What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #75872 by Seanie_Morris
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Gareth_OFlaherty wrote:

I think my nearest society is in Tullamore, which isn't too far, so I might look into getting in touch with them.


*waves hands wildly!* I just happen to be TAS Secretary, and Declan TAS Committee Member... :whistle:

Seanie.

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

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10 years 6 months ago #75874 by Gareth_OFlaherty
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Seanie...watch this space...I will be in touch...:)

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

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10 years 6 months ago #75876 by dmolloy
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"Watch this space"......:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ......sorry:blush: can't help myself:unsure:

Yes, come along Gareth, as a general rule we meet up first Tuesday of every month in Tullamore. We are currently organising our annual star party for this spring which you may like to attend....and as it is International Year of Astronomy. we will be doing some outreach work..i.e setting up in various locactions for the benifit of local communities....so lots happening this year

Declan

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10 years 1 month ago #78311 by Sophro
Hello folks.

My names Sean and I have been visiting the IFAS site and reading the forum for a while now. I've always been interested in the mysteries of the sky; although I've only recently decided to begin observing for myself. By "observing" I mean investing in some kit.

I'm in my early 20's and I currently study in Liverpool. My hometown is Derry although my parents now live in Donegal. The area they live is pretty rural and far away from any of the dreaded light pollution. With plenty of space, no light pollution and a decent beginners telescope it shouldn't be long until I become familiar with the sky. My main interests up to now have been the moon and the brighter stars. I'm hoping extend this to seeing nebulae and other galaxies once I get started.

The group who post on here seem like regular and decent people. Just my kind of company. If I've got any questions I'll be sure to ask. In the mean time, if anyone from the Northwest knows off any regular astronomy related events...be sure to let me know!

All the best,

Sean

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10 years 1 month ago #78321 by michaeloconnell
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Welcome Sean! Good to have you on board!
If you have any questions, always feel free to ask.
The people here are more than happy to help in any way they can.

Clear Skies,

Michael.

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10 years 1 month ago #78337 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome aboard Sean! How often do you get home to Donegal to get those dark skies in your sights?


Seanie.

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

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10 years 1 month ago #78603 by Sophro
Cheers for the welcome lads!

I try and get home as often as I can, but it's gotten harder and harder as the works been piled on;)

I still don't have a telescope yet, but for the past few weeks I've been using my 10x50 binoculars to observe the cosmos during the clear skys ;) It's been a good week so far...roll on the summer :)

I'm now able to spot most constellations, and some other formations with the help Stellarium!

Is there much of an astonomy following in the Northwest??

Good luck ;)

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10 years 1 month ago #78604 by DeirdreKelleghan
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How about a lend of a telescope to get ye started ?

I have two on on offer right now , one a 70 mm Refractor and the other a 4 inch GoTo NextStar.


Where are you ? are you interested in having one ?

The catch is , you give a commitment to show the public ( people in your village) something in the sky ie public outreach, sharing the sky,when you are ready.

Then you give it back to me when you are fed up with it , to pass on again to somebody else who loves and wishes a look at the sky.

Details.....................

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Deirdre Kelleghan

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10 years 1 month ago #78608 by Mullins
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Hiyas all,

Just a quick intro from myself.

I am living in North Kildare and recently purchased a Celestron NexStar 8SE. I had a small telescope when I was younger but nothing major.

Currently I am taking every opportunity to get out and view the skies, mainly watching the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter at the moment.
Just getting used to finding stuff again using the GoTo and Stellarium.

Just had another late night and have a few questions which I will post up tomorrow.

Cyas around!

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10 years 1 month ago #78610 by michaeloconnell
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Welcome aboard Mullins!

Michael.

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10 years 1 week ago #79180 by efla
Hi all,

Apologies, I should have posted here before inflicting all my questions on you!

I'm based in Maynooth, work in social science at NUIM where I am a member of Astro 2 (unfortunately not as active as I would like). I began as a civil engineer a number of years back before taking up geography and my current home in sociology, and have finally found something to combine my love of surveying, basic physics, geography and sitting down :)

I dont know where anything is in the sky so I'm orienting myself with some 10x50's and a compass when the horrible semi-coastal nighttime haze allows. I have fond memories of watching the moon through my dads binoculars and look forward to returing this winter with a telescope as soon as I can decide which one to get.

I'm reading cosmos for inspiration, astronomy for dummies for the basics, and trying to work through your excellent handbook binocular handbook.

I'm intrigued by the (Fl) variable in the Drake equation, as it seems to be one for the sociologists :)

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10 years 1 week ago #79184 by dave_lillis
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Hi efla,
Welcome, I hope you find the board fun and informative.
Any Qs, just asks.

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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10 years 1 week ago #79236 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome along here Elfa.
Summertime is usually a quite time here on the boards...
still... if your into observational astronomy then
no better place to be...

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

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10 years 1 week ago #79240 by efla
Thanks!

Bad time to be getting into it properly I suppose... Frustrating that I cant put the reading into practice buts its a pleasure to read up on it all the same

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10 years 1 week ago #79241 by Seanie_Morris
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efla wrote:

Thanks!

Bad time to be getting into it properly I suppose... Frustrating that I cant put the reading into practice buts its a pleasure to read up on it all the same


Maybe it's not so bad so efla, you can do your reading and research (and practice) during summer, and then when Winter comes with THEE skies to observe, you'll be ready.

Seanie.

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

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9 years 11 months ago #79574 by woody
Hello All,

Caeilte is my real name but sometimes go by woody. Been member of AI for a few years but now movin on (another story).
Im based in Louth.

Have always been interested in obversation of the skies and do dabble a little.

