What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

6 years 11 months ago #95664 by paullyie
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Hey Everyone,

My name is Paul and just recently signed up to the forums,
Some great information on here - big thumbs up to all the contributors

I’ve had an interest in astronomy for a few years now, but never had a scope
Received one for my birthday last month...but am a novice....

I live in south Kildare area in a big housing estate, but my back garden is enclosed and can get good views on a clear night (i.e. tonight)

My scope is the National Geographic 525x Mag Newtonian Reflector 76mm
Focal 700mm - Eyepieces (4mm/12.5mm/20mm) - 3 x Barlow - 1.5x image erector

Realistically what can I expect to see with this scope?
What is the best combination of Eyepiece & Barlow etc. should I use?

From the few views I have done over the past few weeks, I can use the 20mm & 12.5mm ok but the 4mm appears to give me little or nothing.
The eyepieces included I’m not sure are the best, even online other users say I should really replace them with better quality eyepieces.

I can get some nice close-ups of the moon
Tonight I could see Jupiter and 3 of its moons, now Jupiter is small but I can just about make out two grey bands/belts across it

I eventually would like to get some shots of the views, if I can find a suitable camera mount.
Any advice/tips/pointers would be much appreciated

Looking forward to getting some valuable info from the forums, and hopefully go to a meet up in the future.
Thanks in advance
Paul

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6 years 11 months ago #95665 by wbean
Hey Paul, welcome to the forum!
We all start somewhere, telescope wise. I haven't had any experience
With The national geographic scopes. A barlow lens might compliment it well though.

If you have a simple digital stills camera or smartphone you could do some afocal astrophotography through your scope. Only planetary work, but that's how I started too.

Will

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

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

BLOG: astronomybox.blogspot.com/

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6 years 11 months ago #95666 by Keith g
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Hi Paul, welcome along to the forums :) I too started out with a similar scope all those years ago. Realistically you will see the brightest of planets and star clusters. Jupiter is really good right now, and try starting with the 'double cluster' in Perseus. Don't expect that the 4mm will perform well as the magnification is very high.

Will has said a lot already regarding the photography and you can throw the moon in as well, especially this week as there are lots of craters and other features on the moon to see.

Get a good starmap to learn your way around the sky, and i'd also recommend a pair of 10x50mm Binoculars, you could get a decent pair for about 50-100 Euros, invaluable when starting out.

And also...this day and age is all about apps on your mobile phone. There are so many available, and many for free too B)

Keith.

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson

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6 years 11 months ago #95670 by RandomPillars
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Welcome to the website Paul.

I haven't had any experience with the N.G. telescopes. Buy yes, open clusters (Pleiades & double cluster are good starts). Keith is right too about the phone apps. Some really good ones out there. Moon globe (for telling you what you are looking at on the moon) and stars (for giving you a starter on the constellations) are good free ones. If you want to spend about €3, Star Walk is spectacularly good. Gives you a but of everything.

Good to have you on board and the people here are very good at arranging meet-ups, so make sure you check for one close to you.

Sean

"... quit trying to upset and disturb Dr. Venkman..."

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5 years 11 months ago - 5 years 11 months ago #99425 by cianoregan
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My name is Cian O'Regan, I am 17 years old, and I am from Cork City.

From a very young age I developed a keen interest in space. I had always had a fascination with space exploration and astronomy, but I only got hooked back in 2011 at the end of the Shuttle era.

When space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center on STS-135, I decided that I wanted to get more involved in space exploration. I began attending events in Blackrock Castle. At first I started collecting autographs of astronauts, cosmonauts and mission controllers, a hobby I still enjoy today. For anyone interested you can see my collection here.

I bought my first telescope back in October 2012. A Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ. I am a very amateur astronomer!

However, space exploration is my first love.

I went to an event including a Skype call with NASA Astronaut Dan Tani in the castle. I got to ask him some questions and he gave some really great answers. I figured I got such a buzz from doing something like this that I said "Why not try and be a science journalist when I'm older?"

