WA Delegate (non-executive): The Bird Is The Word of Hydroponic Nation (elected )
Regional Power: Very High
Today's World Census Report
The Highest Unexpected Death Rate in Wysteria
The World Census paid their respects at cemeteries in order to determine how likely citizens were to die each year from unnatural causes, such as crime, preventable illness, accident, and government encouragement.
As a region, Wysteria is ranked 710th in the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
- : The Oppressed Peoples of Bloodfart arrived from The West Pacific.
- : Ibatern ceased to exist.
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- : The Federal republic of Wasabiton arrived from Capitalist Paradise.
- : Gizemlands ceased to exist.
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- : The Democratic Republic of Volkspolizei departed this region for 10000 Islands.
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Wysteria Regional Message Board
Hmmmm i have one of the best health care in the region yet the average lifespan is quite low
Flag based economies aren't a bad idea in NationStates.
Things have gone a bit off the rails since the last upgrade to the world census.
A good thing about board games night with a pool of 84 players (and growing) and a 14-20p combination every time is that you get to meet interesting people from all walks of life.
Last night I met two Astronomers who were introduced to our group (husband and wife) and one thing led to another and
Now I'm scheduled to venture into the dark with them during 16-17 Nov to see the Leonid Meteor shower which suppose to have about 50-150 per hour.
Also thought about buying a telescope for my garden (not willing to go above 5000 nis 1350~ usd) so hopefully will find something interesting for beginners in that price. Just need to figure out first what I'm interested watching.
You can come with us to Mitzpe Ramon in November although I'm not sure the weather will be worth it.
Come to think about it, "Kara" in the desert doesn't bring good thoughts :-)
Thanks but the entire notion of traveling to see meteors, well can't find motivation to do it unless its part of new friends expedition :)
for all I care we could have watched them in Weizmann Institute
For someone starting out as an observer, I'd recommend a Dobsonian reflector, 153-203mm aperture. You don't need all the tracking and computerization, especially these days when there are such good phone aps for navigating the night sky. The 153mm aperture is fine for starting, but for deep space and to get a bit more resolution 203mm is much, much better and you won't hit its limits quite so quickly. My primary telescope these days is a 254mm Dobsonian reflector.
If you need more portability, a nice 102-150mm Maksutov telescope on tripod would be the way to go. Again, you don't need the tracking and computerization, plus it will add a ton to your price.
If you want to do astrophotography, then you're into spending a lot of cash to get proper sidereal tracking on an equatorial mount with a motor and a polar scope.
Thanks for the Info, The Bruce. Ill take everything under consideration when window shopping.
Are the telescopes you recommended good for in-city use or do I need to venture into the wild ?
Wouldn't a computerization telescope be better in case I have no idea where planets are located? :=)
Also is there something I should keep a way from when its being promised by the seller ? Some promises on the advertisement that can't be kept when actually using it?
Computerization is mainly for astrophotographers and gadget hounds; nobody else really needs GoTo or tracking. It's just spending a lot of money on the mount than you need that could be spent on the telescope. These days, your laptop and phone aps (like Stellarium.org free for laptop) are so good you don't even need planispheres anymore, although looking at a chart doesn't hurt. Learning some basic constellations would be good though, so you have some references of what you're looking at in the sky, to help you locate telescope targets. There are also awesome website resources for amateur astronomers, like heavens-above.com, to help you find things like planets, comets, and even when the ISS is passing overhead. I used it a few weeks ago to get the precise time the ISS orbited in front of the Orion Nebula to photograph it.
Telescopes are always going to be better in dark skies, but you might have some near where you live (contact your local amateur astronomy group). The Moon and planets can be viewed no matter how bad your light pollution situation is. For deep space, getting a light pollution filter will help, depending on the types of lighting used in your area. You'll probably want a moon filter in any case, because looking at the Moon through a telescope is can be like having someone point a very bright flashlight in your eye (I use a variable polarizer filter, so I can adjust it to the phases of the Moon, instead of the neutral density one size for all brightness filter).
Typically stay well clear of any telescope that advertises itself based its powerful magnification. It's generally a sign of department store junk quality. Your magnification is governed off the eyepieces you use, with the limits to it are restricted by the atmosphere and your telescope aperture. Putting a ton of magnification onto a tiny refractor telescope will give you a really crappy, blurry image. I live by the ocean, so I typically don't push my telescope magnification more than 120-145X (depending on conditions), because I want a sharp image.
The mount is something you really need to pay attention to. The Dobsonian reflectors have a very stable mount, because of their design. I like the Sky-Watcher ones, because they have tension control (for how easy it is the push and pull around) and a better focuser than most. For telescopes with tripod mounts (like for the Maksutov-Cassegrain) you need to ensure that it's not some wobbly piece of garbage (just like you would for a photography tripod). It needs to be solid and stable. If the mount shakes a lot at the slightest touch, it's going to be very hard to use.
If you get a reflector telescope you'll need to learn how to collimate it (align the primary and secondary mirrors). It's not hard, but if the shopkeeper doesn't know anything about that, you probably want to buy it from someone who does. That first guy isn't going to be any help to you, when you have questions.