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Hello from a new member!
Posted by Kindsir5 on Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:57 AM

Smile Hello All, and I am happy that I have found this aspect of Astronomy Magazine.  I am not technically qualified to discuss much in relation to Astronomy, though I once knew my way around star charts and an ephemaris as an Aircraft Navigator.  That was years ago, but I still have great intierest in all aspects of the science.

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 03, 2013 4:27 PM

Welcome 

Sorry I missed you earlier.  I guess you got buried in the flurry of recent posts, plus all of us getting used to the new forum format.

So how active in the hobby are you now?  Got a scope or binoculars?  C'mon... 'fess up!

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

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Posted by Kindsir5 on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:23 AM

SmileHI Papa Chris,

Guess that I owe an apology then too, as it has been a while since you posted too.

I do not have equipment for viewing right now, nope not even binoculars.  I have ordered a Bowditch Nav book to review celestrial navigation, and plan to order some related books later.  Taht would go with possibly a scope or at least binoculars.

I used to have Microsoft's star program installed on an older computer but that is not available now.  I should look into getting it again if it is availble.  It helped to locate the stars a little better than the Astronomy star chart.

About all for now, but sure appreciate the Welcome.

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 8:21 AM

I have that same Bowditch book on CNav.  Got it way back in the late 1980's togo with my passion of that earlier era, offshore sailing (I had a Catalina 30 on the Gulf of Mexico.)  Although it doesn't do much for the bulk of observational astronomy, I found it very interesting and devoured it to the point of purchasing a Davis Mark IV sextant.  It took a bit of practice but I got to where I could pinpoint my position within1 to 2 miles.  Pretty good at the time before GPS. (I had Loran C on the boat which could reliably get me to within about 500-1000yds). 

I would suggest a couple of other titles for you as an amatuer astronomer.  "Nitghtwatch" and "Turn Left at Orion".  These two along with "Sky and Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas" should get you indoctrinated pretty well.  As for binos, I would recommend Clestron's 15x70 Skymasters.  Only about $70.00 on Amazon.com.  I have a pair of these myself and find that I use them a whale of  lot more than my 11" scope.  Rarely a morning goes by that they don't go out with me in the early twilight when I fetch my newspaper.  A great way to start the day.

  

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Antitax on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 10:53 AM

   Yep, and Celestron issued a new 15x70, the Cavalry. It has the same size and weight but better optics and withstands little shocks better. It retails for $160 pretty much anywhere you look. Doesn't seem like it will hold alignment as well as my Fujinon tank of a binoc if it's rammed real hard against something but Celestron says it's suitable for the military and hunters. This makes me think it should absorb small hammer blows rather well. Should be more reliably collimated than the Skymaster, at any rate.

   By the way, it's not often that a newbie already knows how to navigate the starry sky, you're starting with an advantage. Last, Cartes du Ciel and Stellarium are very good free planetarium softwares.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:28 PM

Welcome to the Astronomy.com forums.  You may find some of the information on astronomy and amateur astronomy presented in my post at http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/observing/f/1/t/49111.aspx interesting.

Since the last upgrade previous forum posts will not hot-link.  My post is entitled Advice for Beginning Amateur Astronomers and appears in General Stargazing.

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Posted by Genesis 1:1 on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:07 PM

Antitax
Yep, and Celestron issued a new 15x70, the Cavalry.

This makes me think it should absorb small hammer blows rather well.

Should be more reliably collimated than the Skymaster, at any rate.

 

Well, maybe not. Black Eye

http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-71426-Cavalry-15x70-Binocular/product-reviews/B00B7LQ16I/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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Posted by Kindsir5 on Friday, October 11, 2013 4:55 AM

DaveMitsky

Welcome to the Astronomy.com forums.  You may find some of the information on astronomy and amateur astronomy presented in my post at http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/observing/f/1/t/49111.aspx interesting.

Since the last upgrade previous forum posts will not hot-link.  My post is entitled Advice for Beginning Amateur Astronomers and appears in General Stargazing.

Dave Mitsky

 

HI Dave and thank you for the link to the advice post.  I copied and pasted it to the browser, and worked great.  Also thanks to antitax and Papa Chris for their advice.  

I now have Stellarium on the computer and am in wonderment at what it can do.   I've ordered a pair of binoculars and have the pocket star atlas and turn left at Orion plus another in shipment now.  It will be several days but there is a lot of information to digest before I get them from the suggested urls.

Again, many thanks for the advice and welcome,

 

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