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    Talking Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....



    A little over 40 years ago I gotten a tasco 3 in reflector. Basically it was junk, but I loved that scope, it could magically take me away to the few beautiful colorful places I could see.
    I know I messed up the colemenation on the poor scope so bad, and blistered the eye piece looking at the sun during a solar eclipse in the 60's, then I grew up and always wanted to get back to it, but children, 9 years in the military and life had me going at a pace that at times I thought that maybe a telescope was needed to find me.
    recently that to advancing age, and a general slowing down I am trying to get back into it.
    40 years ago we didn't have laptops, we actually had to sit there with star charts.
    and the telescope I had I worshiped which seems funny now.
    Very recently bought a Celestron 127EQ which is a good scope and I instantly using my skill as a bench tech converted a web cam to the telescope to provide me pictures of the Moon, it was slightly out of focus, and while I was making sure of the setting on the software the moon keep trying to run out of the FOV, so really the experience consisted of some old guy running back and forth between scope and laptop.
    It did mange to generate about 2:21 minutes of decent video but for me to see that image on the laptop screen was great. Now keep in mind that I hadn't even aligned the finder scope, the EQ mount, etc. I just jammed the web tube into the eyepiece and went for it. Was like a kid again. I did manage to chase down Jupiter with this unaligned mess which at time looked like a pro wrestling match. I saw the disk and several moons and stared at them in wonder, I wanted to try the webcam on them however at that point I had the eq mount so tweaked I am amazed it didn't toss me on the ground. So I sit and waiting a little more stable weather to set it all up again. I have aligned the EQ mount pretty much and now that makes more sense, and already started shopping for a bigger DOB, kind of leaning towards the Zhumell Z10 over the Orion xt10. So any guidance on any of it would be very welcomed. Primary uses will be gazing, webcam astrophotgraphy, of planets and some deep sky objects, but I won't limit myself here as to what I may discover.

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    Hi DAKz, welcome to the forum!

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    Default Re: Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....

    Welcome to the forum from another old guy (I'm a young 70). I never actually took any time off from this hobby BUT I sure cut way way back because of work, raising a family and a heck of a lot of other stuff that took up my time...

    Anyway I no interest in AP because of the work involved and I can use the net to see all the pictures I want.. BUT if you are looking for good views any of the commercial 8 10 or 12 inch dobs will fill the bill without seriously denting your wallet... I'm not a Dob guy but for the money they just plain can not be beat...

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    Default Re: Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....

    Welcome aboard DAKz. Nice enthusiastic introduction - sounds like a few of us around here. You will love a Dob - be prepared for some nice surprises!
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    Welcome DAKz ! Great intro. Have fun and enjoy.
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    Default Re: Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....

    welcome aboard DAKz - thank you for that nice introduction - the view from a 12 inch dob is really great (the 10 inch is fairly comparable) - wish you the best in your scope choice - clear skies

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    Welcome to the forum. That new Dob will be a jaw dropper.
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    Default Re: Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....

    Welcome to the Forum DAKz!
    I recently purchased a Zhumell 12" DOB and have been amazed. I also purchased a JMI Dolly which makes moving the scope as easy as moving a pair of binoculars. Good luck, and let us know what you end up purchasing.
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    Welcome to the forum DAKz! My first scope was a Dob and I love it still after having it for just over five years. You may want to consider an Apertura Dobsonian (Opticsmart dot com) and compare the three to see which would suit you best. Clear skies!
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    Default Re: Been 49 year inbetween Wow what changes....

    Hi DAKz,

    I also just got back into the hobby after a long time away.. I got interested when I was in the Air Force in the early 70's and had two (2) scopes, at the time, then drifted away from the hobby for at least 30 years and just got back into it (largely due to this forum) a little over a year ago. Have really enjoyed my observing time and my time on the forum..

    Putting in another vote for checking out the Apertura line of Dob's... Best wishes on whatever you choose...any of them should serve you well for years to come..

    Clear Skies,

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