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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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Which is the better 10 inch reflector

Greeting to all,

After some many years out of Astronomy i have decided to come back to the fold as it were, with this in mined i have but one question on the two 10 inch Dobsonian reflectors i have to choose from and they are the Bresser, or, the SkyWatcher Skyline 250 PX.

Excepting the mounting of the tube to the main mount stand as it were, i see no great difference in either ...
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Travel scope: 70/500 vs 80/400 achromat? Travel scope: 70/500 vs 80/400 achromat?

I'm looking for a lightweight telescope under $300, capable of being transported in a backpack for hikes (along with its mount). For general purpose: I'll use it for both astronomy and terrestrial. I live in a white zone, so from home it'll be planets and the Moon, but from out of town I can hit some brighter DSOs too. I'd also like to take photos of birds and such, by attaching a DSLR. I realise ...
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6x30 or 9x50 finderscope for 90mm Mak?

I'm looking to buy a 90mm SW mak as a lightweight travel scope (goal is to be able to take it on hikes in just a backpack). It only comes with a stock red-dot finder, so I'll pick up a finderscope for it (an amici prism one). Question is: should I go for a 6x30 or a 9x50? I'm leaning towards the 9x50 one, but I'm worried that might be overkill for a scope of ...
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Windows 10 SGP and Atik camera problem


I have recently installed a Kodlix mini computer on top of my scope to reduce usb cable length and movement.
I have come across a problem with Windows 10 Pro which is pre-installed on the Kodlix and Main Sequence Pro/SGP and my Atik 414EX camera.

The camera doesn't always connect when I bring up SGP and connect the equipment in the sequence panel. The camera usb lead goes straight into a USB port, not ...
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New telescope advice please?

After much umming and ahhing I’ve finally decided to splash out on a telescope for my new hobby of stargazing.

I’m 6 feet 3 tall so id prefer to have a telescope that has its own large tripod. However a lot of reviews of reflector telescopes I’ve seen online advise against buying them if you want to avoid kneeling down on wet grass? Does this mean all scopes aren’t able to attach to tripods? ...
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Has Anyone Used An EOS 450D/550D/1200D Please?

Hi Guys, I need a Canon DSLR to try out Astro Photography. Since I need Live View to focus the stars, it needs to be at least an EOS 450D. But for double the money, the same dealer can also supply a 550D or 1200D.
But I do not know if the additional expenditure will significantly improve the images I can take or not.

The 450D has an LCD with only 0.23MP, The 1200D has ...
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Stuck between two Binoculars for Stargazing

Hello everyone,

I am stuck between two binoculars for stargazing.

These models:

Olympus 118760 10 x 50 DPS-I
Celestron SkyMaster 15x70
I am not sure which I should buy. The prices are not that much different, the 10x50 costs 60€ and the 15x70 costs 80€. It goes to a -10€ sale on amazon.de, so I will wait until that happens (I am a Student, so haha) I also want to buy a tripod for ~25€ ...
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Help aligning finders using a dual finder bracket

I recently purchased a dual finder bracket (Orion Dual Finder Scope Mounting Bracket) to allow me to have fit an RDS and Skywatcher 9x50 finder to my Skywatcher 130P, however I am unable to align neither the RDS nor 9x50 with the view through my scope.

Has anyone else experienced this problem or have any advice on how I might over come the issue?
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Beginner needs a new finderscope


I'm very new to starwatching, and in trying to align my finderscope I've already wrecked it! I found it really difficult to adjust the screws to align it, and I ended up ruining the thread of one of the screws from screwing it too tightly. I need to get a replacement - does anyone have any advice for a beginner?

I've read a few comments online that right angled finderscopes are difficult to use ...
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