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new to astronomy

I am very new to this hobby and would like some help in the past few mornings when visible i have seen the moon but next to on the right hand side is a bright star or planet not sure which can some one help me to identify this please

thank you
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Could anyone help me, I'm looking to purchase a telescope for my 14 year old son for Xmas, I'm unsure which would be best for him. I would be grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction because i have no idea thanks in advance :)
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The Sky at Night TV programme to return

The BBC have issued a press release concerning the future of the Sky at Night TV show.


The BBC today announces that its longest running astronomy series, The Sky at Night, will continue next year. From February 2014, it will air in a new monthly half hour slot on BBC Four, with repeats on BBC Two.

Kim Shillinglaw, Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History, says: “Sir Patrick Moore inspired generations of astronomers and ...
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Tech issues

Hello! First of all I am new to this, so please be patient with me. I have an 8 inch sky watcher reflector (my first scope) and an adjustable eyepiece. Recently, the weight of the eyepiece I use seems to have a drastic effect on the focusing unit (the focuser?) there is a screw at the base of the focuser, which holds it in place while focused, however, when I loosen the screw by the ...
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Just to say the Stargazing live event in Grantham for 10 January 2014 is cancelled because we have lost our venue.
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ordering books from the magazine

Hi, How do I order books that are shown listed in the magazine ?
They have codes and special offers, reduced postage etc but they don't seem to appear anywhere on the web site ?
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On 10 January 2014 there is a Stargazing Live event being held at Barrowby sports pavillion nr Grantham in Lincolnshire.Starting from 7pm until around midnight.Telescopes to look through on the field and displays and demos by astronomy societies inside,plus hot drinks to keep out the cold.
Plenty of free parking,red torches only though please.For further updates visit our facebook site Stargazing live in Grantham.Thank you :-)
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Mobile Telephone bracket Nov 2013

Looking at the article November 2013 102 pg81-82 with metal plate bending could use a plastic mobile cover instead and would be a snug fit. Maybe araldite the bolts on.
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CD Cover Broken


I'm looking for some advice on who to complain to about a broken CD case. This is not the first time it has happened and I'm sure it won't be the last. i have just got the latest addition of the magazine by post and the case of the CD is broken.

Do i try and complain to the postal company or direct to sky at night?

Thanks in Advance
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Save Sky At Night Petition.

:oops: Hi Gang,
I have signed the petition myself but have since been in touch with the BBC directly. The "axe" rumour has been leaked prematurely. The show will be discussed at a general meeting in the new year along with a number of other shows. No mention of any of these shows being axed has been made by the BBC.
I guess it is a case ...
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