Have a 9.25" SCT and would like to get to use it more. (small kids and long work days mean not a lot of time at night to get out apart from sleep)

Would love to get into photoastronomy.

Anyone based round Louth to hook to with (looking for lots of advise)

Woody

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9 years 11 months ago #79591 by Frank Ryan
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Welcome along Woody.

woody wrote:

Have a 9.25" SCT and would like to get to use it more. (small kids and long work days mean not a lot of time at night to get out apart from sleep)


Nice scope,
I hear ya with regards to time constraints...
forget sleep! Especially 'round this time of year.
:silly:

woody wrote:

Would love to get into photoastronomy.

Lots of guys here are experts and very willing to help out newcomers
get into that kind of stuff...

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

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9 years 10 months ago #80692 by JohnRy
Hi All,

Being cruising these forms for a couple months now even asked a few questions so I said it was about time to introduce myself. I'm 27 from cork married with 2 kids and a refrigeration & air-conditioning engineer by trade. I now specialize in controls and currently work for a Cork company, that manufacturer specialized air conditioning equipment, writing software for programmable controllers.

Interests besides astronomy are photography and anything to do with fiddling with computers and such including programming.

Always had an interest in astronomy but it was only recently that I thought of learning what I was actually looking up at at night time. On advice from here forwent getting a telescope to start with and got a pair of 10 X 50 binos good advice and can now pick out some of the constellations and have seen some of the easier stuff through them. Also got a loan of a Meade ETX 90 which is a goto scope but the Alz tracking doesn't work so can only really get it pointed at the planets and at low magnification. Trying to point it with anymore accuracy is impossible. Hoping to get 8inch Dob around Christmas time(money gods willing). At the moment just waiting for mid september when the first meedting if Cork Astronomy Club is so I can join up there.

Well thats me summed up so I guess thanks for reading and I'll see you on the forms.

John.

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9 years 10 months ago #80693 by dmcdona
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Hey John - welcome aboard/to the madhouse! Photography and computers - you're in the perfect place... Lots of that here for sure.

Good luck with the Cork lads and hope you thoroughly enjoy it down there. And even more luck on the Money Gods being kind to you. If you get stuck though, I'm sure there'd be a few offers from the Cork lads to let you have a go at their kit...

Cheers
Dave

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9 years 10 months ago #80696 by mjc
Welcome John

Do you know if the Alt failed or has it always been dodgy?
If latter then could be the clutch not engaging properly.
My ETX 70 was problematical. I'd really have to overtighten to get te ALT to move under motor but used to jerk and stick then. The Az was always fine. Now ETX 90 might be similar mechanisms being reasonably close in size.

I unscrewed both large plastic ALT nuts and removed the two circular plates. Cleaned the surfaces and then applied lithium grease to contact areas (I bought a small tube - from Halfords I think) then recombined and system worked far better - didn't have to overtighten though did need occassional reapplication. I note you say "loaned" so I'd get the buy in of the owner before doing the above.

Again - welcome.

Mark

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9 years 10 months ago #80697 by mjc
Oh - when I say contact areas I mean the telescope facing sides of the discs - not between the discs and large black knobs.

Mark

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9 years 10 months ago #80702 by JohnRy
Cheers lads!
Hi Mark,

Ya I thought about opening it up to have a look the only problem is the base which houses to Alz motor and bearings is in a sealed housing and can't find any way to access it. I'm sure it is something simple as I can hear the motor turning and it had just being acting like you described below jerking and then sticking but Meade have made it impossible to access!! This scope could well be a 70 too can't remember if he said 70 or 90 and it's not written anywhere on the scope itself.

John.

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9 years 10 months ago #80704 by mjc
To determine whether it is the ETX 70 or 90 you should be able to look at the front lens perimeter - the ETX 70 is clearly labeled and I assume the 90 too. The 70 or 90 is the diameter of the front lens in mm so you can measure it with a ruler and work out what you have if you can't find the designation.

From re-reading your post I'm not sure which axis is failing - is it the ALT (up/down) or Azimuth (left / right)? If the former then my previous comment may help and its trivial work. If it is the left / right axis then it is more complicated. I dismantled mine but there was never the intention of reassembling (I use mine as a finder scope and at some point will have a go at using it to guide). The problem there is the base nut is plastic and there is a nylon tube (bearing?) which will probably shear - as mine did. I believe that my scope will reassemble but I don't have any intentions of doing so.

I moved on from my ETX 70 to an 8" Dob (prior to disassembly) and am pretty happy. I later purchased a german equatorial mount and I now alternate between the latter two configurations depending on how much hassle I wish to undertake.

Good luck with the Cork Astronomy Club - I'm sure you'll be in good company.

Mark

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9 years 10 months ago - 9 years 10 months ago #80707 by JohnRy
Ya sorry meant to write AZ instead of Alz. It's the left right tracking thats gone on it. Will check which scope it but as soon as I get outta work today leaving for kerry mountains for the weekend hoping for some clear skys. I think I'm just going to have to wait until december when I hope to get my own 8" Dob and stick with the Binos and limited planet viewing until then. At least I learning my way round the sky before getting my own scope. The guy I borrowed this off I think is going to sometime end up buying a new mount for the scope because it seems pretty good if you could center it on anything. How do you find the ETX 70?

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9 years 10 months ago #80709 by Seanie_Morris
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JohnRy wrote:

At the moment just waiting for mid september when the first meedting if Cork Astronomy Club is so I can join up there.


Hi John,

Welcome to the forums. I'll be at the same meeting (Sept 14th), something about being a guest speaker... make sure you say hi and then we'll have faces to the names!

Seanie.

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

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