I immediately got to work, setting up my own blog dedicated to space exploration. The name of the blog- "Irish Space Blog" Simple, I know, but it works. I began contacting people involved in this field. People like Leo Enright(who was on the other end of the Skype call in Galway), RTE Science/Technology correspondent Will Goodbody, NASA Public Affairs officers at Johnson Space Center, and Science Week Co-ordinator Donna McCabe have all given me great advice on how I can get a kick-start on my goal.

Thanks to Donna, I was able to interview ESA astronaut(and crew mate to Tani on STS-120), Paolo Nespoli for Science Week and science.ie. It was an incredible experience for me! Now, I interview astronauts all the time through social media outlets, Google+ hangouts and Skype. I use the answers I receive from them for my blog. I have interviewed quite a lot of interesting people, ranging from Chris Hadfield to Jerry Carr.

Basically, that's all about me. I recently started using this wonderful forum and can't wait to interact with some great people. Thanks!

Cian

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5 years 11 months ago #99427 by wbean
hey Cian,
welcome to the forum! We should totally get out for an observing session some time. I'm in cork too. By the way I'm SpaceDinosaurX and astronomyBox. We've chatted on twitter!

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

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

BLOG: astronomybox.blogspot.com/
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5 years 11 months ago #99433 by cianoregan
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Hey William my friend!

Thanks for getting in touch! This forum is great isn't it! It's nice that I finally know someone on this. I'm still learning the ropes but I think I'll manage it.

An observing session sounds good! If the skies are clear I will be in Blackrock Castle next Friday for their First Friday event. I plan on setting up my telescope, attending the astro photography lecture and them go observing! We'll have to wait and see!

Thanks SpaceDinosaur! :scope: B)

"To realise that our greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in trying, we did not give our best efforts.!
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5 years 11 months ago #99435 by dmolloy
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I'm sure you will find lots of like minded folk in your part of the island, keep on looking at this forum for advice and the occasional bargin :woohoo:
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5 years 11 months ago #99437 by cianoregan
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Will do! Might end up selling some things too! Thanks!

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5 years 11 months ago #99440 by Keith g
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Welcome along Cian B) It sounds already that you will be a top addition to the forum! You have done superb work already, that's the passion from the dark side :)

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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5 years 8 months ago #100142 by Welshguy84
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Hi Guys

My name is Geraint I'm originally from Wales, I have been living in Ireland for the past 6 years. i work as a IT Technician for a firm in Carlow. I have always had a in astrology but never had a telescope myself but my son is showing a real interest in it so I'm here now hoping to see what's the best way forward for the both of us on starting out and hoping to get some advice on what equipment to start off with.

Thanks

Geraint

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5 years 8 months ago #100143 by wbean
Hey Geraint,
welcome to the forum! Well what I did when I started out was borrow a scope from a friend for a couple weeks. It was small but I managed to see great views of the moon and Jupiter. it really got me hooked so if you know anyone in around Carlow or kilkenny who might lend you their scope, or at least take you and your son out for an evening observing that would be a great start. I'm sure there's someone here who's up in your direction who will chime in.

Welcome again and clear skies!
Will

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

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

BLOG: astronomybox.blogspot.com/

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5 years 8 months ago #100167 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome to IFAS Geraint!

Welshguy84 wrote: I have been living in Ireland for the past 6 years... in Carlow...


You should take a trip to Tullamore for one of Midlands Astronomy Club's meetings. We have/had members from as far as Castledermot and Ballylinan come along...

Seanie.

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

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5 years 8 months ago #100204 by paullyie
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Hi Seanie,

Sorry to hijack your answer, I'm still a bit of a newbie myself with a cheap basic scope Post above
I must look up when you have events on, would be interested in that if it is open to everyone?

