Hello, all. My name is Bob, and I live in Gaithersburg, MD. Like most here, I've been fascinated by celestial objects since I was small. After using various cameras with a variety of lenses (including a 500mm catadioptric), I decided to get serious about my stargazing. A few weeks ago I purchased a Celestron Nexstar 8SE, along with a filter and eyepiece kit. So far I haven't been able to take it to a sufficiently dark location to allow me to perform any alignment other than on Jupiter, but at least I've gotten some nice views of our largest planetary neighbor! I've never spent much time learning how to identify the many constellations, etc., but that will change. On my second night of viewing I turned my scope to a bright star in the southern sky, and pushed the "identify" button on the controller, and the result that came back was "Urkdah" (at least I think that's what it said). It was between 9:00 and 10:00 local. Does anyone recognize this? Since I was using only Jupiter for my alignment, it's quite likely this was simply a "best guess" of the controller.
Anyway, it's good to be a member of this forum, and time to read and learn.
Everyone should be a skeptic.
Celestron NexStar 8SE, Canon EOS XSi.