wealth of information. My name is Tony and I live in Artane, Dublin. Like most people here I have had an interest in astronomy and the night sky for as long as I can remember. I would really like to develop my knowledge of astro photography, I have some experience with web cam imaging and quite happy with some of the results, but hopefully move on to DSLR in the near future. So be prepared for some newbie questions.

Cheers and thanks for a great site.
Tony

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11 years 1 month ago #61860 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome along Tony!

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

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11 years 1 month ago #61862 by Tonybwf
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Hi Tony...Welcome aboard !!

Regards
Tony

"What we do in life echoes in eternity"

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11 years 1 month ago #61863 by Tonybwf
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Hi Tony,

Im new myself this is a great forum...plenty of info and all newbie questions answerd i should know!!!!!

Regards
Tony

"What we do in life echoes in eternity"

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11 years 1 month ago #63661 by BrianMcG
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Hi
Another newbie here.
My Name Brian, I have been interested in astronomy for years, using software from skyglobe to stellarium, but never got around to getting a scope.

I have been reading and learning a lot on these boards for the past few months and finaly got around to signing up.

I have 3 scopes not great but its a start.
I have a 60 mm refractor - Argos job
A 76 mm reflector - Traveler from Aldi
A 70 mm refractor - Meade ETX70 from Lidl

I have the bug now, looking up and relaxing.

I may have some questions to ask from time to time, so I hope I don't overdo it and annoy folks with simple questions.

Hobbies include
Physics of light, Theory of Relativity, General and Special,
Quantum mechanics, Computers and electronics,
General wonderment of the Universe.

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11 years 1 month ago #63692 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome Brian.
You have some good starter scopes there.

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

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11 years 1 month ago #63704 by BrianMcG
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Welcome Brian.
You have some good starter scopes there.


Thanks Frank
As you say starter scopes, I'm just getting to know my way around the real sky as opposed to a computer sky.

The ETX70 is great at finding objects, even if the resolution is not great, its good to know what you are observering. It found Mars for me last December around the 15th which was great, I was then able to view it through my 76mm reflector which gave a better view.

I hope to build up my gear over the next few years,
for now Im getting great enjoyment just looking around the night sky.

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11 years 1 month ago #63707 by joxer66
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Hi another newbie to the boards, and Astronomy in general. Unlike, it seems, the rest of you guys i have no history in actively looking at the stars but from an early age i was fascinated by the Plough for some odd reason and it was the only constellation that i can still recognise whenever i see it (well not really true since joining this board i now know Orion :D ).

its only recently in the last few months or so that i have begun craning my neck upwards and with the help of my entry level bins have been looking at the moon - i still think its awesome that humans have actually gone off world and walked on another celestial body.

i think the percusor for this interest was whilst looking south (orientation of my back garden) i noticed Orion, Mars and due east of Mars i noticed in my peripheral vision a cluster of stars - i got the bins out and had a butchers and i was floored - nothing spectacular really but i was just gobsmacked for a reason i cannot articulate. all those stars clumped together. I know i will see greater and more magnificent things as i descend further into viewing stellar bodies however that first feeling of a flutter in the belly will stay with me always. The moon too holds a fascination for me that i cannot explain - I only have to go look at the moon on clear night and i am at peace - its comforting for some reason. I'm really looking forward to the lunar eclipse

Equipment i have at the moment are a set of bins and a tripod. I'm interested in Astrophotography however i dont see that developing for some time as i want to spend these first few months just gazing and drinking in the wonder of the visible universe. my camera gear at the moment is unsuited for AP (Canon EOS 35mm, compact digital)

myself? well I am domiciled in Lucan, married with two kids and am working for a Financial software company (we are one of the top two companies in the world at what we do). Outside of Work my main interests are soul music sixties fashions,Visual arts, Beat Literature and science in general (jaysus i feel like i'm applying for a job :D )

I'll be looking to get some more kit as this Astro virus spreads and will be asking all manner of questions both technical and informational - my aim as i said earleir is to move into Astrophotography - paricularly of the moon but also of other near earth phenomenon (i reckon theres more than enuf stuff close by to occupy me for the time being)

oh yeah and just to let the mods know i found the board by via google

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