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Dew shields fo Newtonian OTAs - do they work ??

I saw an ad on ebay the other day from someone advertising a Skywatcher 200mm Skyliner scope which also included a wrap round dew shield (non heated variety). I must admit that I've always assumed that a dew shield on an open tube Newtonian would be a complete waste of time since the mirrors would already be protected to maximum effectiveness inside the tube. Adding effectively an additional short length of tube in the form ...
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Bino mirror mount

I have just purchased a pair of 25x70 binos. Am in the process of making a mirror mount. Can anyone recommend or advise on size/thickness of front surface mirror glass and where to purchase? I was thinking around 10" x 7". Are there any problems I should look out for before purchasing glass? Many thanks.
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Go to without wifi?

Total beginner here so please excuse the totally silly question

Basically I'm looking to buy a go to telescope, to begin with to use in my garden but eventually to take further afield.

In my garden i have a strong WiFi signal, so the go to functionality will be great to get me started on what to look for in the night sky

However, because i have a lot of lights outside my house ...
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how can i find polaris each night?
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Is Skywatcher Quattro too heavy for AP on an EQ6 R?

Hello, just looking for a bit of advice.

So I was searching for a good reflector telescope for the EQ6 R and I saw there was a lot of people on Astrobin using the Skywatcher Quattro 10CF OTA on an NEQ6 mount and they were getting some decent images, then I googled the weight of the Quattro 10 CF and it was almost 15kg which is around 80% of the mounts 18kg weight capacity, and ...
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Finder scope

Hi all I’m very new to this and this might seem like a really stupid question ,right I’ve noticed when I switch my finder scope on red dot appears so I fix this to a point but if I move my head to a different position the red dot has moved and is nowhere near the first point I looked at so theirfore the scope is out as well how do I make sure the ...
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How do you get fine detail on planets.

2 days ago I studied Jupiter and saw its rings and 4 of its moons with a reasonable degree of sharpness. Last night I tried to view Venus but all I could see was a super bright white ball with slightly fuzzy edges. How can I get detail from my 8 inch GSO dobsonian? Do I need to cover part of the apature or use some kind of filter please?
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I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Can anyone tell me a good one to choose that will still enable us to see planets/star constellations please? As you can tell I'm a beginner...
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Questions from a BK1309 EQ2 newbie

Hello Forum Folk!
Just signed up as I'm a total newbie to astronomy. It took a 76 years birthday present of a BK1309 EQ2 to get me started and already I'm loving it! I spent my working life in engineering so its not too daunting but help with two questions would be appreciated.
In setting up the RDF, I located a distant spire in the 'scope eyepiece with 25mm lens. But there isn't enough lateral ...
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What can I expect with a Skywatcher 102 refractor?


After many months of reading and lots of confusion on what to get for my first scope, I have come down to a few things that I would like from it. Easy to set up and carry, light weight, and can use basically straight away when set up. My main interests are DSO’s galaxies star clusters ect.So after going through many reviews on different scopes I’ve decided that the Star Travel 102 would be ...
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