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Andromeda galaxy viewing

As a fairly new 'astronomer' I have been exploring much of the new information I have gleaned from magazines and sites like this one.
Over the last few nights my goal has been to work my way through all combinations of barlow x 2 lens and eyepieces to find out all of the properties of my scope- a celestron 9.25 evolution.

It does seem that I can see a fuzzy blob of cotton wool like ...
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Classic first question - Buying first telescope

Sorry, this is the sort of question that must generate a lot of eyerolls! Unfortunately I'm stuck and am really in need of some help.

I really really wish to buy a telescope. I have always wanted to, but have always been somewhat constrained by money. For the first time ever, I can afford to splash out, so to speak, yet find myself baffled by the vast choice and variables as regards type, apertures, focal ...
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Weather forecasts for astronomy

Can anyone suggest a good reliable forecasting site i can use in France please?

C Wardlaw
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Help to buy first telescope

Hi, total newbie here!

After ages scouring the internet for advice for a first telescope, I'm pretty much down to the Skywatcher 130p-ds or the 150p-ds. I want to be able to take photos (it's OK, I know I won't be competing with Hubble!) My questions are:
1) Will I really notice the difference between the 130 and 150?
2) What does the ds mean - I gather it's helpful for photography but I don't ...
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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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