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Advice on purchase of telescope

Please could you help, I need some advice. My 8 year old daughter wants a telescope, my issue is that although I want to encourage her to get into astronomy I am reluctant to buy anything that is too expensive that may end up being stuck in a cupboard/garage after a couple of months. Yet at the same time I don't want something that isn't going to show her clear images and help her ...
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Childs first scope.

Hi all, help please!
Although I've had a passing interest in astronomy, I've never been serious about it so have 0 knowledge to help my son. He is 10 and is expressing a keen interest in the subject and I would like to nurture this in the form of a telescope for star gazing this Christmas. I'm keen to get something that will support him, and not get him Argos crap that will fail and ...
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Help choosing eyepieces?

Hello everyone.
Last Christmas I got myself a Sky-Watcher Skyliner 250P Dobsonian telescope. Although I haven't gotten a lot of use out of it this year because of cloudy skies and no spare time. The telescope came with Super-MA 10mm and 25mm eyepieces, but I've been meaning to get a few more better ones. The 25 is decent enough, but I feel that the 10 isn't good enough. I was also considering getting 7-9mm and ...
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New camera New camera


Would anyone be able to give me any advice on getting a new camera ? I would like to use it for astrophotography and for scenic pictures etc. Ideally the lenses would be interchangeable. My budget is about £500 any help is appreciated thank you.
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Amateur Reflector Scope??

As an amateur teenage astronomer I am interested in buying a reflector as a second telescope with a budget of around £300. I was looking at either the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ or the Celestron Nexstar 130SLT. I like the idea of the GoTo feature, but i was unsure because of the similar prices whether the optics of the Astromaster would be significantly better than the Nexstar. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
J. ...
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suitable laptop for astrophotography

Hi all, my current laptop is on its way out and I am looking to purchase a new one. My budget isn't great, as far as laptops go (£350), but I was wondering if there are any specific specifications I should be looking for. I have been looking at a couple of Lenovo's on Amazon which has a vast price range. Any hints/tips on what I should be looking for to steer me in the ...
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New to Astronomy with Heritage 130p

Hi.. I am new to Astronomy although been very interested for a very long time.. Got my first telescope a SkyWatcher 130p Hertiage last week and have had very little success with just 2 clear sky nights.. I used the Night Sky 2 app on my phone to find the position of mars last night which I could also see as a speck of orange glow in the sky with naked eyes.. I tried the ...
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Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 or Celestron First Scope 76mm

I have recently became interested in astronomy and finally want to look at the night sky. I have decided on one of these two items. I am not wanting to spend a fortune and then realise it's not for me. If I bought the binoculars I would probably need a tripod also.

I don't know a lot about binoculars or telescopes and just want to make the right purchase. If I could I would just ...
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Celstron OMNI XLT or Skywatcher Explorer

I have been looking for months to buy my first telescope and have narrowed it down to Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflector or Skywatcher Explorer 200P. Both are similar price so am edging towards the Explorer because of the extra aperture and ability to upgrade to goto in future. Any more experienced views would be welcome.
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Obtaining Miloslav-style eclipse photos with camcorder?

Hi Everyone

As some of you will already know from my previous posting, I am hoping to go to the USA next year to see the solar eclipse and I trying to find the best way of photographing it. I am actually hoping (with the aid of image stacking software) to achieve a photo which is at least vaguely similar to Miloslav Druckmüller's eclipse photos.

I am somewhat on a budget so I don't think ...
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