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    Default Hi from South Japan!



    Hey, I have always been a science buff and wanted a Telescope, but never really felt I had a good enough location. I teach English in Japan, and as I'm sure you can guess, Japanese big cities are NOT good for light pollution. Not only that, but finding a space to skywatch is not easy either. I moved to a more rural area in south Japan though, and I even have a flat roof, so I started to look up at the sky when Jupiter and Venus were lining up a few months back.

    A student recently said she had been given a telescope for her kids that has been sitting in a box for years. Sure enough, she let me borrow it a month ago. Turns out it was a Japanese Vixen SpaceEye 70mm. Sadly, when I opened the box, the 90 degree diagonal wasn't there! Her kids apparently had tried to use it on their own in the past and didn't put all the pieces back in the box. It's now lost forever. I plopped an eyepiece on and looked at the moon and couldn't focus. Only then did I realize that the diagonal added several inches of length, which meant that I was a few inches short when trying to focus without it. I made a tube out of plastic a few inches long, which I put between the eyepiece and telescope, and that did the trick, surprisingly. I was very pleased with the views of the Moon, Venus and Saturn. Mars was just a blurry dot. I tried several times over a few nights and couldn't find M13. It didn't help that I don't have a diagonal and had to get into an awkward position to look through the eyepiece. Frustrated, I almost gave up, but finally one clear night when the moon was not in the sky, I managed to find M13 and I thought "I think I'm going to have to buy my own telescope".

    In any case, the annular solar eclipse came and went last week, but it was cloudy and I only saw a partial eclipse after the main event had passed. I had bought a sheet of Baader Solar Safety film and made a filter for the telescope and my camera, which went unused that day, but I have enjoyed looking at sunspots a few times afterwards. Coming up will be the Venus transit, which I might be able to see in its entirety (except when I'm teaching), if the rainy season doesn't kick me when I'm already down (because I missed the annular eclipse already).

    I'll be asking questions about focusing, in preparation for the transit. I have also tried to predict some transits of the ISS (using the Java program you can get online), but need help interpreting the output.

    *wave*

    Ravlen

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Congratulations on fixing the scope.

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    Hi Chris, I'm also in Japan. How far South is South? I'm in Shinjuku. Will help as much as I can but you seem to have a handle on things so far. Tracking the ISS will be very tough manually as it will pass over very fast. The next chance to see the ISS will be from May 30th at about 8:25pm and it's gone by 8:33pm you will get maybe 5 more chances ending May 31st at about 6:00am then it's gone for a while. Without a fast tracking scope your chances are pretty slim, even with a wide view. I use an iphone/ipad app called sky safari that can also control my telescope. Very good at finding and tracking objects including the ISS.
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    hi and welcome to the forums.
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    Hi, Ravlen, in S. Japan. S. Korea here. (And 'hi' to Paul_Hartrick in Japan, too.)

    Good viewing to you both. I hope we all have clear skies on 6/6. It's a national holiday here, so I will be able to devote the day to it, cloud gods willing.
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    Hi,Ravlen & Welcome to AF! Clear Skies!

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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone

    @Paul: I'm in Kagoshima, so it's pretty much as far south as you can get, without going to Okinawa.

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