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Chicago Astronomers - Working to save the Hubble telescope...

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2013: The Year of the Comet - Chicago Astronomer Comet Catchers


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203 934 Callisto Annularly Transits Ganymede - Eve April 17
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Combining Camping & Darker sky Astronomy

10 79 The 2014 Cherry Springs Star Party
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109 666 Our Own Curt in Sky & Telescope...
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184 930 Lyrid Meteor Shower - 2015 April 16-26
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42 115 Strange Asterism imaged on Halloween Night by myself
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39 111 A Man on the Moon 3 Vol. Set...
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46 379 Inexpensive Afocal Camera Adapter
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347 1,130 M51 - The Whirpool Galaxy at Welles Park.
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4 11 Snow Flakes - 17 January 2014....
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May 25, 2013 13:50:06 GMT -6
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58 267 First rocket with liquid hydrogen fuelled.
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46 147 Man from the future at the Collider....
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Dec 12, 2014 19:03:43 GMT -6
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Aug 18, 2013 11:24:06 GMT -6
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Jan 16, 2014 5:33:06 GMT -6
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shareef777: Hi all,[br][br]So I used to have a telescope years ago but had to sell it due to my growing family and financial needs. I've since settled down and wanted to get back into the hobby and get my kids into it as well. What's a good starting place? Apr 9, 2014 9:14:02 GMT -6
Chicago Astronomer Joe: 777....A Dobsonian telescope is your best value for a starter scope. Get one with at least a 6 inch aperture. A good on-line search will display many manufactures of good scopes. Apr 13, 2014 3:58:14 GMT -6
Chicago Astronomer Joe: Jima....8 years old is a great age to start exploring the cosmos and economically. It would be best to start a thread on your question, where we can share pics and expand on the interest. Apr 13, 2014 4:04:03 GMT -6
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tomk: Is it still a go for tonight ( Saturday, 19 Apr )? Apr 19, 2014 12:33:46 GMT -6
edison: Hello, Joe.[br]My name is Edison Urdaneta 66 years old, retired teacher. My hobbies are: Astronomy and Reading.[br]From Cagua, State Aragua, Venezuela. Latitude and longitude: [br]N 10° 11' 24.00" W 67° 27' 36.00"[br]Greetings Edison.[br] Jul 7, 2014 10:01:42 GMT -6
edison: My name is Edison Urdaneta 66 years old, retired teacher. My hobbies are: Astronomy and Reading.[br]From Cagua, State Aragua, Venezuela. Latitude and longitude: [br]N 10° 11' 24.00" W 67° 27' 36.00"[br]Greetings Edison.[br] Jul 7, 2014 10:18:07 GMT -6
chitra: I am new to this group and would like to know if a 6 year old can atten the party. Jul 17, 2014 21:33:42 GMT -6
Chicago Astronomer Joe: Hi Chitra.... We request that all younger kids be strictly supervised by their parents, as sensitive and expensive equipment can be damaged. The same applies to pets and children playing in close proximity. [br] Jul 18, 2014 15:51:56 GMT -6
Chicago Astronomer Joe: All Chicago Astronomer events are family friendly and free for all ages. Jul 18, 2014 15:52:20 GMT -6
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Meade ETX Astro Telescope: I would like to sell - ETX Astro Telescope - ETX Spotting Scope with 3029 Manfrotto basic head and #144 Manfrotto Tripod since I am not able to use it any longer. Where can I sell it for any value? Suggestions would be appreciated. Thank U Mikuliza Oct 16, 2014 9:40:19 GMT -6
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