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    Hi all,

    Just joined last week the forum upon arrival of my first telescope, a Celestron NexStar 8SE. Have been very interested in astronomy since I was very young, but always living in large cities hindered stargazing. Now that I live in Colorado (away from big cities), the stars are much more visible and have decided to get back into it.

    Very much interested in deep space objects and planets. Photography is a passion of mine, so looking to get into astrophotography as well.

    Looking forward to learning a lot from you all here.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I just joined myself. Will be purchasing my first telescope this week. The members on this forum are very helpful and friendly.

    By the way that looks like a very nice telescope.

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    Thanks. I got one really good night of viewing in so far (cloudy nights and work-related travel have conspired to keep me away). Saturn was my first WOW moment. Was able to see M13 (Hercules Cluster), and caught faint/fuzzy glimpses of M82 (Cigar Galaxy) and the Ring Nebula.

    Getting used to finding my way around the sky, using different eyepieces, and actually training the eye to see things.
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    Hi fuzz . Welcome aboard the forums ...That is a light grabbing scope you have there ...Congrats on getting it ..
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    Welcome Fuzz,
    I'm jealous of how much darker your skies are there than here outside Fort Collins. I often take my scope when we go camping around the state, and it's truly amazing to see the stars on a dark Colorado night.

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks. One of the main reasons I went for the NexStar 8 is the relatively light weight of 33lbs (all-inclusive). Eagles Nest Wilderness backs up to our neighborhood, and I'm thinking of taking it backpacking in there some this summer.

    Tonight was quite a surprise. It was pretty cloudy at twilight (Clear Sky forecasting 60% cloud cover overnight), so I went outside just to see if I could see anything with the naked eye through the clouds. Caught Arcturus. Then saw Saturn. As it turned darker, the clouds started disappearing and more stars started popping out, so I quickly set up the scope and was able to catch M13 (again), M83, and Whirlpool. Quite a pleasant surprise since I wasn't expecting to see anything at all tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz View Post
    Thanks. One of the main reasons I went for the NexStar 8 is the relatively light weight of 33lbs (all-inclusive). Eagles Nest Wilderness backs up to our neighborhood, and I'm thinking of taking it backpacking in there some this summer.

    Tonight was quite a surprise. It was pretty cloudy at twilight (Clear Sky forecasting 60% cloud cover overnight), so I went outside just to see if I could see anything with the naked eye through the clouds. Caught Arcturus. Then saw Saturn. As it turned darker, the clouds started disappearing and more stars started popping out, so I quickly set up the scope and was able to catch M13 (again), M83, and Whirlpool. Quite a pleasant surprise since I wasn't expecting to see anything at all tonight.
    Hi Fuzz,

    Welcome aboard! Great stuff.

    What you describe is what most of my May nights have been like here in TX in terms of clearing after sunset, except the winds are really strong as it gets darker. Invariably, the water in the air condenses out into fog shortly after midnight. Probbably for the best anyway or I'd be a zombie from lack of sleep!

    A lot of my buddies from college now live in CO (Ft. Collins)--they love it and will never leave.
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    Hi Fuzz,

    Welcome to Astronomy Forum.

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    Welcome, Fuzz. Sounds like you're making a great start. Wish I had your dark skies.

 

 

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