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Getting Started General Help and Advice

The place to come for help and advice with astronomy. Feel free to post any questions you need assistance with and people will be glad to help.

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Getting Started Equipment Help and Advice

The place for help choosing astronomy equipment and accessories. The SGL community would be happy to help you find the best choices for your budget.

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Getting Started With Observing

This is a place for beginners to get help with observing the night sky. No question is too basic - the SGL community is here to help you get the most from the night sky.

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Getting Started With Imaging

This is a place for beginners to get help with imaging. Please share your first imaging efforts and the SGL community will gladly assist you with help and advice.

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Official SGL Announcements and Events

Look here for any official forum announcements and to discuss any future events.

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SGL Star Parties

A home for all SGL star party information and announcements.

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Astro Events

This section is made available to members to aid communication in arranging get togethers primarily in the UK but international events are also welcome. These are not official SGL organized events. PLEASE be safety concious and don't go out on your own!!

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The Astro Lounge

A place for astronomy related chat, heads ups to astronomy buys and general astronomy discussion. For non astronomy chat, please use the Lounge area at the bottom of the forum.

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Social Groups

This area contains sub forums for various astronomy groups and areas. These allow for focussed discussions and for smaller groups to organise meets up etc...

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This area is for observatories to use to post news and announcements of interest to the SGL community. If you are an observatory and would like to use this area, then please contact an admin member.

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Suggestions, Bugs, Errors and Foibles

Report any errors or bugs you may come across here! Also please give us some feedback about any new features, changes or additions you would like made to the forum.

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Sponsor Announcements and Offers

This section is reserved for the sponsor of SGL.

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Supplier Reviews

Please use this Supplier Review section to tell us about your experience with Astronomy Retailers.
Where possible please post more than simply "I ordered an adapter and it arrived next day". That tells us more about the postal service than the retailer. Please tell us about their communications. Did they respond to your enquiry in good time and offer good advice? How did they handle delays and deliveries that didn't arrive or arrived broken? And how did they handle complaints, returns and warranty repairs? Those are the true tests of a retailer.
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Discussions - Scopes / Whole setups

The section is for discussions of whole setups and OTAs, finders, focusers, mirrors, lenses, dew prevention - basically anything to do with the telescope part of your setup.

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Discussions - Binoculars

The section is for discussions of Binoculars and Bino Viewers (and anything directly relating to them).

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Discussions - Mounts

Please post in this section for all discussions regarding primarily mounts, tripods, piers, dovetails, drives or anything else that goes on one.

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Discussions - Eyepieces

For the discussion of eyepieces, filters, barlows, reducers, diagonals, extension tubes. Anything that you use in the focuser for visual astronomy.

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Discussions - Cameras

For all discussions on cameras, adapters, filters, filter wheels, OAGs, reducers, coma correctors. Anything that you put in the focuser for Imaging.

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Discussions - Software

For discussions about software, for both visual and imagers alike. This section is for all platforms (PC, Mac, Ipad and all the others).

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DIY Astronomer

Here you can share and discuss Telescope Mods you have planned as well as cameras, Mounts, Binoculars etc etc..

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DIY Observatories

A locked area for step by step guides to building your own observatory.

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Member Equipment Reviews

For reviews only, giving new members advice regarding astronomy equipment. Read a good astronomy book - review it here.

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Observing - Discussion

For any discussion on techniques, tips and tricks for purely visual astronomy.

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Observing - Reports

The place to find out the Forum's targets for the month, the Monthly Sky Charts, and the current Constellation under discussion

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Observing - Lunar/Solar

Share your observations of our close friends the Moon and Sun.

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Observing - Planetary

All observation discussion regarding planetry bodies.

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Observing - Deep Sky

A place to discuss deep sky observations including widefield such as constellations etc...

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Observing - Widefield, Special Events and Comets

A place to discuss your observations if anything that doesn't fit into another category, e.g. comets, meteors, iridium flares and Aurora.

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Observing - with Binoculars

A forum dedicated to binocular observing only.

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Imaging - Discussion

The place to discuss imaging.

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Imaging - Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Techniques, tips and tricks regarding imaging.

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Imaging - Image Processing, Help and Techniques

Post an image in here for specific help on what may have gone wrong. Do not post an image in here then moan that people said it needs improvement :) . Don't forget to include as many details as possible about the equipment used, settings and observing conditions.

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Imaging - Lunar

Share your Lunar images here.

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Imaging - Solar

For all Solar Imaging, white light and narrowband.

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Imaging - Planetary

Share your images of the planets here.

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Imaging - Deep Sky

A place to share your deep sky images including widefield such as constellations etc...

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Imaging - Widefield, Special Events and Comets

Share your images of anything astro related that just doesn't fit in any other area. Comets, Asteroids, The ISS, Meteors, Aurora etc...

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Imaging - Sketches and Unconventional

A place to post all your images obtained via unusual means e.g. PDAs or mobile phones. This section now includes images taken using remote set-up's.

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Imaging - Showcase Threads

Have a favorite image for the year? these threads show the images that other member have been really pleased with in previous years.

Why not post yours?

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Observing and Imaging Double and Variable Stars

For all observations/images of double and variable stars. From the pretty picture to the full blown scientific reports.

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Video Astronomy

A board dedicated to electronically assisted observing and imaging.

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Physics, Space Science and Theories

Discuss theory on astronomy, physics and general space science.

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Radio Astronomy and Spectroscopy

For discussions regarding all aspects of Radio Astronomy. Now including Spectroscopy.

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Microscopy - General discussions

A section to discuss anything about Microscopes except Equipment and Imaging. A catch all section.

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Microscopy - Equipment

To discuss all aspects of Microscope harware, bino viewers, eyepeices, focusers etc.

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Microscopy - Imaging and Sketches

Drawn of taken a picture of something nice and closeup? Post it in here...

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