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Reflector Telescope Issues When Viewing Objects

I tried to view Venus tonight on my Meade 114EQ-ASTR, but when I try to focus on the planet, all I see is the 3 beams holding the side smaller side reflector mirror. I can even see my fingers if I put them in front of the telescope. I only have 1 MA25mm eyepiece but I have a MA9mm eyepiece from an much older Meade telescope that doesn't fit but works only if I hold ...
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First time astronomy binoculars

Hi folks, I’ve got some Celestron 20 x 80 binoculars for Christmas (cloudy skies since Christmas!) I’m trying to focus them but can’t seem to manage to get a whole view rather than a black line between the two sides. Any advice would be very much appreciated :D thank you in advance
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What do you record? What do you record?

Hello :-)

I've not long moved to an area with a darkish sky. Very exciting! I read about people recording what they see. When I lived in Greater London this would have been very easy - as you couldn't see much!!

But how do you decide what to record when you can see a ridiculous number of constellations? Do you write down everything, every night? The brightest ...
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It looked like a clear sky this evening so I set up in the back garden. By the time I got assembled, plugged in, slewed to Vega to align and focused on it, the dew on the corrector plate brought an end to the proceedings!

So will a passive dew shield do the job or do I need a heated one? If heated, do I need a controller or will it work without one?
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I feel very silly I feel very silly

Hi, I leave in UK and I spotted 3 very bright flickering stars/lights in the shape of huge triangle (which is upside down) in the sky. The weird thing was they start moving but not all is the same time :shock: in the bottom star/light is looking like a tail (maybe is my window) and in one second I seen like the shooting star coming out of ...
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getting back ito astromony

Hi many years ago i purchased a diy kit from fullerscopes 8 1/2" mirror on a equatorial mount, had to drill all the holes for spider and mirror etc as tube was just a tube by some luck and really reading about focal lengths etc it work really well later fitting a motor to it working off a car battery , good old days that was when i was about 22 years old now I'm ...
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Beginners Books

Hiya,I need a basic book on the constellations,nothing too complicated if possible any ideas much appreciated.Thx
Patricia x
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Eyepiece help

I have been researching on eyepieces for a day or two now and I can not come to a conclusion on what to get. I have an Orion space probe 130st. The focal length is 650mm and I am looking to view planets mostly Saturn as its the planet I took most interest in. If anyone has a good recommendation it would be great to hear it thank you.
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Skywatcher 130 Motor Drive.

Hi everyone, I'm new here and I have a new telescope, the Skywatcher 130. I've just about worked out how to polar align it, at least through the guide scope. It has a basic motor drive attached, but according to the instructions, it says it will keep the scope steady 'If all 4 buttons are depressed'. The instructions are very basic and I think that's probably an error in translation? Surely I don't have to ...
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Refractor image

Hi, I am a bit confused doing some research to get by first telescope. As I want something portable and easy to set up I'm leaning towards maybe a 4inch refractor. I understand that the image will be upside down but reading some sources they suggest the image may also be a mirror image.Now I think I can cope with an upside down image for star hopping but not too sure about mirror image on ...
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