I'm actually in Athy myself;
Do you or anyone know of any decent dark sites around south Kildare, or even around Carlow/Portlaoise
I've been up to Sugar Loaf a few times, but its a bit of a track to go up there

Thanks in advance
Paul

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5 years 8 months ago #100205 by dmolloy
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Paul, I'm a member of Midlands Astronomy Club and live a few miles away in Ballylinan. I would be delighted to introduce you to the night sky from my own back garden.

Declan :woohoo:

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5 years 5 months ago - 5 years 5 months ago #100989 by charsome1
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Hello!
I'm a new member of the site!
Thanks :scope:

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5 years 4 months ago #101008 by Keith g
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Hi Charsome, welcome along !! Any questions just ask, that's what we are here for :) have fun

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson

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5 years 2 months ago #101551 by mccreamark
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Hi ,
My name is Mark and I am an electronics student, hopefully finishing my masters in Image Procesing and Analysis in DCU this year.My hobbies are model engineering and building small CNC machines. I am also hoping to build some gadgets for my telescope as and when I need them.I have been interested in astronomy for some years but have very little experience. I have had a C11 and a CGEM DX for a couple of years but I have not used it as much as I would like to due to studying. I can just about get it set up in my garden in Drogheda and mostly have a good view of the North and North East and East. I plan to spend more time in the back garden this winter. I am also hoping to build some gadgets for my telescope as and when I need them.Are there any clubs or members in Louth, as I would like to see how it is done.
Regards
Mark

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5 years 2 months ago #101557 by dmolloy
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I know there are people nationwide with vast experience in such matters. stay in touch with the boards - any specific advice required will receive a response, Happy hunting and welcome to the boards

Declan

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5 years 2 months ago #101572 by michael_murphy
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Hi Mark,

It's not Louth but Meath Astronomy Club might be close enough.

Michael.

IFAS Chairperson.

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4 years 10 months ago #102659 by Bruce Banner
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Hi All,

My name is Alan, I am a qualified automation engineer from Drogheda, currently studying mechanical engineering in DIT. Since I was very young i've had a strong interest in physics and engineering, which is probably why I became interested in astronomy. I got my first telescope recently, an 8" Skywatcher Dobsonian Classic, a piece of kit I have instantly fallen in love with. Being from the country side I have been lucky enough to clock up a decent amount of viewing time already and hope that I can continue to do so around study.
I hope to learn from everyone here, attend loads of events and where possible contribute.

Alan

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4 years 10 months ago #102661 by RandomPillars
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Welcome aboard Alan. Great to have you.

Sean

"... quit trying to upset and disturb Dr. Venkman..."

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4 years 10 months ago #102670 by flt158
Hi Alan. Please do fill us in with what you have observed so far with your 8". It is a great scope!

Aubrey.

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #102675 by Bruce Banner
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Thanks for the welcome Sean and Aubrey.

So far I've viewed:
M44 - The Beehive Cluster
M42 & M43
M31 - Andromeda
M45 - The Seven Sisters
Jupiter and its moons
And our moon

I am really looking forward to Saturn being visible again as it is one of the planets which inspired me into astronomy especially due to the Cassini mission. The pinwheel galaxy (M33) is another goal of mine (Along with every other messier object ;) ) but I don't think the sky is dark enough here with Drogheda's light polluting the sky, so I may have to take a road trip to a dark sky site soon. I think a similar issue is having a detrimental effect on the level of detail i'm seeing Messier objects with but that road trip should solve that.
What sort of set-up are you working with Aubrey?

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4 years 10 months ago #102676 by flt158
Hi again, Alan. I have the honoured privilege to own a 6.2" apochromatic refractor on a Berlebach Planet Tripod with a 70mm guidescope attached. I have for the last 5 years after a certain Michael O'Connell recommended I should buy it. He is regularly on this website.

You can see my favourite observations for 2014 elsewhere on this great website. Perhaps you add a few of your own from this year to that post. Thank you for asking. And clear skies to you in 2015!

Aubrey.

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