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    Last night I finally got to try out my newest addition: a drive for my EQ mount. The verdict? Why did I wait so long?!!

    I am new to astronomy, and did not want to overly invest in a hobby if I wasn't sure I'd stick with it. So two years ago I started modestly with a 6" newt on an EQ3 mount. I have added some EPs and upgraded my finder scope (actually upgraded to two finders, a 1x reflex site and a 9x50 RACI). These have provided much pleasure as I discovered what so many others have, the wonders of seeing the night sky.

    Most recently, I started some observing clubs with the Astronomical League (my thanks to jrkirkham for posting of his experiences which in turn sparked my interest). I have taken up sketching and decided to buy the motor drive that Orion recommends for my tripod and mount. It made viewing Jupiter so much easier, I couldn't believe it. Well, that and some clear skies! And more thanks to jrkirkham and others who have shared about sketching. I have found I am seeing more as I work at sketching what I am looking at. To rephrase the old song, "Slow down, you move fast. You've got to make the viewing last".

    And what did I find, other than that odd fifth "moon" (HIP 9569 according to Stellarium)? I found that Bob327 is correct: a chair is what is needed next to improve my observations! I would always chuckle when in most every post Bob would recommend a chair. But with the view kept in my eyepiece, I found myself wishing for that chair!

    So the point of this post is just to say Thank You to all who have shared their experiences so that others can learn and benefit. After two years I am still having fun, still looking up, and enjoying the company kept here in our little corner of the Web.

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    Happy that these guys and gals are such a huge help with pretty much everything! Even more glad that after two years of observing and looking up you still have the passion for astronomy! Hope I still feel the same in 2 years! There is definatly a lot of avenues and more than enough to keep you busy! Even on cloudy nights!
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    Yep, great bunch of folks here on Astronomyforums.
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    Hi Eric!

    You can build your own dandy chair like the one below. I posted plans just a week or two ago in the beginner's forum <HERE>. An easy build, just a weekend or two - pretty much novice level woodworking. The whole thing cost about $50 - works great, packs up into a single piece weighing only 10 kg, has a (small) internal storage compartment and holds 125 kg (275 lbs) with ease. Very study - you won't feel uncomfortable even at 1.2 m (50") off the ground.

    Dan

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    And what did I find, other than that odd fifth "[autolink
    moon[/autolink]" (HIP 9569 according to Stellarium)? I found that Bob327 is correct: a chair is what is needed next to improve my observations! I would always chuckle when in most every post Bob would recommend a chair. But with the view kept in my eyepiece, I found myself wishing for that chair!
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