Hello, My name is Brandon!

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    February, 2014
Hello, My name is Brandon!
Posted by Encumbrance on Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:25 PM

Hello everyone! My name is Brandon. I am a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer major looking to minor in Astronomy. I have not taken any courses on astronomy yet. But will be taking Astrophysics 1 next semester, hopefully.


I've had a pair of binoculars for maybe two years, every now and then I would use them. But I'd always take them on vacation since usually there's much less light pollution than New Jersey.

This Christmas I got a beginner telescope. Celestron PowerSeeker 114. Really a lot of fun. Staying out for hours in sub freezing temperatures this winter break. Back at school now though and I really don't get to go out anymore. 

I got an extra set of eyepieces, I think it was 9x and 15x. Really happy about that cause the 4x is really difficult to use especially witht he Barlow Lens.

My University has a 20 inch telescope observatory, but I have yet to get to it.

I hope to get a lot of use out of this forum as a always have a lot of questions.

Thanks and it'll be nice to meet you guys!

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  • From: PA, USA, Earth Moderator
Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, February 17, 2014 11:01 AM

Welcome to the Astronomy.com forums, Brandon.

Eyepieces are measured in terms of focal length in millimeters so that would be 4, 9, and 15mm.  Dividing telescope focal length by eyepiece focal length yields magnification.  


You may find it interesting that there's a line of highly-regarded "planetary" eyepieces known as Brandons.


Some of the information on astronomy and amateur astronomy presented in my post entitled Advice for Beginning Amateur Astronomers under General Stargazing may prove useful to you.

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/observing/f/1/t/49111.aspx (previous posts will no longer hot-link here since the last forum upgrade)

Dave Mitsky

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

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