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Message 1870 - Posted: 9 Aug 2007, 4:44:27 UTC
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And how many of those that say yes actually use it?

Nothing like the thrill of direct observation :)
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Message 1872 - Posted: 9 Aug 2007, 10:01:24 UTC

I own a Magnifing Glass, does that count ... :-)
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Message 1876 - Posted: 9 Aug 2007, 15:02:35 UTC

Hehe, I'm thinking of buying one since some weeks... but I'll have to wait till my winter bonus salary :)

I like this catadioptric one (maybe cheaper if it's without rotor mount), or this newtonian, half the price of previous one, although I don't like the idea of dust entering the telescope :roll:
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Message 1903 - Posted: 9 Aug 2007, 23:44:47 UTC - in response to Message 1876.  

Hehe, I'm thinking of buying one since some weeks... but I'll have to wait till my winter bonus salary :)

I like this catadioptric one (maybe cheaper if it's without rotor mount), or this newtonian, half the price of previous one, although I don't like the idea of dust entering the telescope :roll:



I just have a crappy lil ol 3" bushnell reflector with tracking that can be connected to a pc....The cassegranians are nice compact and powerful (with dustcap)and have little distortion...in my younger days I ground a 8" reflector mirror at the Adler planaterium in Chicago :)
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Message 1945 - Posted: 11 Aug 2007, 5:05:03 UTC

I need to move somewhere where light pollution isn't so bad. Granted, I could probably drive 30 miles to someplace "clean", but I'd much rather build a rooftop cupola to sneak into, beer in hand to play with the Perseids.

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Message 2138 - Posted: 19 Aug 2007, 23:50:31 UTC - in response to Message 1903.  
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JRenkar wrote:
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I just have a crappy lil ol 3" bushnell reflector with tracking that can be connected to a pc....The cassegranians are nice compact and powerful (with dustcap)and have little distortion...in my younger days I ground a 8" reflector mirror at the Adler planaterium in Chicago :)

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I took a two credit hour astronomy class given by the Planetarium, which also fulfilled one of my undergrad DePaul University "free elective" classes. It was great. The class was taught by one of the chief astronomers managing the place, who also was one of the guys running Northwestern University's Telescope.

FWIW, there are also public tours of Northwestern's telescope given on Friday evenings (check out website), and it really is a blast-into-the-past experience of old-school turn-of-the-century astronomy! The building still has lot of the original construction, and entering it has the aura of walking into early 20th century astronomical observatory (unintended, I'm sure)!

As for the Alder Planetarium, well, what can I say? It is a real jewel; I highly suggest a visit by anyone passing through, or visiting Chicago. Great for children, too, but still some interesting enough for adults. Not sure if they still have classes offering telescope viewing time, or University credit. Been a while for me, too.
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Message 2274 - Posted: 24 Aug 2007, 3:05:52 UTC
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A few friends and I jointly own and operate a fairly large telescope. Photos made on it and details are available here.
And yes, it gets used a lot! Every night, in fact...
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Message 2275 - Posted: 24 Aug 2007, 3:25:57 UTC - in response to Message 2274.  
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A few friends and I jointly own and operate a fairly large telescope. Photos made on it and details are available here.
And yes, it gets used a lot! Every night, in fact...


Cool Paratima :) However the link you gave is for the HubbleSite. Need something a bit more specific to find the photos your group has uploaded. I don't think your group owns the hubble ;)
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Message 2319 - Posted: 25 Aug 2007, 13:07:03 UTC

Hubble, publicly funded, so publicly owned.

I used to have a 90mm refractor that I used to take out into the garden quite often as a kid/teenager. Trouble was it's altazimuth mount, made tracking objects difficult. Still, I impressed a couple of girlfriends with Saturns rings and craters on the moon.

Where I live now is very light polluted, but 30 minutes drive away on the North East tip of the island is very dark. I've taken binoculars up there and seen more then I ever did with the 90mm.

For a while, I've been considering an easily portable unit, a Meade, Celestron or similar.
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Message 2332 - Posted: 25 Aug 2007, 20:18:22 UTC
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I have a ten inch Newtonian that has been in a box since I moved. I need to get it out, because there is nothing like looking for yourself.
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Message 2383 - Posted: 26 Aug 2007, 21:04:52 UTC

I have 2 of them and yes I use them both.
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Message 2384 - Posted: 26 Aug 2007, 21:50:14 UTC - in response to Message 2383.  

I have 2 of them and yes I use them both.

At the same time, one for each eye, a sort of stereoscope? ;-)
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Message 2418 - Posted: 27 Aug 2007, 20:28:17 UTC

I need to borrow someones telescope to see the lunar eclipse tomorrow morning! (visible in the Americas between 2and 5 AM.)
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Message 4163 - Posted: 5 Dec 2007, 18:39:32 UTC

i have a 17.5\" dobsonian telescope that i use a lot and have for over 13 years now. i love to get a star atlas and go out and look at galaxies. from time to time i also help out with measuring out shapes of asteroids.
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Message 4177 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 1:25:29 UTC - in response to Message 4163.  
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i have a 17.5\" dobsonian telescope that i use a lot and have for over 13 years now. i love to get a star atlas and go out and look at galaxies. from time to time i also help out with measuring out shapes of asteroids.



That is impressive! A research grade telescope :) Did you build it yourself? I did some observations for the Royal Astronomical Society back in the 70\'s on double stars on an 8\" reflector,I can\'t imagine having a telescope like that for viewing pleasure....I would probably use the $ to buy more computers to crunch for Cosmo instead. ;)
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Message 4189 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 15:20:16 UTC

Hello,

I have a small 4 1/2 in reflector. Nothing fancy, solar filter for observing sunspot activity. Last used during recent lunar eclipse in our area. Will try to spot current comet during next free evening.
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Message 4195 - Posted: 7 Dec 2007, 14:45:56 UTC
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I have a small meade refractor. About actual usage that is too embarrassing to tell or never used. Because light pollution fully dominate my area.

But I used minidv video camera and that seemingly worked no less than a good amateur telescope especially at 800x digital zoom.
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Message 4196 - Posted: 7 Dec 2007, 14:55:42 UTC
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I have a Meade 10\" Schmidt-Newtonian. And I am embarrassed to say that I haven\'t used it much over the last year, due to a variety of reasons.


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Message 4204 - Posted: 7 Dec 2007, 23:10:51 UTC
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Hello all,

I have a 8\" newtonian telescope and I practice Astrophotography with it ! You can see my photos on my website here : http://astrosurf.com/rom1/photoastro.htm

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