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Last Post 3/27/2017 4:58 PM by  Kris Sigsbee
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Stephanie L


3/26/2017 8:52 PM
    Stephanie L

    Do any of you own personal telescopes that use for amateur night sky observing?
    Tags: hobbies, telescope, amateur

    Mitzi Adams

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    3/27/2017 6:28 AM

    I have a 5-inch Celestron that I can use for night-time observing, but I also have a solar filter, which fits over the front end of the telesopc, so that I can safely view the Sun. I also have a sunspotter.

    By the way, never use a solar filter that screws into an eyepiece. Sunlight will be focused onto that eyepiece, which will heat up and crack.

    Kris Sigsbee

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    3/27/2017 4:58 PM
    Hi Stephanie,

    I was given a small telescope for Christmas when I was a teenager. It was not fancy, but I could see Jupiter and its moons, and the rings of Saturn with my telescope. I also used binoculars to look at comets. I don't have a fancy solar viewer, but I have used binoculars, and an old shoebox to project an image of the Sun to watch a partial solar eclipse and the Venus transit a few years ago. The setup I used was sort of like this -
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