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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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Day Light Saving

When I switch on my Celestron mount one of the questions on the hand set is Day Light Saving?

Would the answer be yes because we're in BST or no because we're in BST and it's already accounted for. Or no because we're in BST and it's already accounted for!

Also, we'll be in GMT in a couple of weeks, so, what then?


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Dew Heaters Dew Heaters

Hi All,

I have an Astromaster 130EQ, and due to the short tube, and my location I get dew on the primary, after making a dew shield, it still forms dew :( After looking at dew heaters and deciding they are really expensive for what they are....

I bought 3 clothing heat pads from Amazon, which get rather toasty (There is a temp control on them and ...
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First telescope recommendation for a 5 year old

My 5 year old son is obsessed with the solar system, specifically Saturn. Last Xmas he asked for a telescope and I told him that he was probably a little small for Father Xmas to get him one. One year later and he still wants one. I have seen a few in the £30 region but i am concerned that it is a false economy and if it is really rubbish it will put him ...
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Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made

Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made possible...
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Mars with rings

Hey all, I have this handheld telescope (the one that pirates were depicted to have) and I decided to look at the orange light in the sky which turned out to be a planet!

The image was super blurry but I could see a beige circle with a ‘wide’ ring surrounding it tilted from North east to south west (top to bottom). I initially assumed that this was Saturn because of the ring but then ...
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