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Old 01-26-2017, 08:46 AM   #15
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We went deer in Utah 25yrs ago at an elevation of 8,000 ft. My dad pointed out what looked like moving stars, with no flashing lights for airplanes. He told us that these were satellites, with the sun reflecting on them. Is this true?
They very likely were satellites. Not sure how many there were then, but today there are over 2000 man-made objects in orbit. Some are very easily spotted like the ISS - you can actually sign-up for text messages from NASA telling when the next ISS sighting will be at your location (https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/)
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Old 01-28-2017, 01:39 PM   #16
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Telescope for Astrophotography

I am interested in a telescope for astrophotography. I'm also in the market for a heavy duty tri-pod with multiple axis tiltible mount.

For those interested in the eclipse, there is also an eclipse thread in Off-topic forums. I'm posting information there regarding where I purchased eclipse glasses etc.
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Old 01-28-2017, 02:14 PM   #17
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A lot of the desert national parks and monuments now advertise as Dark Sky sites. Oftentimes they will have a big telescope and ranger talk at night about star-gazing.

I've got the Skymap app on my cell phone. Just noting, however, that cell phone service can be spotty to none in some of these places, so an old-fashioned paper guide to the night sky is advised.
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For paper maps the "Sky Atlas 2000" remains my trusted source.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:05 AM   #19
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Just tagging in to follow the discussions. We've stayed at Cherry Springs a couple of time with our '64 Safari, including a super moon eclipse. It was great, we just parked off to the side to prevent blocking anyone else. We covered the interior lights with red film and it worked well. Since then, we found some LED lights at Sam's Club that are battery operated and offer a choice of color (white, red, blue, and green). They come in multipacks and each pack has a controller allowing you to select the color on all lights at once. The photo shows a couple on the dinette and a couple on each wardrobe shelf in our '68 Overlander. They red light the interior very well at night.

Great thread, thanks for the discussion.

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Old 01-31-2017, 02:05 PM   #20
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I also found some red LEDs that appear to be easy replacements for the stock LED chips on my '17 23FB. Haven't bought any yet though. Can any one speak to how easy it is to pop the puck lens cover off to swap chips? Worth doing for a weekend if use?
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I have a Celestron Nexstar 8" SC that I have been wanting to take out and have never done it. So far all our camping has been in state parks or RV parks. I'd like to do some OTG camping where we can have darker skies.

We have reservations in KY for an eclipse rally and I will be taking it, hoping there are some good sites for nightime viewing. I have a camera to go with it, so hopefully I can get a proper filter and get some good video. I haven't looked into the camera FOV issue yet.
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I am a newbie to astromomy and would be interested in getting together with other camper/peepers in the 4 corners/ southwest. I have a garage sale Telestar 4" reflector.

I also have 40 acres outside of Estancia NM with pretty dark skies and would welcome visitors.
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From time to time I will travel with my Nextstar 5. It is a fun telescope. You can see it next to the SUV in one of the pics. The other is a short exposure of the Andromeda galaxy. the camera was a little heavy for the small 'scope! Both taken in Bend last summer just before I bought a house down here.

At home I have a 4"APO and a 10" LX200. Going to hopefully build an observatory this summer now I live under dark skies

The best telescope is like the best camera. One you will actually use. If it is too complex or heavy then you may not use it.
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I am interested in a telescope for astrophotography.
That's a rabbit hole. There are web cams being used with eyepiece adaptors all the way to full-blown liquid cooled cameras. My friend has 5 acres in a small astronomy community, so there's no lights on good viewing days.
My eyes got so dark adapted that we thought we had left a light on in the house, and it turned out to be the light given off by the pilot light of the stove! He's gone full blown 18" F2.8 computer controlled with a SBIG camera and filter wheel. Stacking images, and software subtracts noise. There's no eyepiece, strictly imaging. Too difficult, IMO. (still way ahead of film)

The roof is on a track and one person can roll it off.
The scope he uses most is a 20" Dobsonian.
If I was to do it (I sold my 8" Meade) I'd get a 12" Dob. No stepladder needed, fun and simple.
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I'm also in the market for a heavy duty tri-pod with multiple axis tiltible mount.
Heavy duty is good. It's amazing how much shake can be induced in a average tripod. (Look into Losmandy) But I'm not sure about multiple axis tilt. Astronomy tripods are designed to be aligned equatorially. (Aimed at the north star). That way, stars and planets move in one plane only. Motorized tripods will track objects. (called right assension, the other axis is declination, and it's adjustable, but not much.)We actually aligned one guy's scope using GPS. I was amazed that walking 10' made a 1 second change in the readout. It's a long process and when you've got it, you don't move it.
It's amazing how often an airplane flies through your attempt at an image. or satellite or shooting star. The airplane you can just hold a black card over the front.

Now, I enjoy sitting in a lawn chair with a good set of binoculars. (mine are 10 x 70's).
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Wow! I wish I had a dome like that. Mine will be a shed with a roll off roof

If I am a good boy I will get to use the wife's DSLR at night!
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