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    Default Hello from Mississauga



    Hello, I am a new to this hobby, located in Mississauga. My only previous experience was looking through my 40 years old ZRT-460M 20x, once or twice a year.

    In the spur of the moment, I got a 114 Celestron AstroMaster on EQ mount (used but it's like new) and a used but in decent condition Skywatcher 6" dobsonian with a missing eyepiece.

    The plan is to use the Celestron eyepieces with the dobsonian and start exploring the sky and then upgrade the eyepieces with good quality ones that I can use even when I move up with a bigger scope.

    I ordered some books and for the time being I am testing, making adjustments...colimating...but after that...where should I point my scopes? I don't have high expectations and the question is, what objects in the sky can I see with these small and entry level scopes?

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Hello Speo! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

    There are many excellent things to see with these two scopes! M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) and M42 (Great Orion Nebula) are two showpiece objects that come to mind.

    You might also download Stellarium Astronomy Software. This free planetarium program will show you what is up in the sky and when and can facilitate learning the constellations and the brighter stars. Can’t beat the price.

    If you have any other questions about observing, just ask and we’ll do our best to help.

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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Hi Speo, good advice from Bladekeeper. You can get acquainted first by using a pair of binoculars and a star map. The small fuzzy stuff in your bino could be global clusters or some nebulae - that is when you swing those scopes to see what the bino couldn't. It will be very rewarding.....
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Hi and welcome to the forum, Speo!
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Welcome to the forums Speo.
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Always great to see another Canadian here so for joining our group and to Astronomy Forum. We have become spoiled and jaded by all the good new larger scopes that now come from China at very low prices, but I can assure you that twenty years ago, a six inch Dob was a very serious step towards big time observing. As the others have suggested, use Stellarium on your phone, tablet, or laptop to learn the sky and preview/plan your observing sessions. With the settings for your sky quality and scope size, it will suggest targets that fall within your scope's capabilities. These settings help with orientation, otherwise the preview shows too many or too few stars to resemble what you actually see. Be sure to set it up for your level of light pollution and for your six inch Dob scope's size so you preview the same sky as you will see in your scope. I find it invaluable for beginners because it allows you to see an approximation of what you will see in your scope which makes it much easier to comprehend the view at the scope.
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    Hello and welcome from the east coast Speo!
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Hello Speo, welcome to a great forum, and congrats on the scopes! Lots of great folks on here, keep the questions coming and I'm sure you will get your answers. johnnyb
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    Default Re: Hello from Mississauga

    Hello.
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    Enjoy your new scopes.
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