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    Default My experiences as a beginner



    Well, it's been a while since my last post but I thought I'd drop a line for those who are interested in a beginners post...:

    Earlier this year I finally decided to go ahead and buy a good scope. After some very good help from this forum, I got myself a Skywatcher MAK 150 Pro on a EQ5 Goto mount.
    The scope comes with 2 EPs, 9mm and 20mm and both have a FOV of 50 from what I found out in the specs.
    What can I say...first thing I spotted in the early season was Saturn in all its glory and boy was I pleased with my purchase! Even with a bit of light pollution I could still spot some moons and the rings blew me away. I hoped for something great (after the moon in high detail) but this was absolutely great!

    so, summer came and weather was pretty much...uhm...crap (can I say that without being banned?) here in Europe.
    Up until recently, finally some good nights and got a great book from my wife with lots of constellations and starcharts in it. That put me to the test to see if GoTo was the only way or perhaps starhopping works for me.
    Well, for those of you still wondering what to buy: GoTo is fun, but for now I find the tracking option most useful and star-hop my way through the sky. It's true: Star hopping really does let you learn the sky much better. O, and download Stellarium!

    So, what did I manage to spot: Well, the moon obviously...
    (I had to put sunclasses on at some point because it was so bright)
    Saturn, great! What a beautiful thing our universe is...
    M57 - The ring nebula in Lyra (here's where the book I got came to great use)
    M81 - Andromeda, although I still need to wait for it to get a bit higher in the sky because of the light pollution in my area.
    Some starclusters, though I can't remember their names.
    And an airplane...

    I know, not much but I can easily find these and enjoy them long enough before I need to get to bed. Although I like the summer, I am longing for nightfall to come somewhat earlier and start searching for Jupiter and lots of other good stuff I guess.
    Best of all, my wife enjoys it too and asked me what my next scope could be in the near future! Just need to get a few years of experience and probably will go for a DSO-suitable scope that my EQ5-mount can carry but I am so glad I finally went for astronomy. Guess I made the wrong choice as a young boy (loved the stars, got model railroading as a hobby... and now sold it all and am back to loving the stars even more)

    Well, for those still in doubt... go and by yourself a scope!

    Thanks again for all your help on choosing a scope.
    Regards,
    Arjan
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    Congratulations on your views, Arjan !

    First time was also a jaw-dropping experience to me !!!

    By the way, get a Moon filter and you will not need sunglasses anymore

    Clear skies !

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    The more you see, the more you want to upgrade your equipment!

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    Congrats... I good start...
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    Mmmm - surface only you have scratched.
    Many objects you will see when skies clear become.
    Patience you must have.
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    Congratulations on getting a great scope and having caught some wonderful views. It's true, the Universe is a marvel in itself. Best of luck to you.
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    JuanM,

    thanks. Btw, I got myself a set of 4 filters for €20,- (I know, I should have now better): Robtics | Robtics 1.25" Lunar/Planetary Filter Set

    which should include a moonfilter but it was still to bright for comfort when I used it. I should probably get me a 'real' one.

    So, my post was just a kind of 'first light' experience I wanted to share. Again, as a thanks for all the help and for those who are looking to start stargazing themselves. It helped me a lot to read about other first time users' experiences.

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    Congrats and its always good to hear abhout others excitement.

    Its why I enjoy doing public outreach stuff. It keeps the wonder alive in me by watching a child see something like Saturn for the first time. Heck its great when an adult see's Saturn for the first time as well.

    We were out with my Mak 180 earlier in the year and viewing Saturn when some very tired hikers came puffing up the hill - they were doing a midnight walk so I offered them a chance to see Saturn and it was wonderful to see people get really excited about astro.

    Thanks for writing that - its the sort of stuff that cheers me when I cant observe myself (weather at the moment).
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    Thanks for keeping us up to date on your astronomical endeavors.
    It's good to hear you're liking the hobby. Keep it up and give us some good reports when you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenniferchristine View Post
    Mmmm - surface only you have scratched.
    Many objects you will see when skies clear become.
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    You are starting to sound like Yoda.....

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