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telescope stuff

hello, i am wondering about buying a telescope :) its name is Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ-MD ... what do you think? is it good/ok for begginers? +what accesories should i buy? should i buy a suitcase for eyepieces or stuff like this? maybe some filters or... something else? i dont know what to buy exepct a telescope :D i am a begginer. please replay :) thanks
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Lens upgrade

I have recently purchased my first telescope, Skywatcher Explorer-130 and have found Jupiter in the southern sky. The lenses that came with the scope are good enough to view a bar or two of the gas giant and 4 of it's moons. I would love to upgrade to gain even better clarity and even a glimpse of Saturn. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Ghost Moon?

Does anybody know what this could be?

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Mirror cleaning

I have just bought a second hand 150p on ebay.
The mirror seems to have some dust and tiny smears on it.
How to go about cleaning it ?
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Reflector Tube Caps

Heres a silly one.....
Why does the end cap on a reflector have a smaller removable cap on it??

Is it to limit light on very bright objects (Sun/Moon) or is it something to do with dew??

Answers on a postcard please. Thanks
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Image Stabilized Binoculars

Hello Everyone! I am new to the community as well as to the hobby. Started this Feb and I see that this will be the hobby for life.

As demonstrated in my signature, I have a few pair of binoculars and one telescope. While I certainly enjoy the telescope, I really prefer binoculars for their convienence and portability as well as the field of view.

Of course, the shakes are an accepted nuisance while using ...
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Solar Observations

Hi everyone,

I have a Skywatcher Mak 127 AZ Goto and have been happily exploring the night sky with it. But I have just bought a solar filter and was wondering how do you align your telescope so it tracks the sun? It seems to have a solar tracking mode in the menu on the handset, but I cannot find how to track the sun, after all you cannot align it against 2 stars at ...
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The cold, cold winter is almost here

I was wondering how GOTO mount electronics work in very cold environments.
Last winter the temperature sunk to around 25-30 degrees below zero (celsius) almost every night and i'd like to know if there's anything i should know about when using my telescope during very cold temperatures.

I have noticed that the handset LCD display tend to become a little slower than usual when it's cooled down and not used for a while during freezing ...
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hi all, can any one help me i need to know how to take flats (do i need to when ha imaging?) when im ha imaging with my canon 1000d, ive got the clip in filter many thanks ady
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Excited 1st timer - Many questions!

Hi everyone - long time lurker, first time poster!

Thought id pick your brains about a few things and hopefully your expertise will help me!

Basically, have become obsessed with the night sky in the last few months, no idea what sparked it, but have an insatiable desire to learn more and more - I had no idea there was so much to keep me occupied, all above my head the whole time!

Have been ...
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