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Updated: 03/25/2017

 





lunar phases

August 21,2017 Solar Eclipse

NASA Site     Preparing for the Eclipse     Great American Eclipse

Eclipse Path though the United States


The Sky Tonight from Orion Telescopes

Astronomy Picture of the day

Astronomy Picture of the day archives

Astronomy Magazine

Sky and Telescope Magazine

NASA Eclipse Information


Great Free Astronomy Software  

Cartes du Ciel         Virtual Moon Atlas

WinStars 2      Deep Sky Free

Celestia     Celestia Motherlode



Moon

Lunar Public

Full Moon Atlas

Nasa Lunar Page


Mars

Mars Viewing Tips

Nightsky Observer
Mars Page

Nasa Mars Page

Mars Events


Jupiter

Great Red Spot Transit Times

Chasing the
Moons of Jupiter

Nasa Jupiter Page

Jupiter Events


Saturn

Saturn Observing Campaign

Find Saturn in
the Night Sky

Nasa Saturn Page

Saturn Events


My Start In Astronomy

My Webcam Astrophotography Page

I got started in astronomy as a teenager. Starting out with a 2.7" refractor purchased by my parents at the local Goodwill Store, and a smaller variable power Tasco refractor I purchased later at Kmart. I had many enjoyable hours observing with these scopes.

Several years ago during the summer of 1994 during it seemed like a good time to purchase a larger telescope. I purchased a Odyssey 8 by the former Coulter Optical. I have 4 eyepeices all Kelners, 27, 12, 9, 6 mm and a 2 x barlow. I use a Telrad finder. I have thought about adding a regular finder It is a 8" f 4.5.   scope but as of yet I have not had much trouble finding deep sky objects since 90% of it is knowing where to point it.  At the time the Coulter scope was about $100 less than comparable 8" scopes on the market. It was an inexpensive way of getting into a medium sized scope. Nothing beats a good pair of binoculars for astronomy either. I have a pair of Bushnell brand, 10x50 and also a pair of ProSpec brand, 7x35. It is amazing what you can spot with just binoculars. You can see the moons of Jupiter if you hold them still enough.

I am mostly interested in visual astronomy. I get the most fun out of spending a night out under the stars and observing as much as possible. If you have any questions about my equipment or my page please feel free to email me.

Scott Harvey

Spokane, Washington


My Telescopes

My scope is a Odessy 8.  An original Coulter Optical scope.  The Murnaghan Instruments Corporation was making the Coulter line at one time but have since discontinued them.

Coulter Odessy 8" Reflector, F/4.5
Dobsonian Mount

I have built a base that the dobsonian base mounts on to make it an equatorial mount.

Kelners, 27, 12, 9, 6 mm and
a 2 x barlow and Telrad finder

 

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New addition: 

Meade DS-2130AT 5" Reflector, F/7.9
Alt/Az Mount, GoTo Telescope

Purchased with the Autostar 497 controller

 

Yahoo Group for DS-2000 scopes

DS-2000 Owners Manual (PDF)

Autostar 497 Owners Manual (PDF)


Astronomy Links

Spokane Astronomical Society
Spokane, WA

Table Mountain Star Party Association
Ellensburg, WA

Astronomy Now

Solar System Information

Astronomy picture of the day

Astronomy Picture of the day archives

Planetary Information from NASA

Night Sky Observer

Astronomical League

The Evening Sky - Avantgo Content

Galaxies - Avantgo Content

Stardate Magazine

Sky and Telescope Magazine

Comet Observers Page

International Dark Sky Association

Live Sky

NexStar11

Astronomy Daily - Great site with low subscription rate

Planetary Society


    Telrad Finder Links

Telrad Finder Review

Telrad Sky Maps

More Telrad Sky Maps

Yet another Telrad Sky Maps


Astronomy Software

Lunar Phase

Jupiter Sat

The Sky - Desktop and Pocket PC

Ephemeris  for Pocket PC

Astronomy Programs for the Pocket PC

Starry Night

Sky Charts - Free Astronomy Software, GREAT Program!


Astronomy Publications

Night Sky Magazine

Sky and Telescope Magazine

Astronomy Magazine


Astronomy Hardware

Murnaghan Instruments Corp.

Meade

Orion Telescopes


Astrophotography with Webcams

Webcam Astrophotography FAQ

Mall Astrophotography

An Adventure in QuickCam Astronomy

AstroCam - The Astronomical Webcam's Site

Cloudy Nights Webcam

Webcam Adapters

QCUIAG Astronomical Imaging

Digital Astronomy - Webcam Accessories

Pedro Re's Astronomical CCD Imaging

Look at some great astrophotography here!

K3's Astronomy Page

Bill Ramsey's Page

Astro-software for webcams

More Astro-Software including QCFocus
French Site - Program has an english install option

Digital camera and webcam accessories

Registax - Image Processing Software

EAAS - Great pictures and information

Astrophotography on a budget

Astro-Snap capture software - English

Poor Meadow Dyke Observatory

Another great astrophotography page

Webcam Astrophotography - Many links, too


Keep looking up