What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #87938 by hal9000
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Hi all!

Long time lurker first time poster :P
Always had an interest in astronomy even after many years with a toy TASCO refractor :laugh:
But this year trying to look at Jupiter made me take the plunge and go for a 6" SCT (talk about a jump!!) and Im just blown away with what im seeing! also this astrophotography malarky is higly addictive!!

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8 years 8 months ago #88207 by seawatch
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Hi,to everyone first time on site. My name is John and I live in Marino D3. I am currently awaiting delivery of my first scope. A XLT 150 Newtonian Reflector. If anyone has any advice on what eyepieces I should get and whether or not, I should get a cheshier for collimation, I would be greatful. Thanks to all for now, John.

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8 years 8 months ago #88209 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome aboard John, an XLT Newt is a nice scope to have in your growing collection! ;) A set of Plossl eyepieces would be just fine. You can get a series of them made by Celestron to suit the XLT 150 fine. Go for sizes like 32mm, 25mm, 15mm and 9mm. I don't have a Cheshire so I can't comment on that but a good laser collimator will help.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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8 years 8 months ago #88212 by mjc
Welcome John

Hope you enjoy the scope when it arrives.

Don't be tempted to go for too high a magnification when you choose your eyepieces. For one thing its easier finding targets with lower magnification.

I'm sure that there are many here that will be able to give you good advice.
Never be shy to ask a question - its a supportive community.

Regards
Mark C.

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8 years 6 months ago #89162 by Tonio50
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Hi

My name is Tony and have just joined this forum. I'm a professional pianist and senior lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. My hobbies are Golf and motorbikes.

Astronomy is something I have always had on my list of things to get into and now is as good a time as any.

After reading up about scopes I think the NexStar 8SE would be a good start albeit somewhat expensive! I've always believed in the old saying "buy cheap, buy twice"

Any advice would be very welcome

Cheers

Tony

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8 years 6 months ago #89164 by stepryan
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Tonio50 wrote: Hi

My name is Tony and have just joined this forum. I'm a professional pianist and senior lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. My hobbies are Golf and motorbikes.

Astronomy is something I have always had on my list of things to get into and now is as good a time as any.

After reading up about scopes I think the NexStar 8SE would be a good start albeit somewhat expensive! I've always believed in the old saying "buy cheap, buy twice"

Any advice would be very welcome

Cheers

Tony


hi tony,
welcome to the forum. the best bit of advice is before spending on a telescope it to find a club in your area and go along to a meeting. if you get to know other amateurs and get to look through their scopes it will give you a better idea what the scopes can do. this would be the best way to start as you get to see before you buy. the scope you are looking at is a good one but you would be better dipping your toes in rather than spending alot of money on something you may change your mind about later.
generally most beginners would be advised to start with binoculars as they are relavitely cheap and they can be used for more than one purpose. also with a wider field of view you get to know where objects in the sky are relative to each other. this is an advantage when you finally get a scope as you already have a sense of where things are and their size in relation to each other.
stephen.
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8 years 4 months ago #89646 by marieleahy121
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Hello,

I'm Marie, I'm a primary school teacher in Leinster.

I'm brand new to this business. Always liked looking up, but only now started to want to look further (results of the recession perhaps? Escapism maybe?!).

Im as green as you can get, joined the site for helpful tips on beginning with astronomy. For starters Id love advice on what equipment to start off with.

-Marie

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8 years 4 months ago #89647 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Marie,

You're very welcome to IFAS's online community! A quick answer to your question about starting off with something, try a pair of binoculars. Aldi/Lidl have had 10 X 50's for sale a couple times a year, they'd be a good buy at c. €20. Btw, the numbers mean as follows: '10' is the magnification and '50' is the diameter of each light-collecting objective lens. A pair of 10 X 60's will yield the same magnification but a slightly larger field of view. Lidl currently has a pair of (I think it is) 8 X 30's.

If we can help out or if you can't find what you are looking for among the forums, just ask!

Tip: it helps to put the question in the appropriate forum so that it can be easily found by others in the future by topic/keyword search. That's how these forums have helped so many people in the last 7 years!

Clear Skies!

Seanie.

