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Oh.... My.... goodness....clean up your room! is that a scope in your room or are you just happy to see me. (you probably could see me with that... well, if the earth wasn't so round and all)
Stone me!!! That's a serious looking magnifying glass. Was it free with 6 pack tops of corn flakes?The neighbours had better keep their curtains drawn now, come to think of it, I'd better keep my curtains drawn too! And you Karen.
Ah! Now, bein' as wot I is, a bit of a Patricia Moore or less, perhaps I can be of some assistance.First, stick one end out of the window. NOT THAT END!!! Good grief, you can get arrested for that! One end of the TELESCOPE. Now, you see the whatjamacallit next to the thingamajig, well that needs to aligned so that the dojamaflip is perpendicular with the whatsistname. Now take the howsyourfather off the whateveritsnameis and Bob's yer uncle.Any other problems, just let me know.
Holy Crap! That's the biggest one I've seen in ages.Are you going put it up on your roof? You'll need to build a Sheepy Dome over it.Let us know how it works out. I'm tempted to get a 10 or 12 inch Newtonian, but I'm not sure it's worth it.
......all I need do now is figure out what all the things do..it has dials and stuff and it has declination this and azimuth that !!..I have not got a clue !!...I need help !
Isn't Holy Crap what the pope does ?
that is a serious bit of kit neilep, ive recently purchased a 127mm(5") mak cass telescope and am very pleased with it. have you got round to doing the "polar alignment" stuff? ive downloaded a instruction pdf for mine and am in the process of finding out how thick i am what lenses do you have? ive a 10mm a 25mm and a 4mm and im wanting a decent barlow lens jupiter looks brilliant and the moon is superb esp when not full, i havnt seen saturn yet, im really looking forward to that have fun and enjoy
Quote from: neilep on 11/10/2009 01:28:18Isn't Holy Crap what the pope does ?No. That would be pontifical crap.I was thinking of something like this.http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=dobsonians/~pcategory=telescopes/~product_id=08947
... which means I now need to buy a SLR !
You may not need to get a SLR. There are photosensor arrays that attach directly to the scope and feed the image to your PC. If the scope has a drive, you can track objects over time and build up an image of really faint objects. There is a lot of software available (some of it free) to help with this.The Orion link I posted has some of these sensors. I would think somebody is selling them in the UK.Here's onehttp://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=astro-imaging_camera/~pcategory=astro-imaging/~product_id=52080
Quote from: Don_1 on 10/10/2009 23:56:01Stone me!!! That's a serious looking magnifying glass. Was it free with 6 pack tops of corn flakes?The neighbours had better keep their curtains drawn now, come to think of it, I'd better keep my curtains drawn too! And you Karen.Woooooo whooooo...Does that mean I have a Peeping Tom.now...? Hummmmmmm Don_1, you best help me figure out a new night time wardrobe, uhhh, or my way out of the night time wardrobe.... LOL we'll arrange some late night shows for Sheepy's new Scope! LOL...LOL... What you gonna wears... I might wear this....Hey Don.. I don't think Neily knows what really lies beneath a blanket of stars!!!!..LOL..  Now I am baring my soul or skin on TNS LOL and I cannot quit laughing!! Hee hee hee...
My former housemate bought a 6" Newtonian telescope some time ago and I spent a few hours helping him get it set up. The biggest issue was that the telescope has such a narrow field of view (the moon more-than fills the total area of the viewfinder) that it was very difficult to figure out where it was pointing. It's also tricky because if the the eyepiece focus is too far out, you won't see anything at all either.With a bit of luck, you can find the moon and sort out the focus - make a mark on the control - it should be much the same focus for eveything in the sky!(If you look at the moon at the boundary between light and dark - where the sun is hitting the moon at a glancing angle, making lots of contrast, you should see clearly lots of mountains and craters and stuff. You need to touch the scope controls very gently and not touch the eyepiece with your head else it goes all wobbly and yo won't see much.)Then you need to align the "finder" scope (a small low-magnification / wider field of view) scope on the side so it's pointing in the exact same direction as the main scope. Once that's done, you can use the small scope (which shows you more of the sky) to point the main scope in the correct direction.If you have the stand and swivels all set up correctly it'll help you keep stars in view as the earth rotates by just twiddling one control. If you just plonk it down randomly then you'll have to tweak both azimuth and elevation to keep things centred. But for the first few views, it probably doesn't matter.That's one big telescope Neilep. Have you got a dark sky near you though?You'll soon be needing accessories... like a woolly hat and gloves!And lots and lots of patience.
Sheepy has been up all night playing with his huge thingy. Silly billy, doesn't he know he could go blind doing that, then what'll he do with his telescope?Here are some of his first major finds:
There should be many sights dedicated to the amateur and beginner sky watchers...
Quote from: Karen W. on 11/10/2009 12:57:38There should be many sights dedicated to the amateur and beginner sky watchers...There is Kareny Mam...I have already joined two astronomy forums and have been welcomed. I have even been offered assistance which I am eager to accept....which is nice !
Nice eh ?was delivered ....erhmm...Thursday ![attachment=10166][attachment=10168]
Wooo !!Get over here from Italy and we can do some stargazing together !! 
I'm pretty sure it's a Fiat. Take a closer look.Of course, it would be a lot less beaten up if you had not put it in the Monte-Carlo Rally.