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Not seeing as much as expected

Just bought a telescope for the first time

SkyWatcher Startravel 120mm AZ3 Refractor Telescope with Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm

All set up last night and managed to find what I am sure were Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. I admit my expectations were probably a bit high and I expected to see huge planets in my viewfinder but things were smaller than I imagined. It was out of a bedroom window which I know ...
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Any help greatly received

I am new to astrophotography and need some guidance. I have a celestron nexstar 130SLT along with a cannon EOS 1200D camera. Any tips on getting the best images for planets, nebula and the moon. I just got a remote shutter button to stop the shakes. I am looking for exposure times and the like. Please bear in mind I am a newbie so be gentle with me. I have got some good moon pics ...
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Dear all,

I am pretty new to astronomy and I am having some difficulties using my Altair GPCAM AR0130C COLOUR.

My setup is:
Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 AZ SynScan GO-TO Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope.

I have a Telrad finder which I know to be perfectly aligned as when I use it with my 10mm lense and 2x Barlow whatever I put in the finder is centre vision. However, if I then replace the lense with my GPCAM (say for ...
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Calculate azimuth from declination

In a paper from 1912, an observer wrote about one of the stone rows from the stone circle of Calanais (58 02 N, 06 45 W): "The azimuth of this alignment, combined with the altitude of the horizon seen along it, produce a declination of 6 43' N.
How did he calculate this and how would I calculate what the azimuth was with an altitude of 1 degree?
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planets on allwise images

hi ya am a budding amateur astronomer have been spending allot of time on sky watch alpha viewing their phenominal images.
my question is are you able to see our solar planets on these images or does the view differ wether being on the ground or being on hubble. i have been searching for jupiter have been following star charts for this time of year but cant seem to pin it down.
is there something ...
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Why not use a polar mount?

If you have no Goto help then is there any advantage in not having a polar mount?
Is it a matter of cost and simplicity?
I am considering buying an astronomical telescope (at long last) because we now live out in the country and our Essex skies are often clear and there is so little local light pollution.
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Vivitar 60x/120x lenses

I have a 5mm lens and a 10mm lens. My last telescope had 3 lenses . which one am I missing?
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Advice on observing the sun using reflector & filter(s)

I've what might well be a bit of a daft question re observing the sun.

I've a Skywatcher 200 reflector & have successfully observed the sun using a Baader Astrosolar filter over the end (I know not to do it any other way & to check for pinholes etc).

My query is whether (& what type) of H-alpha filter could be used to complement this and let me see the sun in a different light ...
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What was the first proper telescope you looked through

Hi all,

Last night as my friend, Rob, was leaving I noticed that it was a lovely night and he had never seen Jupiter through a telescope. So, I set up my 120mm Refractor and he had the 'WOW' moment...

My first look through a 'proper' astronomical telescope was at the Lytham St.Annes Astro Soc in 1977. We met monthly at the St. Annes College of FE. - One night we decided to observe through ...
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Off to the stars........

Hawking and others - micro space craft.
Question: Newton's law of action / reaction. If we use the enormous energy source of numerous power stations to propel the craft, surely the 'reaction' will be to shift the earth in orbit or rotation?
With apology from a 'beginner' remembering ( incorrectly ? ) a bit of science from school..
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