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    It's only been a few weeks that my interest in Astronomy/AP took off like a barn fed horse beating a path back to it's stall. In that time I have read more and watched more YouTube videos than I can remember...about any topic in such a short period of time. In doing the research that I have so far...I have read about all kinds of hardware, telescopes/brands, eyepieces/brands, mounts/brands, etc...(the list seems endless)...and software...and...and...and...my head really hurts now! I know some of you understand "brain overload" and how after absorbing so much information in such a short period of time you tell yourself....."STOP"! Like an addiction to this hobby, I have completely enjoyed learning so much in such a short period of time...BUT...I need a break. So...tonight...I'm not going outside...under beautiful skies...with a bright waxing Moon...and use the cool equipment and software I have purchased to affirm my intent to learn and enjoy this new path I'm on. Tonight...I'm posting this here to slow down my pace (a little) and give myself a chance to let the information seep in and take hold and see if I'm alone in this feeling of "overload"? Please tell me I'm not alone? ;-)

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    you get your lazy butt back out there! j/k
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    Default Re: Learning is fun...BUT...

    You are not alone. Overload is the new normal. I sometimes wonder if I had applied myself at school like I have for my AP adventure how my life might be different. Oh well, water over the bridge and under dam!

    You know an organized person would probably take notes and make lists (much like my wife) on this new subject so you could stay on task. But not me, oh no, I have to cram all that info in my brain and hope it turns out correctly when I try to reproduce it on my own, at an isolated site, out in the dark. Heck, that's part of the adventure, right!

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    Default Re: Learning is fun...BUT...

    There comes a time when it's time to stop thinking about something and start doing. Get a piggy back adapter for your 4SE and start doing some wide field of view stuff. M24 in Sagittarius is an excellent place to start. Piggyback photography can produce far more than star trails and is an excellent way to learn how to use your camera in the dark of the night.
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    Default Re: Learning is fun...BUT...

    I sympathize with the "overload" problem but I think one of the things you still have to learn is that you can't be too picky with your viewing sessions!

    If your thinking goes "I'll do it tomorrow" you run the risk of not getting another opportunity for 3 weeks!

    This year has been generally awful as far as astronomy weather is concerned. Many of us will take any chance of getting out there that we can.

    Good luck!

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    We all can agree and relate to some extent this feeling.

    This is not an easy hobby nor can you learn one thing overnight. Just visual use and learning about telescope optics, eyepieces, eye relief formulas and exit pupils and all that fun stuff let alone learning about our universe can get hectic.

    AP is another beast in itself and adds on all the stuff I've previously said and some.

    This hobby requires patience! You my friend at least have found it.

    Relax, hang out, and just enjoy being part of this great universe.

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    No,you are not alone. One reason I am mostly visual is all the stuff that comes with AP. Nonetheless I understand why AP is so popular.
    That is some fine equipment you have there. Sxinias has a really good suggestion.
    There may be other times when you don't feel like fooling around with all the stuff. Relax and just get out and gaze. Take out one scope and look for a couple of favourite objects and then cruise around. The trick is to enjoy the sky when it is there. Very often I will leave all the goodies aside and lie down outside with my binos. 10 seconds of prep and it's rare when something fun doesn't pop up.
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    I think you are right that it is easy to have an overload of information when it comes to this hobby. Luckily, this forum is here to help out!

    My advice is to learn a few things, and then try them out, then learn a few more things, and try these out. Get new software, try it out. Get a new eyepiece, try it out. If we try to learn everything at once, we can't absorb the material. In my line of work we call this analysis paralysis...

    You are definitely not alone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by carch View Post
    you get your lazy butt back out there! j/k
    LOL....I laughed out loud reading this! Point taken and thanks for the kick in the arse! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    You are not alone. Overload is the new normal. I sometimes wonder if I had applied myself at school like I have for my AP adventure how my life might be different. Oh well, water over the bridge and under dam!

    You know an organized person would probably take notes and make lists (much like my wife) on this new subject so you could stay on task. But not me, oh no, I have to cram all that info in my brain and hope it turns out correctly when I try to reproduce it on my own, at an isolated site, out in the dark. Heck, that's part of the adventure, right!

    Clear, sane skies,
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    So true and good points! I actually have taken notes and had them with me while sitting outside in the backyard with all the gear setup admiring the beautiful skies above...taking pictures...peering into the scope to take it all in. That and having the laptop out there when I needed to Google something is very handy too! Yes...this is quite the adventure as you pointed out and one I really do appreciate a lot.
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