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    Default My experiences



    When I was much younger growing up in New Mexico, I was a frequent stargazer. My father had a small 2" Tasco refractor (if i remember it correctly), but I never tried using it on the sky, as the terrestial viewing I tried annoyed me greatly, (down was up, left was right, everything upside down, etc.) and I was completely ignorant of the ability of smaller scopes to see galaxies and nebulas and planets, thinking that If i wanted to see things like I saw in the many books I read, I'd have to get hired at Kitt Peak or somewhere similar (awesome place, that solar scope is a piece of genius IMHO).

    When I got stationed in Hawaii, I met some other astroheads, and got introduced to amateur astronomy on a permanently housed and fork mounted LX200 and an even bigger scope that was used for photography. It was then I learned that all those pictures I saw in books were somewhat possible to be taken by the likes of me, if I could get the gear. They also helped me find and get my first scope, a 4.5" Meade Newt on a GoTo equatorial mount, and they even upgraded my focus tube and gave me a few of their old unused eyepieces (a favor I will pay forward at my next opportunity). I was amazed at all the things that opened up to me, including being able to see the ring of the Ring Nebula; I really had to work at that one, and I think I was at the limit of my scope.

    Then life happened, and I ended up packing my scope away for a long time, through two PCS moves, and discovered that the primary mirror had shattered during that time, and the only thing I had left that worked were the two eyepieces I was given. A few years later, I was able to get me another scope, this time a Celestron Astromaster 114EQ. In fairness, I probably should have shopped some more, but I wanted something compact, familiar, fit my eyepieces, the price was right, and I wanted it NOW even though I knew i'd be limited in what I could see! So far, it's been outstanding, but I'm already wanting to upgrade, though that will be a while in coming! When I was able to get my scope out to a local public star party, as fate would have it, the people that set up next to me were assembling their new scope; an 18" truss Newt on a Goto Dob mount! The view in that one was the best I've seen! It definitely taught me the value of aperture!

    Short story long, Thank You to all the people that have helped me in my fledling steps forward, and I'm glad to be back in the community as it were...




    oh, and thanks to everybody here for putting up with my harebrained ideas and attempts at invention!
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    Default Re: My experiences

    Welcome to the forum!

    I feel your pain about PCS and movers. I grew up as an Army brat. When I was 13 we live in Germany and I got an electric train set for Christmas. I got to play with it for only 2-3 days before the packers came for our "hold baggage". With one thing and another, between the lag in delivery of "hold baggage" and my dad havin couple of short tours in a row, I didn't see that train set again until he had retired and I was getting ready to graduate from HS....

    We look forward to hearing from you, and don't hesitate to ask anything! Folks here are friendly with us noobs!
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    Default Re: My experiences

    NukeWasted, I am also in the military (Army). I packed my SpaceProbe 130 away in 2008 and after three moves and a deployment finally pulled it out again. Surprisingly, nothing was broken although i can't find the finder scope anymore. It's probably in a box that hasn't been unpacked since 2008 I'm fearing my next move with my new scope.

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    Default Re: My experiences

    I was rather lucky with PCS moves. Only twice did I not do a DITY or partial DITY move. Once from Hawaii and once when we came up on the list to move on post while I was at NTC. Both times were great but I've seen some horrible things happen via movers. I just hated having those little stickers on everything.

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