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Trading up equipment.


Most people purchase scopes then trade-in as they trade-up the equipment tree. To facilitate this, there has to be a market for second hand equipment.

I have purchased Celestron and William Optics over the years and was after a starter scope for my son, so bought an Orion Dobsonian off ebay, from someone trading up. (Note this is Orion US , and not Orion Optics UK)

The courier managed to damage the scope, so ...
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Mars - at least I tried !

On the 26th May, the sky cleared at around 11pm local time, giving me my first chance to observe Mars this year. One disadvantage of an observatory is that you have to wait until an object gets passed a tree or a house, rather than simply moving the telescope! The other problem is that the lip of the aperture limits how low down an object can be seen. Mars at only 15 degrees above the ...
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Skywatcher explorer 130m advice

Hi, I have a Skywatcher Explorer 130m which I'm having some problems with. Everytime I try to view a planet or other object my telescope will move slightly when I have it set and go to look through the eyepiece. The object then goes out of view so I have to adjust the scope again. Am I doing something wrong with my setup?

Also, any recommendations on additional equipment that will help with increasing size ...
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Meade Infinity 102mm refractor

Hi there, I recently became interested in astronomy, so bought a cheap Meade telescope (the 50mm infinity refractor), but now want to upgrade. I have looked at various refractor models in my budget and have decided to stay with the Meade Infinity range as I like it the most. Was just wondering if anyone has the 102mm refractor that could give me a realistic review. Thanks :)
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Jupiter Pics

Hi all here are some Jupiter pics using a 2x barlow.
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Mars at opposition

At the moment Mars is a fine sight blazing away in the south east at midnight. It is starting to move over to the south now fairly rapidly, and rising a little higher by midnight, and getting even brighter. It is still very low down, but anyone wanting to see a fair sized disk, and hopefully some detail will have to observe it in the next couple of weeks. It will get smaller again just ...
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Couple of Moon Pics And not sure?

Hi All I have a few more pictures of the moon that I captured last night plus one of a mystery object,if anyone can shed any light? :?
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Any help greatly received

I am new to astrophotography and need some guidance. I have a celestron nexstar 130SLT along with a cannon EOS 1200D camera. Any tips on getting the best images for planets, nebula and the moon. I just got a remote shutter button to stop the shakes. I am looking for exposure times and the like. Please bear in mind I am a newbie so be gentle with me. I have got some good moon pics ...
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The Moon & The Sun

Last night (16th) I went out to observe the moon. However within 15 minutes it clouded over.
I managed to get a photo of the whole moon.

This morning there was plenty of blue sky. I went out to see what was happening to the sun. Within 15 minutes it had clouded over! :( I think the sky is getting its payback for giving me a ...
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Moon filter

I have been looking at some lovely views of the Moon with my new Baader Hyperion Zoom (which I am really pleased with and would recommend to anyone who wants a set of good 8 - 24 mm EPs) The step change in quality from the 'kit' EPs that come with the 8" Dobson is really significant and I get the feeling that I would have to pay an awful lot more for significantly better ...
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