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Old 03-23-2010
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As I've said; Starting the celestial course made me think that it would be cool to start learing more about the heavens.
So, Ive bought myself a spotting scope from Celestron. Waterproof, and rugged, with a zoom eyepiece so you don't need to lug around different eyepieces. Here is the scene:
Idyllic, isolated Caribbean or Pacific island (atoll)
warm tradewinds
starry night
campfire
red wine
Family and maybe friends from buddy boat
telescope and binocs to check out the beauty of the visible universe.

I also found a really cool little plaything called a SkyScout (also by Celestron). Check it out online.
I took the family to a "star party" this weekend. Check out the photos some of these amateur guys are taking!!!
CalASTRO - Home

The spotting scope I bought is 100mm (thus nice light gathering) and range from 20 - 66 times mag. Quite enough for seeing a lot of stuff out there and doesn't require super super stable (read - heavy and bulky...) mount that is critical for higher mags.

The scope is also perfect for daytime photography and I got an adaptor for the Canon Eos digital camera. Any wildlife within range - I'd be looking at their tonsils!

Magnus

Last edited by magnusmurphy; 03-23-2010 at 10:29 AM.
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