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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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looking for debris on the moon

when looking at the moon the last time i got my telescope out ,i thought crossed my mind.
Is there a telescope on earth powerfull enough to focus on the moon and pick out eny of the apollo landings debris.
such as the moon buggy or other things ... kryton
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Comets & Perseus

Hi, Thinking back to some of the brighter comets we have had in the last 15 years (northern Hemisphere)
Hyakutake, Hale-Bopp, Holmes and now Hartley 2 they have seemed to to pass through or close to the Perseus region of sky. Am I being selective in my choice of Comets or is there something special about this area? thanks in advance.
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Newbie - Just purchased my scope, now what???

OK, I have always wanted to get a decent enough telescope to do the job just never could afford one. Family life and low paying job kept priorities elsewhere. Based on everything I have read thru many forums, I decided to buy the Sky Watcher 130P as my first jump into the life, plus hopefully if can give enough of a nudge to my sons to divert their interests.

We spent a few hours last ...
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hey all,
Looking into having a dabble in astro photography, and have been looking at this mount.

I know an EQ mount would be more suitable but would this track well enough for basics?
Also would my scope fit onto it, sky watcher explorer, the 900mm version.

Thanks in advance, Nathan Foster
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Webcam and Binoviewer

I was just wondering if would be a feasable setup to use a bino viewer in the following combinations. Webcam in one eypiece socket and lens in the other. I'm thinking of this so I can set up an objet using the lens system and then view it on my laptop with friends. Since I have some friends who would like to share but due to age or clumseyness LOL. Knock the alignment when ever ...
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Anyone Looked At Siruis B

or is it to close to Siruis A that only larger telescopes can see the white dwarf.
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Mind boggling distances!

Trying to get my head around the size of the universe is truly mind boggling! I am dyslexic so mathematics dont really help me understand it very much I need to have some strong visual references. Stephen Hawkins said on his Hawkins universe series that a train going around the earth at nearly the speed of light could go around the earth 7 times in a second. Now that does help to kind of visualize ...
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