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    Default Greetings From the Desert!



    Hi folks,

    I'm Scott (the Geek) and am a Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force, currently deployed to an undisclosed location for 6 months. After a deployment, I always seem to buy myself a big ticket item as a kind of, welcome home gift to myself. This time around I've been thinking it should be a telescope.

    As long as I can remember, I've been interested in all things space. Planets, galaxies, stars, aliens... all of it. When I was maybe 8 or 10, my very low income parents found me a used Tasco telescope of some sort. The mount and tripod were so rickety that I had problems just keeping it pointed at the moon! Needless to say I became very frustrated trying to look at anything and gave up on it.

    So, while looking at some new Hubble images the other day, I started thinking about getting a quality telescope for my "homecoming" gift to myself and started researching. I googled "astronomy forums" and found myself reading a lot of info here. This forum has only served to get me more and more excited about getting a scope and starting my stargazing. Right now I'm leaning toward a Celestron 8" CPC. Mainly because of the solid and strong mount. Also, since I'm stationed at Langley AFB (Newport News VA) the goto software will help with the high levels of light pollution. As always, I'm open to advice or suggestions.

    So here I sit, with another 4 months to go on this deployment, all hot and bothered about stargazing and with no way to even go to a star party or anything. Cold showers won't help with this itch. So I'm wondering down 1 of the 2 isles at the Base Exchange all despondent and what do I see? A single dusty box on the top shelf that says, PENTAX. What do you know? A single pair of 10x50 high quality binoculars staring at me from the top shelf. I remember reading advice on these forums to newbies to start slow, get some binoculars and get familiar with the night skies.

    So tonight, after downloading Stellarium (that I read about here) and while waiting on Nightwatch to arrive from amazon.com (that I read about here), I'll be sitting out with my new binoculars getting familiar with the night skies. One good thing about the desert... very few overcast nights.

    Thanks for all the great info you folks have here. I'm glad I found this place.

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    Hi Scott welcome to the forums!

    let us know how desert viewing goes wish i could see the stars there
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    Hello Scott. Welcome to the forums. Glad you joined us. Sure sounds like you're off to a good start. Taking some time before getting a scope is a good idea anyway. You've already been doing some research. Lots of folks willing to help any way they can. Enjoy the desert sky.
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    Hi Scott,

    Welcome aboard and thank you for your service!
    Sounds like your heading off in the right direction. The 8" CPC would serve you well. Play with the Binocs and Stellarium for a while to learn the sky (you will be surprised at what you can see.)
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    Welcome to the forum Scott, and to astronomy. Glad you decided to join us.
    Clear skies to you

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    Scott,

    First, being an USAF retired E7 ('65-'85), thank you for your service and many sacrifices!

    I'm totally new in the astronomy realm. In fact, I just picked up an Orion XT8i I won on eBay. Can't wait to set 'er up!

    So, I can't help ya much other than saying that you're on the right site for some valuable info!

    Good luck in your quest and make it home safely!!!

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    Scott, THANK YOU!!!for your service! and welcome to the forum. My neffyou will be joining you in Feb. please help the newbees! Sounds like a good start. Can you show pics of your set-up and your buddies? Thanks................
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    Welcome to the forum and enjoy the binocs. Even after you get a scope they are great to have. I have a CPC scope and recommend it. Once you get the scope aligned it tracks very well and can show you some great stuff.. Very solid rig. Also, thank you for your service and return safely.
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