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Old 03-20-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Any Star Gazers out there?

Just wonder how many amateur astronomers out there that RV.
What kind of gear do you use
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:26 AM   #2
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I do when the opportunity arises.

My family actually tries to schedule dark sky locations here in Texas whenever the moon is dark

12" Dob with a bunch of high end glass. Ethos, nagler, etc.

Tele Vue 21mm Ethos being my favorite to just pop in the scope and push around to see what I see. The fov on that piece lets you get completely lost in your own little world.
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Tele Vue 21mm Ethos being my favorite to just pop in the scope and push around to see what I see. The fov on that piece lets you get completely lost in your own little world.
Nice -

I lived in New Mexico for awhile and the viewing was awesome. Don't get those kind'a skies here in Michigan unless your in the upper peninsula. Urban sprawl is taking it's toll.
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And you? What are you lugging around?
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I try to get out often, not always successful. I have a Meade 8" SC Lot of upgrades and eyepieces. Sky here is suffering from urban sprawl so I try to take it with me if I'm going to an area with dark skies.
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I take along a 12" Meade and smaller spotting scope. Lots of dark skies out West. Its fun to take people out who have never seen the Milky Way with their own eyes. Most from the East Coast have never really seen a dark sky.
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Nothing fancy

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And you? What are you lugging around?
Celestron Omni XLT 120 Refractor

It's a manageable size.
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Just me and my eyes...but love to see the constellations...oh...wait...new toy for my android phone called star chart....found it in the Google store. Pretty good.
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14" Celestron. Haven't been out in awhile...too cloudy here in SW CO.
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Just me and my eyes...but love to see the constellations...oh...wait...new toy for my android phone called star chart....found it in the Google store. Pretty good.
Yes there are very cool apps out there nowadays.

Forgot to mention when I lived in N.M. we used to see some VERY strange things in the skies late at night. We attributed a lot of it coming from the Air Force and White Sands missile range base. Of course I cannot say what we saw as THEY would have to kill me.
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Star gazer all my life. Unfortunately I live in semi-cloudy suburban Michigan so mixed bag.

Latest are a Meade 12" Lightbridge dob and a Williams Optics Megrez 90mm that I sometimes take with me on the trips to the darker skies.
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Just me and my eyes...but love to see the constellations...oh...wait...new toy for my android phone called star chart....found it in the Google store. Pretty good.
One of my favorites.... it's my go to app when I'm quickly looking for something. My kids also like looking at the artwork.
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Haven't had it out in over a year due to full timing and it's too big, a 4" f12 refractor, classic style. All homemade. It has a solid brass, bronze, stainless steel and titanium equatorial mount. It is similar to a Unitron /Clark refractor. It took me 13 years to build a little at a time and is a keeper. My son will get when I'm too old to assemble it (it's big and heavy). I'm living in my new home now and will be using it this spring and summer.
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Cool For all those that gaze.

Amazing time laps of the universe around us. Enjoy !
(Note: Turn your volume setting down to 1/4)

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