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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:48 PM

Hi,

This thread is about STARGAZING abd everything connected with it.

Share your experiences, practices, where you could buy astronomical telescopes (astro scope), its astro scope parts, etc.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:59 PM

SIMULAN KO NA

I have a Meade Polaris 60AZ-M (padala saakin mula 'tate). Unfortunately, sira ang diagonal mirror ko and I am trying to look for the part.

Meron ba ditong nakakaalam kung saan pwede bumili ng parts ng meade dito sa pinas?

Anyway, super saya ang mag star gaze, kahit tumingala ka lang sa langit eh ok na, if you really just wanna SEE the wonders of our universe. Pero iba pa din yung may telescope ka kasi mas madami kang pwedeng gawin at makita na hindi kaya ng mga mata natin.

Nakakita ka naba ng nebula with ther naked eye lang?

para sa mga gustong magsimula kung may binoculars ka dun ka na muna mag simula unahin mo munang tinagnan yung mga pinaka malaki o pinakamaliwanag na tala o kahit ano mang bagay ang nakikita mo sa langit. pag sawa kana sa binocs mo at gusto mo nang tumingin ng iba pang mga bagay bagay eh dun kana bumilio ng astro scope (for begginers lang muna).

TIPS in stargazing with the aid os scopes:

1) gaze where there is little or no pollutiuon at all. Tagaytay o Silang for example

2) adjust your eyes to the darkness for atleast 15 mins (if you wana observe deep space objects like nebulas)

3) your scope should fit the purpose. meaning kuing pang planetary and scope mo, dapat planets/moons tingnan mo.

TIPS in buying your first scope (FOR NEOPHYTES ONLY):

1) BUY THE BRAND THAT CAN SERVICE YOUR NEEDS DURING AND AFTER THE SALE.

2) Buy a trustworthy brand

3) Buy a begginers scope, just to get the feel of it.

4) DON'T BUY A TOY SCOPE. buy the ones used by neophyte astronomers.

5) Buy the scope that best suites your interest. (more on this soon)

o yan, mahaba na yan. till next time.

Edited by b_9904, 27 December 2007 - 01:01 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:25 PM

PS:

NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN UNLESS YOU"VE GOT A SUN FILTER FOR YOUR SCOPE.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:30 PM

wow. do you mean yung mga scopes sa toys are us panget? im planning to buy pa naman the 7k plus. o ok na yun for beginers? san ba meron dito ng scopes? dun lang ako nakakita sa mga toys stores eh. its a kit na with stands and all. forgot the name pero next time tignan ko rin specs para tanong ko sayo kung ok na yun. ty! sobrang interested ako.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 02:02 PM

wow. do you mean yung mga scopes sa toys are us panget? im planning to buy pa naman the 7k plus. o ok na yun for beginers? san ba meron dito ng scopes? dun lang ako nakakita sa mga toys stores eh. its a kit na with stands and all. forgot the name pero next time tignan ko rin specs para tanong ko sayo kung ok na yun. ty! sobrang interested ako.


dude,

kung meade naman yung binebenta sa TOYS R US eh ok na siguro yun. wala namang meade na toy eh hehehe

anyway, i suggest you ask other members about this or browse other forums before buying your first scope. the first scope could make or break your interest in astronomy kasi.

Also, be aware na pwede kang gumawa ng sarili mong telesscope. :)

PS:

Ano specs ng tinitingnan mong telescope? (use the format below)

SPEC FORMAT:

1) Aperture (Determines light gathering power of the scope) -->the bigger the better. This is the main consideration if you want to look at nebulas or other deep space objects.

2) Power (Magnification power) --> If you want to observe planets you should put more consideration to this item.

3) Brand

4) Price

5) Availability of after market service

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 02:13 PM

ive never tried using anything except my two eyes. okay naman :) a few for me are indentifiable on most clear nights. the ones i recognize of the bat are orion and orions belt, the big and little dipper, and venus.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:18 PM

so if not going to buy a scope at a toy store, where then? meron bang telescope store dito? i dont think im gonna make my own. gimme the intro specs so i can compare it to what ive seen at toys r us. definitely not a meade.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:49 PM

^

http://www.skyandtel...quipment/basics

go to the site and post again here.

where?!?!?! well... i really dont know. seriuosly.

mine was sent thru fedex from NY.

