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Technology question

I have recently purchased a Celestron GoTo telescope and have been trying to find out if I must buy a tablet or ipad or neither to use special apps? I do not have an iphone and I have a PC operating windows 8. CanI use an apple app with my pc or must I buy another kind of tablet or ipad. I am a little confused.

Many thanks for reading my 'silly question'
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Kids books

My son is getting a telescope for Xmas and I would like to get him a book to go with it to help him understand what he might be looking at. He is only 7 so it needs to be informative but also fairly easy for him to understand. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Many thanks
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Star in the East?

As a casual observer I have noticed a bright object in the eastern sky at 4 a.m., during late November,which rises to almost over-head and continues towards the west.Some mornings it appears earlier and sometimes later by about half an hour. Any ideas as to what it is?
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Celestron Nexstar130SLT - Alternative mount?

Hi, I have a Celestron NexStar 130SLT Reflector on a GOTO pro mount but I have several problems with this mount - one is that I can never get it to do a 3 star alignment - it constantly says alignment failed) and secondly I hate the automatic mount - I would rather point my telescope at a space in the sky and look through - is there an alternative mount I can get that ...
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Skywatcher 130p flextube vs skywatcher Explorer 130

Which one??? Either will fit in perfectly with my house, size doesn't come into it. But they both have pretty good reviews.
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Evan's mum needs telescope advice!!

Hi there. I hope I'm writing this in the right part of the forum but I'm looking for some help and guidance. My 5 year old has a obsession with planets and for Christmas this year has asked for a telescope to go with his planetarium. I'm willing to pay up to £200 but after reading review after review I'm struggling with which is the best. My boy has slight autism and is highly dedicated ...
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Please help, what is the difference between these

Hello, I'm looking to purchase a telescope, am brand new to all of this. I have seen this one but found it for two very different prices. Please could someone advise if there is a lot of difference between the two kits and if the one is worth the more premium price tag?

Unfortunately I am unable to copy in the URL's as keep getting error message saying to remove off site URL's as post ...
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flats panel

Will it make a difference if a light blue electroluminescent panel is used instead of white?
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Has anyone had any experience using a hyperstar lens on a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope? Are they difficult to use, are the results good? Any information would be gratefully received.
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The Sun: Why Doesn't It Shrink?

The Sun is supposed to be a giant ball of compressed hydrogen gas. The compression makes it operate as a kind of thermonuclear reactor, continually using up the hydrogen as fuel.

If this is true, the hydrogen in the Sun must be getting "used up" all the time. So shouldn't we see some sign of this, for instance by observing a shrinkage of the Sun? Yet we don't see this. The Sun seems to stay ...
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