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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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Beginners Books

Hiya,I need a basic book on the constellations,nothing too complicated if possible any ideas much appreciated.Thx
Patricia x
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Hello from Wales

Hello Everyone,new here tonight.New too Astronomy too,so please forgive my ignorance in advance on the subject.I have just bought a pair of 10x50 binoculars and a book on binocular astronomy.I am a single mum,living in South Wales,U.K. on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.Looking forward too chatting too you all.
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New Location

We've just moved to a new location to the north of Kent to a village that I thought would have fairly low levels of light pollution compared to the middle of the Medway towns. We haven't unpacked yet but I've been out the last few nights to have a look and was quite disappointed with the levels of pollution! I've got a Haven holiday home park to the North, Grain power station to the East, ...
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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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C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)

It is all a bit uncertain at the moment, but a new comet has been detected near the sun.
Comet Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto has been coming towards the sun at an acute angle which made it impossible for us to see it until now. It is a morning object in Virgo at the moment, but I've not seen any accurate orbital elements yet. It will swing around the sun, and appear in the evening sky at some ...
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Eskimo Nebula

Another planetary nebula. The 'Eskimo Nebula' (NGC 2392). This is in Gemini, which is coming into view later in the evening. Its only 10th magnitude, but it is clearly fuzzy, and blue. It isn't difficult to spot through a telescope.


Since it is so small, it is difficult to image any detail, but by using the highest resolution, and stacking 40 images I was able to get this.


This is 40 x 10sec ...
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Who has been to a Star Party?

I thought it might be interesting to see who has been to a Star Party and what you thought of them.

We've been to several - I think our first was in West Wales, near the Presceli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, in which we had about 40 minutes of clear skies on the Friday evening before the rain set in for the rest of the weekend.
Excellent talks though

We have enjoyed several Peak Star Parties ...
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How to see the Sun

This is the second booklet in my "Phil's Scribblings" series:

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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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