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Hello from Ireland!

I am a big fan of the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme. I recently bought a Skywatcher Explorer 180P Parabolic Telescope and have taken up the hobby of astronomy. I figure if anything is worth seeing or knowing it will come from the skies! I look forward to sharing my stargazing experiences and conversing with other like minded individuals. Until then. Talk soon.
Kind Regards
Fred :D ...
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Comet 67P and Halley Bopp

I would like to ask does anyone know if comet 67P at it's closet approach to Earth be as visible with the naked eye as Halley Bopp was in May 1996. :D
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WANTED Meade SCT to T2 Adaptor

Hi Guys

I am looking for a Meade SCT to T2 Adaptor to attach to my LX10.

If anyone has one that they wish to sell on please message me


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Portable scope for beginner too ambitious?

Live in middle of city and wanting to return to astronomy after a 20 year break! Looking for something that will:

1. Be very portable and quick to set up as will have to drive out of city for viewings (sometimes accompanied by 6 year old who's patience is thin)
2. Be low maintenance
3. Be good to view mainly moon and planets (especially saturn's rings clearly)
4. Be able to fit a binoviewer
5. ...
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2" Eyepieces with f6.3 Focal Reducer?

Hi Guys

I have recently acquired a Celestron f6.3 focal reducer/flattener.

I am sure that I have seen somewhere that you do not get the full benefit if you use 2" eyepieces.

Would welcome your comments as to the pros and cons of this.

I have many 1.25" eyepieces but just the one 2" which is the Panaview 32mm.


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Comet 67P question

If the comet loses material every time it goes around the sun why is there so much prominent detail.

I would have thought it would be a lot more rounded and "weathered" by now
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10inch dobsonion.

FOR SALE sky watcher dobsonion 250mm/10 inch telescope.including finder. no baceboard. vgc £100. ring keith 01482 442507/07927555190 east Yorkshire.
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Sh2-132 "Lion Nebula" in HST palette

I managed to shoot some SII and OIII data last night to finish this off although for part of the evening I was shooting through bonfire smoke and then high mist at the end of the night. Although conditions could have been much better I'm still pleased with the final result. This was taken with the Televue NP127/FLI astrograph on my Paramount ME with exposures times of 24x10 minutes Ha, 22x10 minutes OIII and ...
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2" Filters (LPF,UHC,O111)

I have 3 " filters for sale:

Skywatcher 2" LPF £18
Optics 2" UHC Filter £50
Castell 2" O111 Filter £50
All have storage cases
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A One-Inch Telescope

I wonder how much could be seen, with a very small telescope. If it was used for Astronomy.
Suppose the telescope has an Object Glass with a diameter of just I inch, which roughly equals 25 mm.

What sights would it be capable of showing?
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