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    Pleased to be signed up after visiting periodically over the years and benefiting from a wealth of information in these forums.
    Retired 6 years ago and emptied the nest about 3 years ago.
    Since I was 12 years old I always had a little reflector among my possessions and enjoyed being the one who could read a planisphere and show friends and neighborhood kids that some of those things in the sky really were balls, had rings and phases like the moon.
    Sometime in about 2006, I found a new "open box" Meade DS-2114S on one of the "closeout" websites. It reposed in storage until last week.
    Basically I have a brand new scope with an obsolete GOTO system which I have yet to tackle (retired but still busy)..
    I have started checking out the optics and and am pleased so far but haven't yet satisfied myself that all is in good alignment.
    Current planetary positions make for easy and fun viewing, but want to get more serious.
    My real goal: Within a year I expect to be leaving my "downtown" digs and moving to the outer suburbs where the seeing is better. I'd like to get something in the 8-10 inch range suitable for getting me started in celestial photography...
    So mentors familiar with my Meade and resources related to this old GOTO system would be appreciated. And guidance to get me started on understanding the challenges (I assume many) of amateur celestial photography as well.
    Still a little hesitant navigating the site but I'll catch on....
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    Welcome to AF.net!!!
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    Default Re: Greetings

    Hello and welcome to the forums
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    Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

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    Hi Powell. It's great to have you join us on here. And that was a very nice introduction from you. Welcome to the forum Powell, and the best of wishes on your astronomy hobby adventures, and also on your retirement.
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    Hello Powell and Welcome to the Forums!
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    Hi Powell and welcome to the forum. Congrats on your nos scope and I'm sure someone here can help you with it.
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    Hello Powell and welcome to the forum.
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    Welcome to the forum

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    Hello, and welcome aboard!
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