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

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8 years 4 months ago #89648 by Derek Davey
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Hi Marie
welcome

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8 years 3 months ago #90124 by beagle
Hi all , I am new to astronomy from a little over a year ago , i was always interested but one day i was reading the astronomy section in the sunday times and it said to look for venus in the east in the evening , and i searched and it was there !!! :ohmy: ......then i caught the bug , and ive had it since. i bought a pair of 10x50s binos , then 20x80s , and then a 80mm cheap go to , and then a 300mm newtonian on a go to equatorial mount . the last few months ive been getting into astrophotography and enjoying every minute of it (except the ones where everything malfunctions ), so im glad to find an irish online astronomy group , to make contact with like minded people and get advise , thanks all , John

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8 years 3 months ago #90125 by peterako
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Welcome to a different world of late nights and early mornings John :)
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8 years 3 months ago #90136 by skyxie
Hi everyone !
My name is sky . I'm a student .
I'm a relative newbie to this board so here go's.
Some very interesting introductions there. Always nice to know what people do outside of astronomy.
I've been interested in astronomy since I was a little girl ! I remember sneaking outside on clear nights just to gaze up at the stars, until my parents caught me to go to bed . Night sky is mysterious, so I can not give up exploration. I want to get more secrets here.

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8 years 2 months ago #90152 by peterako
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Welcome skyxie!

I think everyone's very quite due to the serious weather induced depression that is causing cloudy skies and.....astronomer's depression :)

Hope you get to explore again soon!

Peter

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8 years 2 months ago #90174 by beagle
welcome sky , i am a newbie to the hobby too but am completly fascinated by it , if you need any advice the little i can give i will give to you , so good luck with your exploration..... :)

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8 years 2 months ago #90203 by skyxie
LOL
We can share the exploration together !
It's will be an happy journey.

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8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #90336 by ezPZ64
Hi everyone,
My name is Richard.
Ever since I was a child I have loved watching the night sky. I'm far from being a child now (some would disagree!) so two years ago I took the plunge and purchased a telescope,(8inch Schmidt-Cassegrain). It is a basic model, no frills, and it came with wedge and tripod. Setting it up became a chore and often the clouds would roll in just after everything had been lugged outside and the whole shebang assembled. I decided to build a small observatory and started work on it last February. It is now complete and my scope is permanently mounted on a good solid pier. I am really looking forward to getting a lot of use from it especially during the winter months.I am lucky to live in South Tipperary where we have really good dark skies. Roll on those cold, clear,frosty nights...brrr!

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8 years 2 months ago #90337 by peterako
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Would love to see pics of the Observatory!

I think I've seen only a handful of clear nights this 'Summer'....

Fingers crossed they re-appear soon!

Clear skies,
Peter

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8 years 2 months ago #90370 by Lejcyn
Hi all :)

My name is Mariusz and I'm from Poland.
I'm preffer to observing the lunar occultations (central or grazes :) ).
I have a 70/700 refractor and Meade ETX 90/1250 on the Celestron SLT mountage and a lot stuff to occultations. :scope:

Greetings
Lejcyn

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8 years 2 months ago #90374 by peterako
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Welcome Mariusz!

Sorry about the (typically) cloudy Irish skies...that seem to be a bit more persistent this Summer.

Clear skies,
Peter

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8 years 1 month ago #90383 by beagle
hi Richard , wellcome to the site , I too built a observatory over the winter for a 12 inch newtonian and I too am from south tipperary ,near Cahir , I didnt go the solid pier route yet , still on tripod , does for now , hey , we might even hook up sometime , john....

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8 years 1 month ago #90384 by beagle
welcome mariusz to the site , good luck with the occultations , not something i know much about but sounds interesting , john

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8 years 1 month ago #90416 by Tomk1
Long time lurker, don't do any observation, as have a (12"Dob) which is tedious to use, tracking :roll:
Studied Physics/Astrophysics so more into the science.
look forward to adding something to the forum.

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8 years 1 month ago #90430 by dmolloy
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Welcome long time lurker....don't forget that this community is not just a virtual one... contact your nearest club and enjoy the company of semi-normal people

regards

Declan

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8 years 1 month ago #90577 by John_Walshe
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Hi Folks,
I've made a few posts already and have just realised I have not introduced myself officially!

This time last year I eventually decided to scratch a long term itch and take up astronomy properly. I'm now a member of Cork Astronomy Club. I live in the countryside near Coachford, 20km west of Cork city and am lucky to have quite dark skys to look at(when it's not cloudy :( ).
Equipment wise I have an Meade etx70 and a Skywatcher 250p newt. The latter is on a home made portable pier which I have just finished in time for this season of viewing. My next project is to build a motorised mount for the 10" newt above. Just deciding the style of mount is the biggest prob!

John Walshe

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8 years 3 weeks ago #90733 by wbean
Hello to all.
A little about myself. I'm an animator from Cork and I've recently fallen in love with all things astronomical.
I've always had an interest but now that I've come to really appreciate astronomy, I'm hugely looking forward
to posting and getting involved here.

Don't be a stranger!

Will

www.skelligstarparty.com
Live each week like it's space week!

OTA: WO 72mm Megrez, Skymax 127
Mount: HEQ5 Pro w/ EQMOD

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