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Post by Peter1959 »

Hi to all SPA members,

My name is Peter and recently taken up the hobby of astronomy.

My equipment:
10x50 binoculars
Celestron Astromaster 130EQ
Canon digital camera

So far I've seen:
The moon through my reflector and photgraphed several of its phases over the last 2 weeks
Jupiter and the 4 moons - through the reflector

Orion plus the nebular
Saturn and Spicer
All seen through the binoculars

As I live on the 2nd floor, most of my observing is done out of a window facing east southeast. Light pollution can a problem but still able to enjoy my new hobby.

I have several recommended books which I am slowly working through and learning a great deal.

Clear skies
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Post by David Frydman »

Welcome Peter,

You might find it better using the binocular pressed gently against the closed window depending on the quality of the glass.
This can show fainter stars and more detail.
It works best if the front of the binocular is rubber covered.
Also it only really works if the binocular is more or less at right angles to the glass.
The scope might also work through the closed window up to about 50x magnification.

In the winter the difference in temperature between indoors and out can be 20C and with an open window heat pours out creating desperate air currents degrading Seeing.

It might pay to turn off the radiator in the room you are observing from about an hour before observing, or don't turn it on until after you observe.

As you mention Saturn, you must be up about 5 am, so the radiators could affect the image.

Enjoy your new hobby,

Regards, David

P.S. Be aware of ghost images if you observe through glass.
If you discover a comet it isn't.
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Post by David Frydman »

If the temperature inside your room and outside is the same say in warmer months, you can use the reflector up to 150x or even a bit higher if the Seeing is steady through the open window.
That is if the scope is also at the same temperature and the optics good.

Try Saturn through the telescope at present. You should see the rings and at least one moon.

regards, David
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Post by The Bat »

Hello and welcome! :D
Sounds like you're off to a great start.

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Post by Brian »

Hi Peter, Welcome to the Forum :)

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Post by nightbadger »

A warm welcome Peter
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Post by phillj »

Hello Peter and a warm welcome to SPA,and a belated happy New Year.

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Post by dualyn »

welcome Peter,all the best for 2012

Regards Duane
Celestron CPC 800 GPS XLT,10"Dob,Revelation 20x80 and Helios 12x40 Bins,Lots of E/P's inc 13-24mm Hyperions,lots of filters,8"dewcap,etc.
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