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Best Telescope for a beginner

Hi I am in the market for a beginners telescope my budget is up to £400 I have been looking for one for about a month now I have narrowed it down to 2 - celestron nexstar 102 Slt or the celestron nexstar 127 Slt Mak - both are computerised , Or if anyone has any other ideas that would be brilliant if possible I would like to somehow take photos as well ...
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Hello From Barnsley Hello From Barnsley

Hello everyone!

We have just taken the plunge and ordered our first telescope, its a Skywatcher Skymax 127 supatrak, alt azimuth stand...

I'm excited to see if I can see a good image of Saturn, I have heard that we are able to see it quite well this week along with Jupiter - well most planets for the next 10 days.

Anyone got any tips for a complete noob to get the most out of ...
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Messier Objects

I am writing a new series, starting with this introduction: ... ssier.html
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The Monarch of the Moon.

As it got dark on 18th Jan the skies began to clear and the temperatures fell. By 9pm it was freezing, but the sky was very clear. I donned a couple of coats, ski boots and fur hat. Chocky the cat joined me as usual, pausing to drink from the frozen pond. (A trick she learnt as a kitten is to put her weight on the ice which causes the water to come over the ...
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I have a Meade LX200GPS and am trying to connect it to Stellarium I have downloaded the driver off the internet and when I try to configure the connection the com port in the device manager shows COM4 as being the one to use, when I configure Stellarium it comes up with //./COM7, all of the com ports show in this formatI can change it and it stays as COM4 and when I click ...
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Best telescope for Planetary AstroPhotography

Hi all

Looking to get into Astrophotography, specifically planetary but would like to venture to galaxies and nebulas eventually.

What is the recommended type of telescope to go for? I'm currently looking at the Sky Max 150 or 180 but have looked at various forums and spoken to Wex Photography and not getting clear answers.

Any help, really appreciated.

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Any simple advice on caring for my telescope and protection from condensation on the outside of the lens?? Should I wipe it with anything before putting the cover back on?
Thank you
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Website revamp

Jumped the first hurdle.

The first stage of my site revamp is now complete: ... -2016.html

Please post any suggestions here. Naturally, it links to this forum.
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Rosette Nebula

The Rosette Nebula (C49) in Monoceros one that I have never seen with my binoculars, even from a fairly dark sky. However, on the 11th Jan, I was able to get 7 good 90sec images using a Canon DSLR, a 300mm lens and a UHC filter piggy backed on a goto altazimuth. I've had to resort to some extreme processing to bring out the detail, and the stars are a bit over exposed.

I'd love ...
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Non-computerised mount for Celestron

Hi all,
I have a Celestron Nexstar 127slt and I love it, but I'd like to get a non computerised mount for it, preferably alt-azimuth. It's a long story as to the reasons behind this decision and I suspect I'd be better saving up and just getting a new scope BUT that will take me many years so....... any advice much appreciated. Just looking for something reasonable that will hold the telescope. It has a ...
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