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    Many of you may not know this but I'm an Astronomy nut. I have three telescopes and often spent my time outside at night looking into the dark skies in wonder. Anyway, I have a very important question for you good people. What is your favorite planet? Mine happens to be Uranus.



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    Saturn.

    I have a ten inch Celestron Newt with a flakey controller gathering dust.
    Meh eyepieces, but the mirror is really nice and the tube is flocked.

    I need to do something with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Saturn.

    I have a ten inch Celestron Newt with a flakey controller gathering dust.
    Meh eyepieces, but the mirror is really nice and the tube is flocked.

    I need to do something with it.
    My first telescope was an Astroscan. I took it to college and you can just imagine what my roomate wanted to use it for. I still have it btw.



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    I also had one of these from Orion. It had a ten inch mirror.



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    Quote Originally Posted by couch_incident View Post
    I have a very important question for you good people. What is your favourite body part? Mine happens to be Uranus.
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    Saturn is my second favourite planet.

    My first is a really oddball one covered mostly in water and appearing blue from outer space.
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    Jupiter used to be my favorite planet but it had too many moons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by couch_incident View Post
    Jupiter used to be my favourite planet but it kept mooning me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by couch_incident View Post
    I also had one of these from Orion. It had a ten inch mirror.



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    Vastly better mount than what I have my on my C10.
    I'm thinking of making a Dob mount for it rather than going with another German Eq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Vastly better mount than what I have my on my C10.
    I'm thinking of making a Dob mount for it rather than going with another German Eq.
    Here is a wierd video on how to make a Dob.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdxcoMATOo"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdxcoMATOo[/ame]

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    Whats the name of the one that has a horizontal (to the ecliptic) axis? Big brown marble that rolls its way around the sun.
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    A couple of months ago, I found a $15 Newtonian reflector at a yard sale and bought it. I immediately purchased a decent eyepiece and a barlow lens, and I've really enjoyed it. It's only 500mm with a 4.5 inch (I think) mirror, but it's enough to see Jupiter and 4 of its moons, and Saturday night I saw the Orion Nebula from my light-polluted back yard. Now I'm wanting something a bit more capable, but I'll have to just keep my eyes peeled on Craigslist. Can't really justify a new scope right now (plus I also want a microscope).

    Oh, and besides Earth, I guess my favorite planet is Jupiter. That's the only one I've been able to see so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    A couple of months ago, I found a $15 Newtonian reflector at a yard sale and bought it. I immediately purchased a decent eyepiece and a barlow lens, and I've really enjoyed it. It's only 500mm with a 4.5 inch (I think) mirror, but it's enough to see Jupiter and 4 of its moons, and Saturday night I saw the Orion Nebula from my light-polluted back yard. Now I'm wanting something a bit more capable, but I'll have to just keep my eyes peeled on Craigslist. Can't really justify a new scope right now (plus I also want a microscope).

    Oh, and besides Earth, I guess my favorite planet is Jupiter. That's the only one I've been able to see so far.
    Just so you know, Telescopes and Astronomy can be highly addictive...just like bikes. With that said, if you are interested in Astronomy I suggest you find a local community group before you buy another scope. You will also learn more about Astronomy as well.

    If you don't have a local group I highly suggest you pick up 'Turn Left At Orion'. It's an awesome book and I use it everytime I look up at the stars.



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    Quote Originally Posted by couch_incident View Post
    Here is a wierd video on how to make a Dob.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdxcoMATOo

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    Not to mention, it looked like he was using a screwdriver as a chisel for mortising his secondary mirror mount.

    Gliese 581c is pretty cool, but my favorite planet is Saturn.

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    I thought a bunch of Klingons lived on Uranus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    I thought a bunch of Klingons lived on Uranus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    I thought a bunch of Kling-ons are stuck on Uranus?
    Dude, that's what toilet paper is for...

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    I had A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, a decent set of binoculars, and no light pollution whatsoever growing up (farm). One year I received a crappy Sears telescope from Santa, but that's as far as I got into it. The observatory on campus here is open to the public on Saturday nights; it's pretty cool. I do like being able to identify most major constellations and planets.
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    Saturn

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    Favorite: Earth
    Second Favorite: Mars, cause I can see it pretty well with my el cheapo Tasco tele
    third: Saturn, I never get tired of seeing those rings.

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