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Beginners Telescope Advice

I want to buy my partner a telescope. I only have up to £500 to spend. We live in a village but near Milton Keynes so light pollution is a fair problem, it would be good to take the telescope camping with us in the UK so need something fairly portable
I have been looking at the Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250PX FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope.
Is this a good buy?
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Where to get second hand lenses

Good evening!

I recently moved to Fleet in Hampshire, and for the first time as an adult have access to a reasonably dark sky, quite a treat after nearly fifteen years in Greater London! I watched my first meteor shower this winter - AMAZING!

I've been star gazing through a pair of binoculars for a month or so and really enjoyed, and I am excited to have been lent a telescope my brother had in ...
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red dot finder

My basic interest in Stargazing is , well, basic ! Using my trusty bins and a small reflector sometimes.

I also get a kick out of messing on with home made stuff such as small telescopes and " finders".

I am currently using a X1 Reflex finder , home constructed and based on the optical principal of the Telrad type of equipment . Not perfect but does work !.

I would like to build my ...
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Photography guidance neeeded

Hi, I already have a Nikon D5 and D500 DSLR that I can couple to a 500mm lens with 1.4x converter which gets me some nice moon images, but I would like to go further into planetary photography. I have watched videos and read guides etc, but it's all a bit of a puzzle deciding which equipment to get either to complement by DSLR set up or start from scratch budget is £1300ish.

My end ...
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Celestron Inspire 80az

I’m looking into buying a telescope for Christmas and am wondering if anyone has anything good, bad or otherwise to say about the Celestron inspire refractors. My budget might stretch to the 80.

I know the usual advice to start with binoculars, but I’m keen on observing occasionally with my 5 year old (and eventually his younger brother) and I think a telescope I can point and he can look through would work best. I’m ...
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Advice needed

My daughter (aged 8) has requested a telescope for Christmas. She is interested in looking at planets and stars (obviously.) I have been to a local supplier who has advised the Skywatcher Startravel 102 SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope. Is this the best piece of kit for an absolute beginner? Obviously at age 8 they want to see things pretty clear and pretty close. Can anyone offer any advice? This is stargazing for dummies (us, not ...
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Beginners Telescope for 9/10 year old - photography a must!

Looking for a telescope for my 9 year old for Christmas.

Im tying to meet the following criteria;

Not too huge
Type in coords to find item (if possible)
Self tracking
Ability to take photographs either by web cam / digital DSL camera attachment.

Was looking at about £100 - £200 (I may be optimistic on this - but don't mind spending more at a push as it's educational and basically.... I want one!)

Im ...
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William Optics 102 triplet or 126 Doublet?

Just about to buy a WO telescope but wondered if anyone can explain what the difference between these two would be apart from the focal lenght. The price is similar but I'm thinking the optics in the 102 triplet would be superior but I'll lose some focal length admittedly. I just want to buy once and have done with it (famous last words!) . Would there really be much difference in sharpness and colour? Thanks ...
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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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