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Issue with new Meade 102 StarNavigator

Morning all,

First off, hello - I'm a new poster, though I've been lurking here for a while.

Secondly - looking for a bit of advice...

I've been using a Sky Watcher EQ 150 for a couple of years now. It's a PITA to set up and use though as far as I'm concerned, and I've been looking to upgrade to something that'll give me the most out of my viewing time. I settled on ...
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First telescope question

I am looking for my first scope. So far I am deciding between the skywatcher 8 Dobsonian or the Celestron Omni XLT 127. I’m fairly certain at this point that I want to avoid the GOTO scopes as I can get more bang for my buck and learn the night sky better by avoiding GOTO. I also think that the search is half the fun. Any advice between these two or another scope suggestion is ...
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Barlow Reflection

Here's a couple of shots of the Moon around Mare Imbrium I took the other night. One with just the camera (Sony Alpha 350) mounted on the telescope and one the same with a x2 Barlow lens. The Barlow shot has a wicked reflection diagonally across it. Is this just because the moon is bright or something else? Can anything be done to avoid it? It's even worse with a x3 Barlow.

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Beginner Telescope Advice Please!


Yes, yet another beginner thinking of getting a shiny new scope! I've been trying to get my head around the variety of all the telescopes and before I commit to anything, your advice would be much appreciated!

As mentioned, I am a complete beginner, however, I am also rather determined to learn and have been thinking about getting one for some time now! I've got my 'Turn Left at Orion' and I am eager ...
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Cannon EOS 550D

Has anyone used a Cannon EOS 550D for astro photography?

I found one at a reasonable price and wondered if anyone on here has had experience of using one.


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Advice Please

I know this is asked all the time, so apologies in advance

I was interested in astronomy from a young age, and around 10 years ago I bought a pair of 20x80 binos to wet my appetite. I got a good understanding of the night sky and could easily find specific galaxies and areas of interest

Fast forward to now, with a bit more cash in my back pocket I'm looking to get in to ...
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Best power pack for EQ6 mount please

Can any one please give me advice on which is the best power pack and leads to for the EQ6 mount, as, the one listed bt Rother Valley Optics is by definition due to being a trade name, a lot more money, so any alternatives that will be suitable and reliable overall please...........

Many grateful thanks and best regards to all.............Tom.......aka....McKinnell :) ...
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GOTO 10" Dobsonian Upgrade Kit for Skywatcher

Hi everyone,
I'm looking to upgrade my 'new" second hand 10 inch dobso with a goto system kind two axes but I cannot find anything online, any advise where to find something?
MANY thanks
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#497 Autostar firmware upgrade


I have an 8-inch LX90 from 2003 which has a #497 Autostar handbox (I can't see that it says #497 anywhere but assume that's what it is). There's a sticker on the back of the handbox which says 'VER:26Ec' and when you power-up the display reads '(c)02 Meade Autostar'.

It's now 2018, and I want to upgrade the Autostar firmware. Which is the best version to upgrade to (least buggy), and what is the ...
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12V hair dryer

I've not tried it out yet, but after a dew-laden evening curtailed our telescope observing on Friday evening, I've just bought a 12V 'travel' hair dryer from The Range - just £12.

From first impressions it's not going to be any use for its advertised purpose; but it can put out a low speed moderately warm flow of air, or a barely warm blast, which may prove effective.

I notice that the same dryer can ...
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