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Hello everyone! I've been reading posts here for a while and finally decided to get on board and join. I'm in chicago and have had an interest in space and science for as long as i can remember. I'm looking to purchase my first telescope soon and have been researching it on the net and the posts on here. My binoculars have only served to whet my appetite for more! I'm looking forward to one day being able to add to the discussions on here in a semi intelligent way.
Welcome to the discussion. The recent discussion with Michael is as good a jumping off place as any to help you start thinking about buying a new scope. One thing I didn't mention there and should have is that there are tons of great deals out there on used telescopes. People trade up. People need quick cash. People lose interest. Much like cars, you can get a great deal on a quality scope with a little looking around.
I know many people on here much more experienced that I am will be willing to answer any questions you might have while trying to make up your mind. Get out to a star party and look through scopes and ask copious amounts of questions!
I know we'd all be interested to hear about your binocular experiences as well. I love my 15x70's and am constantly amazed what I can track down with them and the wonderful detail that they provide in such a small package!
Glad you decided to speak up and look forward to hearing from you.
Joe, funny you should mention it. Back a thousand years ago when I was in the USCG, we used to trek up to the next small boat station north of us (Port Canaveral) for shuttle launches quite frequently. The CO at the time was the coolest guy I ever met in the CG - and he ALWAYS brought bloody mary stuff, OJ, and a box of Dunkin Donuts to the Causeway for the launch. I still associate that pink box with shuttle launches...
And Bart is probably infinitely more patient than I. I finally learned to text message about a month ago.
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Oct 3, 2010 16:02:24 GMT -6
Welcome, Neilo! It sounds like you're anxious for a telescope, but binoculars are a great way to learn the sky, especially in the city. My girlfriend prefers binoculars to telescopes (I think), so I bought her a pair of terrestrial 10x50s. They're not the best, but they keep Hillary occupied scanning the sky while I geek out at a telescope. Keep posting to discussions, and come out to a star party when you can.
"Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky." -Vanessa Carlton
Well folks, I am very anxious to get a telescope but I also realize I need to do a lot of shopping around and research on the net before I pop for one. I am enjoying the binoc's and it has been fun looking at Jupiter and all the various stars through them. Thanks for all the offers for help and I will defintely be taking you all up on it!