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    Default Sharing Saturn



    I'm still new to the forums and just thought I'd share my recent activity. If this is not the right place to put this, please let me know and obviously the admins can move this post to the right place.

    I joined the forums just a couple of weeks ago. I have a 'department store' telescope that I've recently taken out. I was amazed that I could see Saturn's rings. I knew I could see the moons craters. But since then, I've been taking the little scope out and 'showing off'. Two weekends ago the folks were over and I showed Saturn to my mother and my inlaws. This past weekend I took the telescope to my sister's house (who gave me the scope many years ago) and I again showed Saturn to her and her kids. Its a fun thing to do. My sister was commenting on the blue color of Saturn and all I could think of was that my eyes stink!

    This past Friday, I downloaded Stellarium. I was having fun playing with the software and seeing what's out there. I was getting excited to look at all these DSO's, the galaxies and clusters, once I get my new scope at the end of the month (Orion Astroview 6). I was using the scope view within the program to compare the difference between the old scope and what is coming, as well as changing the EP's. I got a lesson in FOV without spending any cash - always a good thing. I'm hoping that the software is shrinking the view somewhat as I currently see Saturn bigger than it projected and the new scope will make things bigger as well, otherwise I may be disappointed (I know I'm not buying a Hubble, but still!). After all this computer playing, I was hoping for some clear patches of sky to attempt a DSO even with the tiny scope but mother nature had other plans.

    It'll be about 4 weeks until I get my new Orion and until then, its Saturn, the moon and whatever I can learn. Cheers !
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    Default Re: Sharing Saturn

    Very good report. Your eyes are fine. Saturn is not blue.
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    Nice report. I love your excitement.
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    Default Re: Sharing Saturn

    Good post! I think we can all feel your excitement at the impending delivery of your new telescope!

    Enjoy.

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    Default Re: Sharing Saturn

    Thanks for the report on Saturn and Welcome to the Forums! It never ceases to amaze, especially introducing it to other people - they're always shocked at seeing the rings. Sounds like you are picking up a good new scope. Don't worry, the 6" objective will let you see plenty of DSO's - clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, etc. Be sure to share a 'first light' report when you get the new scope.
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    Great report! Make sure you post a first light report when you get your new scope!
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    Default Re: Sharing Saturn

    Hello Scott. Congratulations on the new Astroview 6 on it's way to you. I am glad that you got to see several objects already, and were able to share them with your family. Don't forget to give us a first light report when you get the new scope out and get a nice observing session. Welcome to the forum, and best wishes to you and your family on some great views with the new telescope.
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    Default Re: Sharing Saturn

    thank you for such a nice report - you will have so much fun with that new scope - congrats

 

 

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