Why dont you contact dealers from hong kong and they might try to sent your order via mail.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 06:48 PM

dude i couldve googled that myself. in fact i did na kanina. its helpful nonetheless. thanks! ill let you know the specs when i go to the toy shop again. i hope its ok for begginers cuz i dont have much money for pricey scopes. ty again!

Edited by novocaine, 27 December 2007 - 06:53 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 09:20 PM

^sorry if i wasn't much of a help re: where you could purchase a scope.

hmmm... try roaming the streets of raon?

i've heard there are many scope there that go for a low price but high VALUE.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 05:43 PM

What constitutes a "toy" or "department store" scope?

The answer is... anything that has an aperture of below 3 inches and advertises power (like 600X!!). [disclaimer: its better to have a higher aperture; also dont take my owrd for it]

Here is the thing John Nassr, who has an obervatory in Baguio, ask me a couple of questions before giving me his top pick for a first timer scope.

The questions focused more on: 1) degree of interest in astronomy, 2) am i interested in astro-photography, 3) do i require portability, 4) my budget. after answering the questions he told me to get Celestron 8" SCT (which is about $1000 brand new)

So the question do you want to pursue this hobby so much that you are willing to import a $1000 scope?

Also, if your budget falls around the $200 range sky and telescope suggest that you buy a decent binocs instead and start from there. The magazine rationalizes their choice by saying "you could see nebulae, galaxies, and moon craters with a decent binocs."

Stargazing is more than having a scope. Its all about learning and enjoying it.

Edited by b_9904, 28 December 2007 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:24 AM

hello guys!

for those of you who are interested in stargazing/astronomy, please refer to the discussion in the Backyard Astronomy thread in the Hobbies section.

mods, I suggest this thread and the Backyard Astronomy thread be merged since the discussions are more or less similar. suggestion lang po.=)

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:43 AM

^I agree with this guy. kaso pwede bang gawin Astronomy and Stargazing nalang?

mas attractice kasi yung mga laymen terms to posters :)

Shadow: sorry i didnt saw that thread before.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:51 AM

here is the link nga pala: Backyard Astronomy

Also, if you guys need a star chart program you could go to these sites:

1) http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/ (web based)

2) http://www.fourmilab.ch/homeplanet/ (pc based)

Ito coordinates ng Manila: Latitude: 14 36' 15 N, Longitude: 120 58' 56 E

To compute for UTC / GMT: -8 hours mo ang time dito sa Manila.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 11:51 PM

Guys,

You wanna see a comet with your eyes only?

Go to this website for the sky chart so you'll know where to look: http://www.spaceweather.com/

This is the direct link to the chart: http://www.spaceweat...uttle_north.gif

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:00 PM

1 lang nakita ko na bigger than 3 inches ang apperture. sucks. rent ko na lng scope mo! haha

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:31 PM

^dude,

why dont you try ebay or contacting distributors from HK?

anyway, mine is a 60mm scope with 700mm focal lenght (department store scope naman ang saakin, arang "
toy" din halos)

or why dont you try buying a 50mm binoc?

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:29 AM

Some tips for people using binocs to stargaze:

http://www.skyandtel...a...?page=1&c=y

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:45 PM

I am not really familiar with the names of the stars up above us but I really really apreciate it. Me & my friends were hanging out in her balcony when we have witnessed a shooting star. We were surprised but the more exciting part was when another shooting star appeared & another. I think we have witnessed 3 shooting star that night. :thumbsupsmiley:

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:56 PM

I am not really familiar with the names of the stars up above us but I really really apreciate it. Me & my friends were hanging out in her balcony when we have witnessed a shooting star. We were surprised but the more exciting part was when another shooting star appeared & another. I think we have witnessed 3 shooting star that night. :thumbsupsmiley:


kelan kayo nag stargazing? was it early this month? if so, baka part ng quadrantids meteor shower nakita niyo. otherwise, sporadic meteors lang mga yun. you just got lucky :thumbsupsmiley:




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