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Thanks for your guidance

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Thanks for your guidance

Postby Guest on Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:17 pm

Thank you Optics Planet for running this site and dealing with absolute beginners like I was. I read many posts on your site and have been the proud owner of a 10" Dob, the regretably I bought used and not from you. It was a very close call though!

To others out there, my biggest learning in the 10 months or so since purchasing is that:

- Getting to know the constellations and ecliptic and zodiac and all the other out wordly geometric things going on has been the single biggest thrill. The scope pushed me into doing that, but that was very important.

- The lack of goto on my computer has probably been a benefit and not a detriment so far. I can see someday I would want the scope to follow the object, but for now, just telling me where it is and letting me muscle the scope around has been great fun and faster and more rewarding than a goto.

- The faint fuzzies are exactly that out there, fuzzie, even in my 10" Dob from decent skies (there are cows here). Some of the globular clusters are cool, and the planets are very cool. I guess everyone really starts with the planets and goes from there.

- You really can get into this with a pair of binoculars and star charts. I kind of went from "what bizarre thing can I see" to "how is the sky layed out and where is everything and THEN AND ONLY THEN can I see it. My personal opinion. Your milage may vary.

- Things like the zodiacal lights have become incredibly intriguing to me, but that had nothing to do with the reason I got into this (and I still am waiting to seem the lights).

Have a blessed life and family and hobby.


Postby Jne_K on Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:07 am

Hi Dave

That's great and glad to help. Your expereince is very typical of most serious astronomers. You are definitely on your way, there. To paraphrase Terence Dickinson, you cannot become comfortable with a telescope until you know your way around the night sky. Computers can be either a good learning to tool to that effect or they can be a crutch.

By all means, continue to post and share your expereinces.
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Green Laser

Postby Guest on Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:44 am

One of the other things I have found that I don't see posted here often is just how much fun it is to have a green laser if you are looking at the sky with someone else, even occasionally. I used to find myself trying to explain where the orion nebula was, or venus or mars and it would frustrate those who were nice enough to humor me as I showed them my scope.

Now, I use my green laser and it is fun fun fun!