anyone here own a telescope or stargaze on the regular? I was thinking about getting into it but don't know where to start
>>1980831not much to look at where i liveliterally all you gotta do is sit somewhere and look up. find a book on the cosmos and read up, learn about them. learn to identify planets and stars. doesn't seem like a hard thing to start doing
>>1980843I live near the Appalachian trail and could go out there for good visibility. Already can recognize most constellations. do you just use sight of eye? no telescope?To be honest, I live in the Hudson Valley which is a UFO hotspot, and have already seen weird shit at night. I thought a scope might come in handy
I do astronomy and astrophotography as a main hobby. What's your budget and how far are you from dark skies? If you really want to get into it check out the cloudy nights website, they have a ton of info.
>>1980848Binoculars. A pair of 7x40 or close to is great. I currently own 4 telescopes and I still use my 10x50 binoculars a ton for stargazing. If you recognize most constellations get a star atlas and find star clusters.
I get decent darkness where I live, but all I have is a cheap pair of binoculars for now. This year I'll probably try to get something better, stargazing is very entertaining.
>>1981479Nice setup anon
>>1981522Thanks, that's one of my several setups. Winter astronomy is best astronomy
>>1981479I have little light pollution where I live, and if I hike out, probably none.I'm willing to drop a couple hundred bucks, maybe $400 max can I see some of your photos btw?
>>1981658If you can easily transport a telescope get a 6 or 8" dobsonian for viewing. They give great views and are pretty affordable. Don't both with imaging or electronics unless you're going to drop more money. I can post some of my pics later. All I have on my phone are the full size photos which are way too big to post.
>>1981479Do you have a TEC by any chance?
>>1981705No, I wish I did. Someday I'll treat myself to a TEC 140. I do have a Stellarvue with a tested strehl of 0.98 though.
>>1981577I see you have a polemaster adapter. Polar aligning the mount is a breeze with it.
>>1980831I do have one and used it once or twice to look at jupiter but I live in a large urban area so I can’t really use it to it’s full potential. Maybe I’ll finally be able to watch the stars when I move out in a few months.
>>1980831Get a pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars. Go look at the orion nebula and andromeda That's where you start.
>>1981479Did you get any images from the jupiter-saturn convergence on dec. 21?I took my tiny scope out to look, it was pretty sick.
>>1982501Sadly no, we've had clouds almost nonstop for a month or so in my area.
These are three of my more used scopes. A little brown case is a tiny little mac stop about three and a half inch diameter made by Ad Astra. Should give away who made it as in later years it was made by the Kimball Organ Company, which explains the weird finish on the case.The long one on the left is a 7in maksutov Newtonian, and the one on the right is and 8 inch maksutov cassegrain, both made by Intes.The shorter squat one is more suitable for astrophotography or viewing fairly small objects or planets
>>1982627The telescope is very small weighs about a pound and a half. You focus by screwing or unscrewing the front corrector. You can do photography with it as the rears unscrews to reveal an M 42 threaded mount to which you can adopt virtually any modern SLR or mirrorless camera
>>1982586Too bad, it was way cool. I could just make out some color on both planets, and the galilean moons were lined up so sweetly.
Start by spending $800 on a new scope, identify the summer triangle, then the northern cross, then find the double star in the cross. Find nebulas
I wish I knew things about telescopes :\
>>1982836You live in the age of the internet. Go to cloudy nights and learn something people there are very willing to share their knowledge and their time if you live close enough to one of them.
>>1980831>i don't know where to start>download stellarium on your phone>go on night walks.Learn the Big Dipper. It's part of the constellation Ursa Major . The lip of the bowl points to the north star.Learn the North Star. It's in the constellation Ursa Minor.Learn Cassiopeia. She is roughly on the other side of ursa minor from ursa major. She makes a clear M or W in the sky. The central point of which, points, roughly, to the north star.Now that you know those 3. You can orient yourself with the night sky and branch out from there to learn the other constellations around it. I use them and Orion to find most everything. You know Orion's belt right? And that he has a dong? That helps you orient off of that constellation. So you can learn what's above it, below it, etc.You should also look up meteor shower dates and plan on viewing them if you can. https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/And by then you'll know the basic constellations and where to look. And you didn't have to spend a dime.
>>1980831Get a mirror (newtonian) telescope if you're getting into it. Galilean telescopes have chromatic aberration which sucks assa
>>1982379>some day I will treat myself to a 140You should! Amazing scopes. I'm one of the opticians at TEC, working mostly on the bigger offerings, 180s, 200s, 250s and special projects. Pic related is a 300mm bsl7 lens I'm working on for our 300 VT astrograph.
>tfw my telescope is locked in the bed of my ute 11000 miles away. It might as well be on Saturn.
>>1983474Give my regards to Yuri. I managed to locate enough molded NOS Maksutov corrector to make possibly two dozen 11" Maksutovs of various focal ratios. I also found some more 8 1/2" Water white crown made by Chance Pilkington. These one were to be used by Quantum for a second and third run of 8" f15
>tfw want to get into astrology but my eyes are fuckyFeels bad man.
>>1983529Astrology, astronomy, stargazing, all the same things. My point is staring at little dots in the sky doesn't work well for me
>>1983530Astrology is magic crystal bullshit that doesn't involve actual looking at the stars, stop being defective please.
>>1983536Ahh you're just using different fancy words, it all means the same thing.
>>1983530Looking into the Milky Way with a small scope and looking into a sea of stars.