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Hello
Posted by mprinceo24 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:06 PM

Hello, I'm new to the forums and new to Astronomy. I injured my back about 6 months ago and have been out of work for that time, and I was in search of a new hobby to keep me busy. I've always been interested in astronomy, I'm also a night owl so it made sense to take up stargazing. I'm looking forward to meeting new people with the same interest, and people i can hopefully learn from.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:16 PM

Hi! and Welcome

 

Totally new to the hobby?  If so let me reccomend a good book to help you get started - "Nitghtwatch".  It'll help introduce you to  the hobby.  That and to be active here and ask a lot of questions.  You'll find lots of willing helpers. 

---Poppa Chris---

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, October 11, 2013 1:21 AM

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

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 Antitax on Friday, October 11, 2013 4:32 AM

   How is the sky where you live?

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Posted by mprinceo24 on Friday, October 11, 2013 5:31 AM

Yeah, totally new. Thanks for the recomendation on "Nightwatch", I'll definitely give it a read. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on such as Sky News, Sky & telescope and, Astronomy Magazine, also numerous websites. Thank you again. 

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Posted by mprinceo24 on Friday, October 11, 2013 5:38 AM

Antitax

   How is the sky where you live?

 

 

 

The sky is not so good as I live in the city (Grand Rapids, MI), however, I'm about 30-40 from Lake Michigan and the skies are grreat there. My wife and I have 4 kids, and are schedules are as hectic as they come. So I'm limited to viewing from my driveway most nights, and I have quite a few trees obstructing my veiw in most directions. I have a decent veiw  to the East and get a good veiw of Jupiter & Mars right now, I actually just came back in from watching Jupiter cross over. How about you, how are the skies there?

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Posted by Antitax on Friday, October 11, 2013 12:25 PM

mprinceo24

How about you, how are the skies there?

   Orange.

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Posted by mprinceo24 on Friday, October 11, 2013 7:52 PM

Antitax

 

 
mprinceo24

How about you, how are the skies there?

 

 

   Orange.

 

Very nice! 

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