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Telescope Help Sessions: Sat 1/11 in Dahlonega

If you found a new telescope under the Christmas tree or if you have an old telescope in the closet and need some help setting it up, the telescope help sessions are for you.

FIRST SESSION - In Dahlonega: University of North Georgia - Planetarium

SATURDAY, January 10, 2013

5 to 7 pm

GPS Address:

L35, Sunset Drive   (Yes, it's L35)

Dahlonega, GA 30597

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  • Kevin

    Finder Charts loaded! I just added a pair of finder charts that should help members with 'go to' telescopes. On the North Georgia Astronomers Meetup page, click on the 'More' tab, then select 'Files'. You'll see 2 pdf files I created, each for approx. half of the sky. One map covers from Right Ascension 0 to 12 hours (useful this time of year), the other map covers 12 to 24 hours (useful in summertime). Both charts cover Declination from -60 (our southern horizon) to +60 (roughly the handle of the Big Dipper).

    Each chart shows a bunch of named stars, which should be helpful in setting up some 'go to' telescopes - since most of us can't remember more than maybe a dozen or so star names.
    These charts are designed to be downloaded and printed onto standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper (landscape mode, in case your printer doesn't do this automatically.)

    Hope you find these as helpful as I do.


    1 · January 7

  • Marian Barilone

    I'll try to make it to the Saturday session and bring a friend as well. I sure hope somebody can help me with my Celestron. :)

    December 29

    • Marian Barilone

      Yes, you're both right! It's supposed to be computerized. I don't know what a Telrad finder is though. Kevin, you sound exactly like the brochure - that's exactly what it said. The only problem is that after I think I got it aligned, it said that I need to do it again (did it like 20x, LOL!). I am not sure if I can make it on Sunday but if not, I'll try to make it next time.

      January 6

    • Mark Dove

      A telrad is a non magnified finder that projects a bulls eye onto the night sky for centering your object. Best $50 I ever spent for my SCT.

      1 · January 7

  • Kevin

    Hi Marian,
    There should be a number of people there to help. Which Celestron 'scope you have? Most of the club members have scopes from Celestron or Meade (or both!) and it's likely someone will be familiar with your telescope.


    1 · December 31

    • Marian Barilone

      I thought I replied to this last night - mine is a NexStar SE StarBright XLT. I may not be able to make it to Dahlonega though.

      January 5

  • Kevin


    When club president Robert Webb first set up these meetings, he forgot that UNG classes will be in session on Friday.

    SO - the Telescope Help Sessions will both be at 5 PM. BUT -- The Dahlonega session will be on SATURDAY, and the Gainesville session will be on SUNDAY.

    I will update the calendar accordingly.

    1 · January 5

  • Kevin

    You're right I should have made them separate 'events' for the Meetup calendar. Sorry.

    The North Georgia Astronomers club website says the Friday session in Dahlonega is from 4:30 to 6:30, as does the club's facebook page. Also, 4:30 to 6:30 is the original time announced by club president Robert Webb.
    I think people will be there at 4:30.

    There will be first an 'indoors' discussion of basic telescope types, alignment techniques, and how best to use each type. Weather permitting there will then be an 'outdoors' session to help owners get their telescopes aligned and aimed at objects like Venus and Jupiter. Even if the skies are cloudy, basic alignment will be performed using a distant antenna tower or other such object.


    1 · January 5

  • Steve

    OK, I'm confused the Yahoo group calendar entry says it's in Dahlonega on Saturday from 5-7… In the future please do events like this as separate event if they are on different days and/or different locations. It makes it easier to see who is coming to what that way. I might try to come to the Saturday if it's in Gainesville to help out. Is the plan to setup scopes out back again and do some observing?

    January 5

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