I am new to this forum, but I was a member of the old Astronomyforum.net from a few years back, but wasn't particularly active there. I recently rediscovered my interest in Astronomy and tried to log in to astronomyforum only to find out it isn't around anymore. I believe many from there have found a new home here.
Having been reinfected with the Astronomy bug, I recently pulled the trigger and purchased an SCT - A Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8". Upgrading from a 102mm achromatic refractor to an 8" SCT has been an exciting step! I can't wait to get the scope out to a dark sky location. Currently, I've just been limited to backyard viewing under the light-polluted skies of the Los Angeles Basin. I can't wait until the Planets are visible at a more reasonable time. Haven't had an opportunity to take a look at them through the new scope yet –- It's very inconsiderate of them to show up in the sky WAY after my bedtime, in the wee hours of the morning. ;-)
Hi Dennis. It's great to have you join us here on TSS. You should enjoy that new Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8 telescope for many years. Welcome to the forum Dennis and the best of wishes on your astronomy hobby adventures.
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Orion XT12i 12" f/4.9 Dobsonian Intelliscope.
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Hey Dennis, welcome back from the old to the new! And welcome back to the hobby; you'll love that scope!
All the best,
Mark "The Hankmeister" Celestron 8SE, William Optics Zenithstar 61mm
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Hello and welcome. I registered in the AF just around the time it become defunct.
Luckily there was an invitation to check here.
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Telescope: OrionOptics XV12, Mount: CEM120, Tri-pier 360 and alternative dobson mount.
Grab 'n go: Omegon AC 102/660 on AZ-3 mount
Eyepieces: 26 mm Omegon SWAN 70°, 15 mm TV Plössl, 12.5 mm Baader Morpheus, 10 mm TV Delos, 6 mm Baader Classic Ortho, 5 mm TV DeLite, 4 mm and 3 mm TV Radians
Cameras: ZWO ASI 294MM Pro, Omegon veLOX 178C
OAG: TS-Optics TSOAG09, ZWO EFW 7 x 36 mm, ZWO filter sets: LRGB and Ha/OIII/SII
Explore Scientific HR 2" coma corrector, Meade x3 1.25" Barlow, TV PowerMate 4x 2"
Some filters (#80A, ND-96, ND-09, Astronomik UHC)
Laptop: Acer Enduro Urban N3 semi-rugged, Windows 11
LAT 61° 28' 10.9" N, Bortle 5
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Scopes: Explore Scientific ED102 APO, Sharpstar 61 EDPH II APO
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro with Rowan Belt Mod
Stuff: ASI EAF Focus Motor (x2), Orion 50mm Guide Scope, ZWO 30 mm Guide Scope, Orion SSAG, ZWO ASI 120mm mini, Stellarview 0.8 FR/FF, Sharpstar 0.8 FR/FF
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