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Thread: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

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    Smile Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy



    Well here we go again back into Astronomy . After a long 5 years away from the hobby I always eventually go back to ......Im back ! Well In the past I have owned several scopes right away with very little luck at finding stuff in the sky so after a few years of trying I give up and sell all my scope stuff cheap and pledge I will never do this again. One night under pristine mag 6.5 skys and poof like a instant fire, its on and Im back into the obsession of astronomy. So This time Im gona do this a bit different .I bought a good star atlas and a pair of binocualrs. First night out was alot of fun I really miss the calm, relaxed, pure joy I get from looking at the stars. I bought the Sky and Telescope jumbo atlas . With binoculars its perfect for my needs. I star hopped for hours and found stuff I could never find in the past. The moon was out in force in the southern sky in half phase . It showed tons of craters and the seas were dark and well defined. I did not see jupiter I think its up but I did not really look for it . I saw the Amdromda galaxy, another bright galaxy near cassiopea, many star clusters, the double cluster, no nebula or faint galaxies the moon washed out the sky too much . Over all I had a fun first night under the stars I was realxed , felt good , and enjoyed the night sky . I am not gona buy a scope for probably 6-12 months so I can get really good at star hopping, identifying objects in the night sky, finding new places to look at the night sky away from light polution this is part of the discovery. Last night I was in southern VT in a parking lot in the middle of no wheres, its a prking lot the snow mobiles use in the winter in the woods it was freeky pack coy dogs were howling 300 feet away, I could heare them running in the leaves . I know hunters that have been jumped by packs of coy dogs it made the hair on my neck stand streight up and freeked me out a bit . Probably wont go there unless I have some one with me next time but a great dark location to look at stars. Over all I am very happy to be back in this hobby. It gives me something to look foreward to, I can research like crazy on topics of telescopes, constilation lore, what i am actually lookig at reserch the objects them selfs, get a good binocular moon map, take out my tablet and plan observing sessions, learn about the objests in the night sky and what they are all about . I am realy intrested in the folk lore of the constilations this is new I never thought much about it. When doing public eduction events if I know the folk lore of the constillation the public viewers will go away with a bit of history as well as a good story so I am gald im back . Its fun , exciting , relaxing , educational and its a tough subject that will give my intellegent brain exersize liek no other subject does . Clear skys !!
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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    Very nice, Mike!

    When I started, I used my 10x50 binoculars, and if I wanted to see something, I had to go find it. I learned to star hop really well.

    Even today, my mounts and scopes are all manual and I still love to star hop. If I can't find it, it's either not there or too faint to see from my backyard!
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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    Welcome back to the hobby! Thanks for your report.

    Lately I have been using my SV80 on my Twilight I mount for my viewing sessions. Learning the night sky via star hopping is a very important skill to develop and is quite enjoyable as well!
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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    Thanks for sharing your experience getting back out to enjoy the night sky. Sounds like you have a sound plan for the near future. Stay safe when you're out and about - having company seems like a good idea. Thanks for your picture too.
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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    Thank you Mike for your post... a pleasure to read.
    Clear skies to you sir.
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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    to our forum. Might wanna keep a clear path to the car and a bag of dog treats at that dark sight. Stellarium is a free download of a planetarium program. It is useful both for learning the sky and for planning your observing sessions. Glad to see you back in the observing game.

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    Default Re: Astronomy folk lore, coy dogs , and a happy return to astronomy

    Welcome back to a great hobby
    Enjoy your nights, great report
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    Now he views the stars closeup.
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