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Any amateur astronomers in the house?

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I was wondering if in this group we have anyone that is into astronomy? Anyone have or know much about telescopes?

I have been getting into astrophotography and I am going to be making a telescope purchase soon and need some guidance.

Thanks in advance!

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Not neccessarily but I do like looking up from time to time. I can't help with the telescope but you may enjoy this software.

http://www.stellarium.org/ I have this installed on the PC I have hooked up to the TV in the living room. It's fun to play with every once in awhile.

The interface is a little weird but luckily there are tutorials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtLH0FafrI

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I have that downloaded. It's an awesome program and I would definitely recommend everyone downloading it.

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Forget the telescope & just enjoy your iPhone with Starwalk: http://vitotechnology.com/star-walk.html

 

 

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Oh, & when I posted the above picture on FB in June & someone asked where I go to see the night sky:

There's a deserted golf course in Clear Lake; it's not perfect to see amazing things like the Milky Way, but it's still good to see Scorpio, Bootes, Virgo, & major figures like Vega, Arcturus, Saturn, Jupiter, & Venus

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I have star walk and sky view and all of those already. I am looking to really get into the hobby and do astrophotography... Hence needing a telescope. I have already started doing Milky Way shots (not around here obviously) and now looking into more deep sky objects.

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I have a 4.25 (celestron 114) that I am interested in letting go of for the right price. Contact me...

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In high school we made our own. We were able to get free lead for weights and the school provided us with a place to work after school. Someone at Stanford put the mirror finish on the lens. If you are into photography you want a telescope that will track the earth movements for time exposures. The hardest part if driving far enough away from city lights and pollution.

 

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Be sure to hit the Houston Astronomical Society who meets at the U of H monthly. They maintain a dark site out in Columbus and have numerous awesome scopes and people who love to talk about em (and show you how to use em)

The speakers are normally excellent, and sometimes luminaries in the field. 

https://www.astronomyhouston.org/events/meetings

 

There are several other astronomy clubs in the greater Houston area that may be helpful to you also.

I wish I could be of more direct help, but I'm barely able to spell Dobsonian Galaxy 8 ;) 

 

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