If the sky is clear during early morning hours of Tuesday April 15, viewers in the Eastern time zone will see a full lunar eclipse beginning at 3:07 am and ending at 4:25 am. By coincidence, that night, Mars will be the brightest it’s been since 2007 and won’t be again until 2016.
Learn more from the SKY REPORTER.
Just a heads up for everyone in NYC and along the eastern seaboard.
And you can pick up all sorts of used telescopes and accessories for a song on these two forum marketplaces:
The prices are extremely reasonable and you can always sell it again if you don’t enjoy the hobby.
You’ll need the following items when you’re ready to start watching the skies:
-Optical tube/telescope body with focuser
-Tripod and mount (entry/intermediate level Dobsonian telescopes will come with this)
-A few different sized eyepieces (these are what magnify what the telescope sees, around 7mm, 15mm, 23mm, and then a 30mm are good to start with)
-Barlow lens (this increases the magnification power of each eyepiece, effectively doubling the variety of your number of eyepieces)
-A decent skymap app so you can figure out where to point your telescope. I like Sky Guide. Just enter a celestial body into the search, hold your iPhone up and an augmented reality arrow will guide you as to where to look.
And let me tell you, I bought a $400 8” reflector telescope used for $175 off one of those sites I mentioned and, with it on my rooftop, I saw the rings of Saturn and the moons and storms and bands of Jupiter with my own eyes one night.