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    A quick introduction and a tale of how I found this forum.

    I’m Steve from west central Illinois. Back in June, the wife and I were sitting on the patio one evening when she inquired about a bright star in the western sky. I wasn’t sure what it was, so I downloaded Stellarium to find the answer. Turns out it was Saturn, which brought back the memory of seeing the rings through a cheap refractor back in October 1992.

    Curiosity got a hold of me and I began tinkering with Stellarium during idle time to see what was where and when in the night sky. In late September I noticed that Orion, Pleiades, and Andromeda would be viewable in the early morning. I dug that 2 decade old refractor out of a closet corner and waited for a clear night.

    At 4 a.m. one clear morning I set the scope up on the darkest spot I could find on the patio, prodded my wife out of bed, and grabbed some coffee. Everything was where the software said it would be (I never knew a galaxy 2.5 million light years away was visible to the naked eye). I knew the hard part was getting the narrow slice of the sky offered by the scope pointed at just the right spot. After spending 15 minutes trying to get Orion’s belt in the eyepiece frustration set in, now I remembered why this scope spent 17 years in the closet. That confounded sloppy alt/azimuth mount was a pain. I went into the house to fetch my binoculars and in the end we got to see what we planned through the binocs.

    I found these forums and the wealth of information they contain while researching a new beginners scope. Over the past month my wife and I have had several viewing opportunities with the new scope, and have observed Jupiter several times. We spent almost 2 hours glued to the moon on Halloween (man is that bright!)

    If I can get the clouds to agree and “move along”, I’ll see if I can get a bead on M13 tonight.

    A tip of the hat and many thanks,

    SMG

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    Hi Steve! welcome to the site! thanks for the story on your astronomy viewing and how you found the forum! what search engine did you use?
    good luck getting M13 let us know
    clear skies!
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    Welcome to the forum Steve and company. I had one of those types of scopes a few years back, and I know what you mean about eye piece frustration. What kind of new scope did you wind up with? It's awesome that both of you guys are enjoying our awesome hobby together.

    Clear skys
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    Now where did I put that clear sky button!

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    Hi Steve ...Welcome aboard the forums ..Thanks for joining us ....
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    Welcome Steve and wife. It must be nice to have someone to share your viewing with.

    What scope did you decide on?
    Meade 16" LightBridge; Celestron G-8N Bird-Jones/motorized EQ5;
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    127 Mak/go-to EQ5; Burgess 127f8 refractor; Sky-Watcher 5" F/5 collapsible dob; 90mm Mak/motorized EQ2; Royal Astro 76/910-GEM; Meade 60x700 refractor/alt/az; Zhumell 25x100 Coin Ops; GalilleoScope. Celestron 8mm-24mm zoom; lots of fixed EPs,some good, some..not so much. A small collection of surveying instruments; a forest of tripods; Canon Rebel Xti. Confirmed gadget junkie; Custodian of the Magnetic North Pole (Send $1.00 to Pierre each time you use a compass.)
    49-41-37.03N 123-09-29.61W Calculated magnetic declination: 17° 39' East

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    Welcome to the forum. Wifey and I enjoy this together also. It also makes it easier to get that bigger newer scope if it is something you both can do together.
    Enjoy the Black cause they can't take it back............
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    I found this site by googling telescope forums.

    I was looking for a scope with an equatorial mount so we ended up buying a Celestron Astromaster 130eq. As I expected the finderscope leaves a lot to be desired. After I figured out how to use the mount I like it. Over the past month it's been used more than the old scope ever was.

    SMG

 

 

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