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    Default Greetings to the Comunity



    Just recently joined this great group,
    I am from just south of Montreal. I typically look at the heavens from my quite light polluted backyard , thanks to LPR filters, or from my dad's in the eastern township (it has a somewhat darker skies, luckily
    Now at 42 I have been peering to the stars and other through my old faithful Baush&Laumb criterion4000 since I was 17. With ingenuity I manage to use and maybe overuse it and I recently decided to acquire a celestron 8 XLT on an advanced CG5 mount.
    Not only the larger opening is a significant step ahead but fabrication technology has clearly improved lots over the last, well, 25 years.
    Looking into threads for ideas and methods for improving tracking efficiency, learn tricks, and maybe even meet friends.

    Oh, one detail, I image with an unmodded 450D XSI .

    Clearest skies to all.

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    Hey everyone, I'm Dave from Saskatoon.

    I started to get more serious into astronomy while taking an astronomical spectroscopy class as a science elective at University a few years ago. Now that I'm finished school and have purchased a cheap started scope, I want to get back into it.

    As always, life conspires against me with the deluge of rain this year on the prairies and a new son under a month old, but I'm really looking forward to getting out more once it starts getting dark earlier and the weather dries up.
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    Hi,

    I'm Mike from Bowen Island BC. Have been interested in Astronomy for a while, but have only recently aquired a telescope. (Skywatcher 8" Dob) I am concentrating on learning the constellations and finding my way around the sky. The manual scope is great for that, I'm glad I didn't go straight for the goto, although I may go that route sometime in the future. Have been attending some RASC meetings as well.

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    New to astronomy. started with the Celestron EQ130. located just west of Toronto in Guelph.
    mostly just doing the backyard astronomy stuff.

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    I`m in Peachland BC, 49 45 N 119 47 W. I loved astronomy when I was a kid and just last year I got the bug again. Ive spent the last eight months learning the sky using eyeballs mark one, a couple of pairs of binoculars, a planisphere and Stellarium 0.1. I`m researching telescopes and soon I`ll have to come to a decision about that. If you could only ever have one, what would it be? lol. We get lots of smoke from wildfires around here in the summer and the atmosphere can get pretty thick so whatever a decide on has to be highly portable. Looking forward to your posts.

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    Hi all.

    Just a note of introduction. I work as an aquatic macroinvertebrate taxonomic consultant. I spend most of my days staring down a microscope or at a computer screen. And now, it appears many evenings will be spent staring down a telescope.

    About 18 months ago my wife and I purchased 240 acres of bush, wetlands and unused agricultural land. We put a small cabin on it and use it as a weekend and holiday retreat from the city. On over night stays when the skies were clear we have be dazzled by the brilliance of the milky way stretching across the sky, the moon, meteors and occasional wisps of northern lights that we can see. There is essentially zero light pollution other than a yard light from a farmyard 3 miles away and a slight glow on the horizon from a small town 15 miles away. It was inevitable that we purchase a telescope.

    After searching the web I decided a good compromise of cost, mirror size, “lugability” and transportability would be an 8 inch dob. If we found stargazing was just a passing fad the $$$ would not be too significant. I settled on an 8 inch Starwatcher from All-Star Telescopes, Disbury AB. (By coincidence a camera adapter I bought for the telescope to take snaps with my DSLR of the moon turned out to also fit my Zeiss microscope thus saving me over $400CDN and essentially making the telescope a freebee.)

    So far it has been very rewarding scanning the night skies, watching Jupiter, tracking down Uranus, the moon phases, and slowly compiling a list of M’s, C’s and NGC’s. Our stargazing at the cabin is regularly augmented with choruses of coyotes howling nearby, deer, elk and moose crashing through the bush around the yard and the ever-present chance of meeting a skunk ambling through the yard.

    Since the telescope has already “paid” for itself I have been adding accessories, a 2x barlow, a Telrad and an Astro-Fix (on order) to aid in viewing and finding objects. And if our enthusiasm continues I suspect we will be looking at a larger telescope in the near future.

    I am looking forward to “meeting” like-minded people on the forum and learning what I can and maybe down the road assisting other people.

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    Keith here in PEI. Retired early in 2008 so i have lots of time to enjoy astronomy. Although I have had a lifelong interest in the stars, I only got into the hobby a few years ago. I am purely into visual, and lately have been doing more sidewalk astronomy, which is great fun and very enjoyable. I still enjoy the peaceful nights by myself at the telescope sometimes however. Any other Islanders interested on doing some sidewalk astronomy, drop me a line. All the best.
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    Hi ,

    AJ here from calgary. Ive been into photography for a long time, and although i had taken an astronomy class in University I have only recently aquired some gear and started taking astrophotos. I am increasingly getting into viewing, and especially like lunar viewing right now.

    I am interested ........Bugs...... where is your acreage .. I too buy stuff from Allstar up in Didsbury.

    cheers,
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    Hello fellow observers! I joined not to long ago and found the advise and welcome messages gratifying. I live in the beautiful South West of BC in the Kootenays in Nelson the seeing is generally good however I am now anxious for a dark site. And of course dreading the grey days of winter. Never the less I had recently returned to the hobby with a 4.5" Celestron Powerseeker on a EQ1 Mount. Of course soon after I purchased some additional eyepieces from the great folks at Vancouver Telescope. Enjoying the skies through the summer and fall I soon realized that I wanted to see more! Well I recently dived headfirst into the deep end with my recent purchase of a Celestron CPC 1100 XLT/GPS on a Alt/Az Mount. I researched and read review after review and with my wifes blessing made the leap. I was settled on a Atlas Orion 10" Newt on a Goto EQ5 Mount was already to drop the coin so I called Orion and spoke with a in California who I may say was very helpful by ensuring that what I was purchasing was in fact the right instrument to perhaps consider other instruments and to check with our Border Service. Well I did and found that Telescopes are duty free we pay the HST only great I thought. So as with most big purchases one must review. I did just that I called Vancouver Telescope spoke with the very knowledgeable staff advised what I was considering. They advised that Orion in Canada is SkyWatcher. Well I guess I should get to the point as it were. The staff expert made a suggestion in an 11" CPC SCT that they had on display well weighing my costs and what I was getting a larger focal telescope and not 4 feet long and weighing 130 lbs. So last week my new mistress arrived in three large boxes..wow. I have spent the past few evenings on my deck well past the midnight hour (with wifes approval!) ummm. And can say that size is everything.
    I am still learning the finer points and the quirks which there are not many this was a great choice. The scope itself weighs in at 65 lbs but as in the manual the carrying handles are in the right spot but it is a heavy puppy would not want to pack it up hill! Cardiac arrest for sure.
    Well so this is my story not short but a very pleased amateur astomomer. If anyone on the forum has the same scope I would be interested your expertise. I have noted one peculiar sound seems when it is tracking at close to zenith or there abouts a sound similar to a creaking sound not gear knashing but a slight creaking or a click perhaps. Is this normal? I have spoken with the store who have asked me to monitor and notify my results but I am thinking it is the fact that it is almost pointing stright up. I used Cass which in my area after 10:30pm is almost overhead. Anyway thanks for reading and I welcome any info also is there anyone in this area?
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