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Post by Sea_Change » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:09 am

Hey all,
I recently found the AstronomyForum and was sifting through there, and found that most of ya'll had moved here I am.
I have a very broad range of interests, astronomy being one of them. Unfortunately, I have never owned, or even used, a telescope.
I, once upon a time, was a professional photographer (mostly portraits and weddings), but stopped shooting professionally because it was repetitive, boring and not challenging. I still shoot a wide variety of subjects just for fun.
For astronomy, I have used my old Nikon D200 with a 300mm f/2.8 to look at the moon and stars, but because I don't have a tracking mount, I've not really tried AP, other than moon shots. I also like to drive out to darker skies, and just...look.
I have a billion questions, of course, but I will pose them in other posts...eventually.

On a more personal side, I live just outside of New Orleans, so I'm near the top of the Bortle scale...dang it. I am the proud mama of one 13yo pittie and several kitties. I do rehab of orphaned wildlife (squirrels, opossums, raccoons and one nutria!), and I volunteer with a local animal shelter.
I also work nights, so my night sky watching is at a minimum, especially when you factor in LP, clouds, humidity. All a big BOO.

That's enough for now, especially since my boss is telling me to "Get to work!" Lol
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Post by JayTee » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:20 am

Hello Laura,

Welcome to TSS. So glad you joined us.

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Post by bladekeeper » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:21 am

Hi Laura! Welcome to TSS and thanks for joining us! :)

Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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Post by AntennaGuy » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:21 am

Welcome aboard, Laura! You'll find a LOT of friendly and helpful people here.
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Post by Thefatkitty » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:17 am

Hi Laura, welcome to TSS and kudos on the wildlife rescue :handgestures-thumbupleft:

All the best,
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Post by Richard » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:45 am

Hi and welcome to TSS Laura
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Post by Lady Fraktor » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:50 am

Hello and welcome to the forums Laura :)
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
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Post by turonrambar » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:44 am

:text-welcomeconfetti: I’m a newbie too, and welcome it is nice that you are here.

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Post by Peter802 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:28 am

Welcome to the forum.
Clear Skies.

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Post by smp » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:07 pm

Hi Laura, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Telescopes: Tele Vue TV-85; Celestron C6; Questar 3.5 Standard SN 18-11421
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Post by drock » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:11 pm

Welcome and thanks for joining TSS
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Post by helicon » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:12 pm

Hello Laura and Welcome to TSS!
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Post by Makuser » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:19 pm

Hi Laura. We're all happy to have you aboard here on TSS. And that was a very nice introduction from you. Also, you came to the right place to learn more about astronomy, telescopes, and eyepieces from the friendly and knowledgeable folks on here. Welcome to the forum Laura, and the best of wishes on your astronomy endeavors.
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Post by Gordon » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:11 pm

Welcome to TSS Laura!!

Scopes: Explore Scientific ED80CF, Skywatcher 254N, Orion ST80, Orion Atlas EQ-g mount, Orion SSAG guider. Baader MPCC MkIII coma corrector, Vixen 70mm refractor. Lunt LS35THa solar scope. Skywatcher EQ5pro mount. Imagers: ZWO ASI1600 MM Cool, ZWO ASI174mm-C (for use with my Quark chromosphere), ZWO ASI120MC Filters: LRGB, Ha 7nm, O-III 7nm, S-II 7nm Eyepieces: a few, Primary software: Cartes du Ciel, EQMOD, SGP, Nebulosity, Photoshop, StarTools V1.4
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Post by Hankmeister3 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:01 pm

Welcome aboard, Laura. If nothing else, you involvement here will be delightfully educational in all matters astronomy!
Telescopes: Meade LX90 10-inch f/10 UHC Coma-free SCT; Explore Scientific 127mm f/7.5 APO ED triplet refractor; Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 APO ED triplet refractor; Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 APO ED triplet refractor; Skywatcher 72mm f/6 ED Schott doublet refractor; Meade 70mm f/5 APO quadruplet astrograph refractor; Skywatcher Quattro 8-inch f/4 Newtonian astrograph; Orion 6-inch f/4 Newtonian astrograph; Skywatcher SkyMax 180mm f/15 Maksutov; iOptron 150mm f/12 Maksutov; Orion f/9 Ritchey-Chretien RC astrograph
Eyepieces: Set of 7 Baader Hyperion eyepieces, 3 Meade 5000 glass handgrenades; 1970s era Japanese manufactured Meade 12.5mm Orthoscopic, and too many other eclectic eyepieces to list
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Post by Ylem » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:10 pm

Welcome aboard:)
Thanks for joining us Laura
A bunch of SCTs and MCTs scattered around the house and an Orion ST80.
A big box of Plossls :D

Clear Skies,
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Post by Braingasim » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:48 am

Hi there Laura, Welcome to the forums!
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Post by StarGazer45 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:40 am

Hello Laura! Welcome to TSS!

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-Mounts: Alt-azimuthal for the 76/350

-Filters: solar filter for the 76/350

-Eyepieces: 4mm, 25mm

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Post by russmax » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:44 pm

Hello and welcome!
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