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2 weeks ago

When do we get to play again? I'm a noob and need help getting the most out of my new mount 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

When do we get to play again?  Im a noob and need help getting the most out of my new mount :)

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You better play, real quick. It looks like fire season is starting. Nothing like smoke to ruin the night sky.

4 weeks ago

My setup... celestron 127EQ on svbony alt azimuth mount and carbon fiber tripod, canon EOS RP prime focus to MS surface for monitoring/recording.. phone mount so my phone can guide me.. to do is figure out how to mount my electric focuser 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

My setup... celestron 127EQ on svbony alt azimuth mount and carbon fiber tripod, canon EOS RP prime focus to MS surface for monitoring/recording.. phone mount so my phone can guide me.. to do is figure out how to mount my electric focuser :)Image attachment

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looks like your ready for some SKY time.

5 months ago

I have no idea what I’m doing, but I have two telescopes and a hand full of lenses. I’m a hands on learner, and it’s about to be trial by fire. Hopefully tonight I’m successful. When all this covid crap is over, I’d love to get some training from some of you experts in here. ... See MoreSee Less

I have no idea what I’m doing, but I have two telescopes and a hand full of lenses. I’m a hands on learner, and it’s about to be trial by fire. Hopefully tonight I’m successful. When all this covid crap is over, I’d love to get some training from some of you experts in here.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Not sure about your lenses, but the dobsonian reflector looks like a good one! What is the aperture of the primary?

Get the "SKY SAFARI" app for your phone, it will show you the night sky. The sky moves with your phone, so its really easy to pin point objects. There are several similar apps available, they all work about the same. Mainly just practice & have fun.

Agree with Don. Sky Safari is a great tool. Get the plus version

makes casual observing possible. Was going to mention checking the collimation, each time you assemble your truss tube telescope (the big one) if you do not already have a laser collimator you should invest in one.

A tel-rad spotter is also a nice addition to your equipment. Very easy to align your Big scope on an object. There are Star maps made to be used with the tel-rad, very accurate.

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5 months ago

Last night (the 21) I went to the observatory to see the conjunction with a couple of other members. We arrived at 4:30 to open the dome and turn the heaters on tin the meeting room. After I opened the dome I went into the meting room to talk with Butch and a couple of other guests. I came out to uncover the scope at 4:50. I looked at the sky and said to the guys "Come look. Here come the fog". These pictures were taken durning a 10 minute period. Look how it changed. Needless to say we closed up and came home just intimate to take a picture of the planets in through the fog. ... See MoreSee Less

Last night (the 21) I went to the observatory to see the conjunction with a couple of other members. We arrived at 4:30 to open the dome and turn the heaters on tin the meeting room. After I opened the dome I went into the meting room to talk with Butch and a couple of other guests. I came out to uncover the scope at 4:50. I looked at the sky and said to the guys Come look. Here come the fog. These pictures were taken durning a 10 minute period. Look how it changed. Needless to say we closed up and came home just intimate to take a picture of the planets in through the fog.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Bummer

At least everyone attending got a chance to enjoy some inter-action with fellow members. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Come on down to Menifee. Clear as a bell

What a disappointment it was. Interesting thing was the next night was clear😬

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