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    Pocket guide to the moon

    It’s 50 years since humans first walked on the Moon. Can you point out where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed?
    Join astronomer Fred Watson on a guided tour of the Apollo sites, stunning lava plains and craters that dot the lunar surface.

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    It's a really interesting experience.

    Can't post it, but here is the link ... https://tinyurl.com/y4luhd6u


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    ^ Good wee guide.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Can you point out where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed?
    Yup.



    From me telescope in my Bkk garden, taken by the low-tech method of holding me phone to the lens.

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    ^ Great photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    From me telescope in my Bkk garden, taken by the low-tech method of holding me phone to the lens.
    BTW, if you can, chuck up an image of the telescope and the specs.

    I'm interested in getting a scope for the Boys and curious on what you opted for.

    The debate between the 'Mirror' and 'Lens' Telescope.

    I read that the reflecting_telescope doesn't 'travel' well, as in the vibrations can upset the mirrors.



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    https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/telescopes/en/

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    I read that the reflecting_telescope doesn't 'travel' well, as in the vibrations can upset the mirrors.
    But you get a lot more light because the mirror is bigger than a front lens. If you want to transport it keep the packing it came with. Go for a mirror. Light is everything with a telescope.

    Get an equatorial mount with it if you can. They make observation much easier as you can follow the object you are looking at much better. Objects in the sky move surprisingly fast once amplified.
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    There's an 80mm as well, but it's a kinda one time buy, so might as well go a bit bigger for not much more coin.

    Think it was around 7k baht.

    Don't think I'd go for a reflector next time, as everything is upside down. But you being down in Aussie it would have the benefit of automatically viewing everything the right way up.

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    Somebody else's pics from a review of the 100mm. I haven't seen them that clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Don't think I'd go for a reflector next time, as everything is upside down.
    Which may be really annoying if you use it for looking through distant windows. Not so much for astronomical objects.

    A telescope with a lens is more practical if you use it free hand for terrestrial objects. A mirror is superior for looking at objects in the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Don't think I'd go for a reflector next time, as everything is upside down. But you being down in Aussie it would have the benefit of automatically viewing everything the right way up.
    Cheeky!

    Thanks for the scopes details.

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    ^ No worries.

    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Which may be really annoying if you use it for looking through distant windows. Not so much for astronomical objects.
    Believe it or not that's not far off how I first noticed.

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    ^ Ummm ... cough ... we can believe you

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    The reason I found the Moon Guide ...

    Amateur astronomer discovers collision site of Indian lunar lander that crashed into the Moon



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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    I'm interested in getting a scope for the Boys and curious on what you opted for.
    You can see heaps of celestial bodies with a pair of binoculars (and if they are of the terrestrial female variety they will not be upside down).

    If they are still interested then a medium refractor with 'go to' function and mobile phone app will let them get more details without having to learn about EQ mounts.

    If they are still interested then a large reflector with an EQ mount will let them get as close as they can before you start moving into big money territory.



    5 inch reflector with EQ mount
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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    You can see heaps of celestial bodies with a pair of binoculars
    Not a bad choice to begin. Low amplification wide front lense.

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    How much magnification would you call low amplification for binoculars, Takeovers? x7? x8? x10? Would 7 x 35, 8 x 40 or 8 x 42 be suitable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    x7? x8? x10?
    The main consideration is to get good quality optics.

    Buy a decent brand. Don't buy Chinese no-name stuff off the internet.

    The second consideration is brightness.

    Get 50mm apertures.

    7X50 8X50 10X50 are all good

    I have 10X50mm Bushnell field glasses. I use them more than the telescope as they are easy to whip out and wave about. You will immediately start seeing stuff like clusters and nebulae which are not obvious to the naked eye and will make you curious to look through a telescope too. But Binoculars are good for the first step of random exploration to get your interest and curiosity going.

    A tripod is useful too since 50mm binocualrs are heavy and difficult to hold steady for a long time.

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    8 to 10 is good. I would go with 50 which is still in the affordable range.

    Looking for it I just found that they call one with 20x80 astronomical but that gets hard to hold steady with your hands and is of course extremely expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    From me telescope in my Bkk garden, taken by the low-tech method of holding me phone to the lens.
    Here is Saturn taken using the same technique.



    Crappy sensor does not pick out the rings which were clear through the eyepiece. But you can see the general shape of the rings.

    I took my phone out of its case (for the first time in a year) to get the camera lens close to the eyepiece and then dropped it on the concrete and cracked the screen.

    It was a Mi Max 2. The great thing about cheap Chinese phones is you can just buy a new one when you crack the screen.

    Now got a Mi Max 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Looking for it I just found that they call one with 20x80 astronomical
    I bought a cheap pair of 20X50mm in 2006. The quality was not good enough for astronomy but the main reason I bought them was to look into girls' bedrooms in the apartment block across from the swimming pool.

    The Binocular Gods were smiling, for the very first time I tried them no sooner had I spotted a girl than her boyfriend appeared and she started giving him a blowjob in full view of anybody with a pair of very powerful binoculars.

    The second time I tried them there was a another girl in a different bedroom taking spread-eagle porno selfies of herself with her digital camera (before phone cameras were a thing).

    She was using flash which is what caught my attention.

    Lucky I had the tripod so I was even able to have a quick tug.

    Thankyou Binocular Gods


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    20X50 it is then.



    Just kidding. If I get any, it will likely be something I can carry around rather than being stationary looking at stars and planets. I'll see what's available and make a decision.

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    My father was an ex-seafarer. With binoculars the second number is more important. The bigger the better.

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    someone is going to watch some cute little brown men on the beach

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    I see they've found the bits of that Indian moon lander that landed a bit harder than planned...

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