Greetings from Lima, Peru

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  • Member since
    October, 2013
Greetings from Lima, Peru
Posted by Augusto_Gabaldoni on Monday, October 28, 2013 11:01 AM

Hello to everyone! I am new in here, I live in Lima, Peru and I just bought my first telescope a Celestron CGEM 925. For years I wanted to get into this beautiful hobby but only now was I at a point where I could finally get into it, buying a good telescope, and having the time to devote to this amazing hobby. I´m 51, married and have 4 kids, 3 of which are grown up and independent. I will also become a grandfather very soon. I hope to get at least my younger kid and later my grandchildren interested in this amazing hobby!


A few months ago, someone lent me an old very used telescope but it was one of the basic inexpensive department store bought telescope. It made me confirm what I had thought, that to get into this hobby and not be dissapointed, one had to get good quality equipment or risk being frustrated. I realized I needed to go for good equipment and not the inexpensive models.


When I finally decided to buy a telescope I faced the difficult task of choosing the right equipment for my budget. I have to say that when you are new to this hobby, making the right choice of equipment can be a daunting task. You are not sure what to get, the type of telescope to buy, the right eye`pieces, filters etc. I was super fortunate to get Sherry Hand from who assisted me in everything, helped me with several aspects of my purchase including the paperwork I needed to get my equipment thru customs which in my country is a complex task. She helped more tha I would expect, fulfilled all my requests, clarified all my questions regarding equipment etc. and made my purchase a great experience. I was really fortunate to have her help as it was invaluable. I am sure there are other companies who will provide you with great service too but I can say that service was great!


I hope to meet other astronomy enthusiasts here and learn from you all! I am sure that here I will find people who are willing to assist newcomers like me in learning the ins and outs of this magnificent hobby!





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Posted by Antitax on Monday, October 28, 2013 2:42 PM

   Another lucky witness of the Southern Sky! Now that you have your scope you pretty much have access to the whole sky from this latitude not far from the equator.

TS 8x40 Wildlife, 10x50 Marine/Fujinon 16x70/TS 80mm triplet, 6x30 finder, EQ-3 mount, TS 2" 99% diagonal/Celestron C5+ and 6x30 finder, DIY tripod/5" Bahtinov/12" GSO dob, 8x50 finder/Meade 2" 24mm 82°/Hyperion 24,13,10mm 68°/TS Expanse 17mm 70°/SW 7mm Panorama 82°/Ultima 2x barlow/Astronomik UHC-E filter/Baader O-III/Astro Solar 5" & 80mm filters/Sky Atlas 2000/Rükl's Moon Atlas/Canon 400D/5mW green laser

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:23 AM

Welcome to the forums, Augusto.  You may find some of the information on astronomy and amateur astronomy presented in my post entitled Advice for Beginning Amateur Astronomers under General Stargazing interesting. (previous posts will no longer hot-link here since the last forum upgrade)

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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