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Will collimating help?

I'm new to astronomy and have bought (rightly or wrongly) a S/H Meade LX90 SCT. I've a few issues with polar alignment but before I ask questions about that I'd like to sort out the alignment of the scope itself. I think the focus isn't sharp enough and wondered if the laser collimator I have can be used to make it better. If so a step by step instruction would be welcome.
Also when ...
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remote focuser

Hi To All,

Does any one know if I can purchase a Remote Focuser for the 8 inch Skywatcher Carbon Fiibre
scope please,

Geoffers T I A
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ccd camera trouble :-(

Hi everyone.I bought an Opticstar PX-35C ccd camera off ebay,now im going to reinstall the software as imjst getting a blank black screen.Im new to ccd imaging as ive been using a DSLR for years,so my main concerns are how best to attach it to the scope to test on a distant land target and should i be getting a live view on the laptop?
Any advice welcome
thanks ...
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Tanzutsu 3" Catadioptric - £45

I have a table mount cat for sale. 76mm, F=600mm, Focal ratio 1:7.9
Comes with a 20mm lens and a barlow. See pic.
I would like to be paid with Paypal just before collection.
It can be posted, buyer to pay postage costs or arrange for own courier.
I forgot to mention... The scope's location is Ringwood, Hampshire just outside Bournemouth.
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How do I get the most out of my telescope?

Hi guy's I recently purchased a Skywatcher Heritage 114P Virtuoso.

Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x20 & x50
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x228
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 114mm
Parabolic primary mirror
Telescope Focal Length: 500mm (f/4.38)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm

I recently also purchased a x2 Barlow lens. I've viewed Saturn & Jupiter and well there just dots on the eyepiece even with the barlow lens attached to a 10mm eyepiece - Do I ...
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Remote Focuser

Hi to you all,

Is there a Remote Focuser for the 8 inch Quatro C F Skywatcher scope please.

Cheers Geoffers
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Skywatcher Heritage 114P Vituoso Telescope (Help, Tripod)

Hi guy's recently purchased a Skywatcher Heritage 114P Vituoso - Could anyone please recommend a suitable tripod?

Telescope/Mount attachable to most Prosumer tripods via 3/8” thread (That was in the description I was given) The overall weight of the telescope is 5.3Kg

I hope to find a tripod for/under £100

any help would much appreciated
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advice on eyepieces

hi to all

Having purchased my first telescope.An Orion skyquest Xt10 ,Fl1200 f/4.7 ,it comes with a 25mm orion Sirius plossl ,to my eyes is very good.Observing Jupiter and Saturn I would like to see a bit more detail,I have £200 to spend at the moment to upgrade my kit.Any suggestions on upgrading would be most welcome.

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Beginner Telescope advice

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could help me with choosing a first telescope, my budget is about £200.

I have seen one I like but am a little confused by all the guides out there, they seem to give conflicting advice. The one I have found is-

Is this one any good for a beginner? are there better ones I should be looking at?

Thanks in ...
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Can anyone tell me what the blue object is? Can anyone tell me what the blue object is?


I'm new to the forum and know very little about the night sky beyond the basics. I was wondering if someone could help me?

I recently visited family in Spain and took a few simple photos at night of the moon as it had a spectacular halo around it. That was it. However, when I looked at the photos I found a blue sphere/planet(?) and thought that it may have been Neptune or Uranus. ...
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