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Observing Planets

I was wondering, does observing the planets serve much scientific purpose these days?

Most planets don't seem to offer much for amateur observation. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been thoroughly surveyed and probed by spacecraft. The spacecraft have taken so many photos of them, that nowadays these planets seem almost familiar territory.

Only Uranus and Neptune are still slightly mysterious. They were flown past by the Voyager probe. This took pictures, ...
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First telescope with a £450 budget

Hi guys, hoping you can help me here..

I'm ready to buy my first telescope and not quite sure what to get... I'd like one that I can put in the car and take in to the middle of nowhere easily enough.. I've seen the Nexstar 4SE has good reviews and is within my budget of £450 but don't know if i'm paying for the gadgets over the quality of telescope?

Would be great if ...
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New member

Hello everyone. I am from Liverpool and I am returning to astronomy after many years of absence. I can't say I have a specific area of interest at the moment but I have never managed to see the rings of Saturn and those galaxies look pretty cool too! I have already posted a silly question and will probably continue as I started.
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Power up

I am returning to astronomy after a break of 20 years. Back then I bought a 6 inch Newtonian reflector on an equitorable (?) mount. The mount is quite heavy and fits to a pedestal stand. I would like to know if it is possible to attach electronic tracking and goto technology etc. The mount is quite heavy and has counter weights so I am not sure if I can get what I want. ...
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Ordered binders last November , they never arrived despite several phone calls and promises that they were on the way. February asked for are fund when told there were none available, again after multiple phone calls and promises no money. By the time I receive my money it will have cost me more in phone charges than the value of the refund. On last contact told they still had no binders despite advertising them in ...
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what to buy ....

have been wanting a telescope for years .... and am a complete nebie to the sky at night and scopes of any description ......
I maybe have between £200 and a max of £500 to buy a telescope and mount / tripod ... have seen a skywatcher p200 + EQ5 mount for approx £400 is this a decent item?

also have a Cannon camera and would hope to be taking lunar shots and general sky ...
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For Sale: LX90 ACF. As new! £1,300

Hello everyone,
I'm selling my 10" LX90 ACF. It is in superb condition, having been kept in a dry flip-top observatory and genuinely used only half a dozen times.

Computer control
Giant field tripod
Meade 8x50 finder
Diagonal prism
Box for tube

Crayford focuser (value £120+)
Meade 9.7mm super plossl eyepiece
Meade 12.4mm super plossl eyepiece
Meade 26mm super plossl eyepiece

Only £1,300 (The current retail price ...
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Opticstar PX-35c coolair ccd camera.Works fine on my wifes laptop but ive spent time and money and stress to get my laptop to run it.So ive lost intetest and just want my money back.So £60 inc postage to UK only.I can email some pics of the camera to you.Either PM mw or ring/text 07593 871511
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March Video

Mostly, Sun and Moon, as usual, but some deep sky images (notably M42) and some re-worked stuff too far south to see from the UK:
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Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture 2014

Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture

The second lecture in commemoration of Sir Patrick Moore’s kindness and hospitality to members of West Buckland School’s Astronomical Association will take place on the evening of Friday 2nd May.

Our distinguished speaker, Dr John Mason MBE, is an old friend of Patrick Moore and has presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on television, written numerous best-selling books on astronomy and when not pursuing an international career as an entertaining ...
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