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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Orion SkyQuest XT8

How would you rate the Orion SkyQuest XT8 (Classic, Plus or Intelliscope (although this is outside my budget)) as a first telescope?

I was recently told by a salesman at a UK telescope dealer that while the Orion customer service in the USA is very good, apparently they’re not good in the UK, and are only good at making themselves look good, and that Sky-Watcher make far better telescopes with better after-sale advice? I was ...
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Telescopes Telescopes Telescopes

Getting the right telescope nowadays is harder than ever. You want to make a good investment but it’s very difficult to find showrooms to go and actually pick up and handle some scopes, due to internet sales seeing many astronomy shops closing. So I’m hoping I can find some help! Getting the wrong one could mean I want to upgrade in a few months - I want to make a long term investment. While this ...
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Altair GPCam2 290C

I have a very modest Sky-Watcher SkyMax-127 with SuperTrak Alt-Azimuth Mount, which I greatly enjoy. I am wondering if the Altair Astro GPcam2 290C would be a worhwhile purchase or if the telecope's limitations would make it a total mismatch and a waste of money
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First telescope...what you wish you'd known

I've read through forums, and I don't think I've seen this question asked exactly this way before, so...

I'm just considering buying my first telescope, and I'm not really looking for advice on which specific one to get. I'm really wondering more what you've learned that you wish you'd known before buying your first. At the moment, I think I want to be able to see it all: planets, the Moon, DSOs; but I'm assuming ...
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First scope, present for parents

Hi all,

So I've been doing a fair bit of research on what to buy my parents but still a bit bewildered by the choices..

My budget is £300, they live in the country so light pollution is not an issue and mainly like looking at planets so I think a refractor is the way to go? Guess I'm looking for a 80-120 mm refractor which is quite forgiving for beginners in terms of set-up, ...
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Connecting new nexstar 102slt to pc help needed

Hi I am new to this telescope and would like to connect to my pc or laptop win10/win7
I went and got the cables I thought I would need
installed nexremote and checked under devices to see what com port had been given It said com3 so I picked that port in setup and picked mount and firmware I am not totally sure what virtual port was so ive tried them all with no luck ...
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Iceland recommendations

Hi all, I am a beginner at DSLR astrophotography. I have mainly concentrated on long exposures of the milky way which has been really exciting and rewarding. I am going to Iceland in October for my first and, probably, only time to see the northern lights so I want to go as well prepared as possible. Can anyone please give me any advice to help me on my trip.

I have a Nikon D3300, reasonable ...
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Parts help!

Hi guys!

I recently bought my first telescope hoping for some dreamy star gazing but as I got home I realised I'm missing pieces! I went back to the person I bought it off and he wasn't there! The telescope is a NG70FS. I believe I'm missing the 45° prism. 3x Barlow lense and 4mm/20mm eye piece. I've had a look online and prices vary from 30-40 pounds for the named brands to 5-10 for ...
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error on my micro simcard Help

my SanDisk 8gb micro ???? video gone >_<) cant play
i was recording and want to play video on pc
see this .... is this file CO2 File 256KB

can i still play this video,s


thanks for help :)
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minimising Star trails ?

I found this from a 2008 sky at night article Shooting the stars:
Take out the star trails
The rotation of the Earth will make Orion appear to move slowly from east to west. The shorter the focal length of your camera lens, the longer the exposure you can get away with before you start getting star trails in your image. The formula for working out how long you’ve got is
Time (seconds) = 1000 ...
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