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DrakeXV
 Monday, August 23 2010 @ 04:28 pm EDT (Read 2744 times)  
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Hello everyone. I'm fairly new to astronomy and was wondering who all lives near the Fort Smith area. I may have met a few of you at the Mulberry Mnt. star party, I was the kid wandering around aimlessly asking everyone about their setups. Anyway, I'm looking for people nearby that I can get in touch with and bug with all my beginner's questions, if that's acceptable.

Drake Simmons


 
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 Tuesday, August 24 2010 @ 03:00 pm EDT  
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Hi!

My name is Leonard and live in Fort Smith.

I and anyone else in the club will be glad to answer any questions you may have..........

I can't place you, there were a lot of people at Mulberry Mnt that fit you description. Eek!

Welcome to our website and hope you enjoy astronomy as much as I do.

I am also the AOAS Membership Chairman. You can go to the "Download" Section and downloard a membership application. Membership is $40.00 per year for an individual or family. You can also see me at any of our events and get a application. Just fill it out and get it to me and you will be a full member. My address is on the application.


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dgrosvold
 Wednesday, August 25 2010 @ 12:06 pm EDT  
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Hi Drake!

Welcome to our club web site. Although I don't live in Fort Smith, you're welcome to bug me with beginner type questions via e-mail when you need to. You can send me an e-mail by clicking on my username in the top left corner of any of my posts or clicking on the e-mail button on the bottom of any of my posts. Of course, you can also ask questions in these forums - which not only helps you, but others will be able to benefit from the answers as well.

Let me know if I can be of help.


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DrakeXV
 Thursday, September 02 2010 @ 11:42 am EDT  
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well, first question. my friend is letting me borrow his 60mm refractor, which is cursed with tons of false color and other faults. i've been trying to find a cheap dob for dso's, any suggestions?


 
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 Thursday, September 02 2010 @ 04:32 pm EDT  
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I would go with at least a 8" DOB, a 10 "or 12" would be better............get the largest diameter scope you can afford and move around.

On the home page, there is are several posts from a lady selling astro equipment owned by her late husband. You may find a bargin there.

I have bought most of my equipment off of eBay, but you have to know what you want.

Here is a current ebay ad you can look at:

It is a 8" scope with "Push To" computer control.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ORION-SKYQUEST-INTELLISCOPE-XT8-ACCESSORIES-/200505514360?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eaf0f5978

Here is another:

It is a 12' scope...........a lot larger, no computer, but the same price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ORION-SKYQUEST-XT12-CLASSIC-12-DOBSONIAN-TELESCOPE-/200513177834?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eaf8448ea

AOAS is having a Star Party Friday night, Sept. 10th at the Huchabee Nature Center. Come out and look at and through several scopes, Talk to us and get a good idea of what to get and what NOT to get. (Don't buy at Walmart)


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DrakeXV
 Saturday, September 04 2010 @ 12:36 pm EDT  
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haha, yeah the scope i've been borrowing is one of those wal-mart meade off brands. terrible, terrible scope. thank you david and leonard for being so helpful, i'll definitely give those links a checking out. i hope to see you guys the 10th. Smile


 
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 Friday, September 10 2010 @ 12:26 pm EDT  
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sorry, i'm kind of lazy and didn't want to start a new thread just for this, but i was just wanting to double check that the star party tonight (9/10) is still a go.


 
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 Friday, September 10 2010 @ 03:47 pm EDT  
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Hi Drake -

Yes, it is a go. We'll bee there regardless of the weather (unless a tornado hits - fat chance from what I can tell at this point.)

See you there!


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