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If you can see the moon right now .... (plus quick pic)

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Jan 29, 2010.

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    Mars is right next door just to the left
     
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    Re: If you can see the moon right now ....

    We usually have a great view from where we live! In fact tonight if I look out our back bedroom window the view should be stunning!!!
     
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    Re: If you can see the moon right now ....

    WE CAN SEE IT!
     
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    Re: If you can see the moon right now ....

    The moon is really bright and so is Mars! If you hadn't told us it was Mars I would havbe thought it was just a really bright star.
     
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    We've all been out to see it. Took some bad photos and Steven had a look through the binoculars before bedtime. :D I've just bought the telescope in after spending an hour checking out the view. :mental:
     
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    Re: If you can see the moon right now ....

    stars twinkle, planets dont helen :)
     
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    Re: If you can see the moon right now ....

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    A really really quick pic, lots of detail visible through the scope tonight - first time I have seen it with the larger telescope
     
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    hmmm

    better or worse?

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    Just been out, the moon is dazzlingly bright, fantastic view of mars. Absolutely incredible!
     
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    i looked earlier, it wasn't orange.....will go back out now!
     
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    :yes: yep! when i stood a while longer and my eyes got used to it i could definately see an orangeness to it!

    The moon is lighting up my garden, it's sooooo bright...wow!
     
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    Chris we need to talk equipment. I got very frustrated having to keep moving the scope to keep Mars in the viewfinder and also I can't keep my head still enough to stay in the correct position looking into the viewfinder. Ended up with a headache and a squinty eye. :unsure:
     
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    If you are beginning to get serious about astronomy, and frankly I am still AMAZED people are, then your enjoyment will be improved 100x by a driven computerised mount,. That way you could centre Mars in the scope focus it up nicely. Do a celebratory lap of the garden, go and get Steven up and it would still be in the middle of the lens. Plus that way photographs lie :D

    If and when you decied to take the leap give me your budget and I'll sort it out :yes:
     
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    What would be a reasonable expectation on pricing?
     
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    And yes I am serious about it still. I stood in a cemetary yesterday and watched while someone was laid to rest next to a grave containing new born twins. I needed the perspective of galaxian proportions last night to make sense of it all. :shrug:
     
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    Second hand is the way to go 2-300 should get you something decent
     
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    And where does one find second hand telescopes for sale? :unsure:
     
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    To be honest I'm lazy about finding stuff so if I can get something that will find it and just let me look that would be awesome.

    Can you get point-and-shoot telescopes? :lol:
     
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    And not too many controls. Our Skywatcher needs 3 hands to keep stuff in focus sometimes. :mental:
     

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