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After a couple of years of illness, which stopped me doing much astronomy, I'm now feeling a lot better, and able to get out and do some sky watching. The observatory is back up, and the telescope installed, but I think it probably needs some collimation after being moved about. Hello to anyone who remembers me from all those years ago!

It is 50 years since I got my first telescope, but I still enjoy the hobby. In those days I remember standing out in freezing weather for hours looking through my little TASCO 4VTE "Asteroid" 40mm refractor. :sprefac: I still have it, and occasionally it get's taken out, but today I mostly use my 11" Celeston. :observatory: I don't stand about in freezing weather anymore!
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Hello Aratus. It's great to have you back in action again. And I hope that you have many clear skies to enjoy using your 11" Celestron telescope. Welcome back Aratus and the best of wishes on your astronomy hobby adventures.
:text-welcomeconfetti: BACK
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Celestron Omni XLT150R f/5 Refractor on CG4 mount with dual axis drives.
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Orion XT12i 12" f/4.9 Dobsonian Intelliscope.
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Glad to see that you are back on TSS. Congrats also on your improving health situation.
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Dobsonian: 10" Zhumell f/4.9
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Hello, even if I'm a rookie here! :lol:
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:text-welcomeconfetti:
I LOVE REFRACTORS ,
:Astronomer1: Tele Vue 85 :sprefac:
EYEPIECES, Delos , Delite ang 26mm Nagler t5 .

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Hi Aratus, and welcome back here to the Forum!

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Hello Aratus,

Welcome back. Glad you've rejoined us.
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Welcome back to the hobby and forum.
Good luck with the continued good health. :)
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F13 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness
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Welcome back Aratus! Glad that you are doing much better.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102ED; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD, 8" SCT, 150ST, Onyx 80ED; iOptron: Hankmeister 6" Mak; SW: 7" Mak; Meade: 80ST.
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EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68, 62; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWA, SWA.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric; AltairAstro: 2" prism.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S, 6-color set; Astronomik: UHC.

Observing: DSOs: 2625 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 2085, S110: 77). Doubles: 1831, Comets: 26, Asteroids: 133
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Welcome back! Glad to have you on-board!!

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Welcome back Aratus; I remember you, hope you continue to get out! :D

All the best,
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I can emphasize with the health issues, I’m glad you are in better health.
I’ve learned a lot since I knew it all.
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Post by Ylem »

Welcome back Aratus!

Glad your health has improved :)
Clear Skies,
-Jeff :telescopewink:

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Many thanks for all your replies. I'm probably going to be a bit limited with the Deep Space objects in my new location, but I notice there will be a bumper crop of planets on view this winter. Jupiter and Saturn especially will be lot higher than in recent years. I'm looking into the possibility of working things remotely from a 'warm' place in the coldest weather. I'll be picking forum member's brains to help me sort that one out!
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