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WIN A TELESCOPE at Peak Star Party 2014, Oct 17 - 20


The (probably!) final programme for PSP2014 has now been announced, including the chance to win a Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dob, kindly donated by UKAI, in our Bottle Rocket competition!!! Lots of practical aspects as well as the usual talks, with a series of sessions through the day.

Headline talks on terrestrial and space weather from John Cotterill of the Met Office and Dr Alan Wood of Nottingham Trent University, ...

Help with Celestron go to

I wonder if any one can help me with this problem. I have a Celestron 8" edge on a AVX mount. I am starting this up for the first time out of the box and the hand set is giving me the reading "Error code 17". I stopped when I got the message. Can any one help?

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Peak Star Party 2014 - 17 to 20 October

2014 is the fourth year of the "all new" Peak Star Party, near Buxton in the heart of the Peak District and easily accessible from most of the country. Running from 17 - 20 October, we have a host of talks, workshops, activities for children and, weather permitting, great dark skies.

Pitches are booking fast and we have sold out of pitches with electric hookups but we offer free power pack recharging throughout the weekend ...
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August Report and Video

I did the normal solar and lunar stuff but also a few deep sky and constellation shots. Most of my recent constellation shots are with an ancient DSLR at 18mm focal length. I've recently started trying to shoot at 70mm at ISO 3200 with 4 seconds exposure. Apart from being difficult to aim accurately, the initial results seem encouraging.

I was especially pleased with my "snap" of M34.

Here's the video: ...
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Vixen GPD2 goto upgrades

Hello all

I have a 200mm x 1000mm Newt and a Vixen GPD2 mount, what Goto upgrades are available for the vixen mount.

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Hello from Pittsburgh!

Returing to astronomy after being away for, ahem, a few years, with a recently purchased a Celestron 114EQ Powerseeker. The weatherman rewarded my purchase with a 10-days-of-rain forcast! Thanks!
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Monopod for a tall person


I am going to get a monopod for my partner to go with his binoculars and as hes 6 foot 4 inches , do I have to take that into consideration ?

if so does anyone have any recommendations

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which one of the two or is there better again ?

HI everyone

I am getting my partner a means of stargazing for his christmas and have been hoovering up all sorts of information to help me decide. Then I came across this site :)

Hes a newbie to stargazing so its complete beginner media I need ( he wears glasses)

I have a budget of £150 , and have read up on telescope v binoculars and not ...
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At 23:05 on Sunday, 27th July, 2014; I observed a UFO.
The sighting was made from the village of Keinton Mandeville, 6 miles south of Glastonbury.
The entity was of a bright green/white appearance. Much larger than any other shooting star that I have witnessed before.
It had a large head & long tail.
It appeared in the NE sky, elevation 45 degrees.
It dissipated in the NE sky, elevation 10 degree.
Duration of sighting, ...
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I'm building an Observatory. You can see what I've done so far by looking on my website. Only problem is I'm not allowed to post the link.

If you can offer advice PM me and I'll return the link

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