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Peter Laing

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  1. Hello again, sorry for the barrage of posts here, but I'm a newbie hungry for information. I've understood from advice and reading posts on here that astro-photography is a minefield, with significant investments required to get reasonable results. I'm therefore not expecting miracles from my circa £300 telescope when I eventually get around to choosing one. I know you can but adapter rings to mount a DSLR onto the telescope, but I was told that many use webcams instead for imaging planets. But how do you mount these on the telescope? Any recommendations for particularly suitable webcams?
  2. Ok, may seem a dumb question: non-cloudy skies is a good start I know! But is the quality of view of the night sky affected by anything else, i.e. temperature, time of day, time of year? Maybe it's just psychological, but I always think the night sky looks crisper (to the naked eye) on a frosty night than it does in the summer.
  3. Hi all, For my first post on here (other than in the Welcome forum), I'm going to be controversial, but I hope you'll bear with me on this. I'm on the verge of cutting circa £300 of my (non) expendable budget on a telescope, based on: 1. My kids (aged 5, 7 & 9) have all shown an interest in the planets after learning about them at school. 2. My wife has always wanted one. 3. I'm kinda interested in seeing the planets etc. Thing is, we're an impulsive lot and have a house full of things we've bought in the past that seemed like a good idea at the time, but soon got demoted to dust gatherers or storage space fillers. So, my obvious fear is that the telescope is going to end up the same way. Now, I appreciate from the number of people on here (and the size of their equipment ) that there's obviously something in this star-gazing lark that keeps you all entertained for more than a couple of nights in the garden. The thing is, I'm not sure what it is yet! Yes, I'd love to see some of the planets in real life, but once seen, what else is there? Please forgive me if I'm being very dumb here, but I'm trying to be honest. So, can someone please "sell" me this idea of looking at flecks of light and big globes in the sky before I fill another cupboard with expensive equipment? Don't get me wrong here, I am genuinely interested in getting involved with the hobby, but I'm just trying to justify the expenditure before jumping in. Many thanks for your time.
  4. Many thanks for all the welcomes. I'm feeling at home here already.
  5. Wow! So many replies already! Must be a busy forum, which is always a good sign. Thought you guys would all be asleep at this time of day having been up all night stargazing! I'm based out in the sticks north of Dorchester, so well away from any light pollution. I've never seen it so dark. I work in Poole though.
  6. Hi all, I was recommended to join this site to get some advice and generally wise-up on the whole stargazing thing. I'm a total novice, never having a telescope since the very cheap one I had as a kid. Now I have three kids myself who have all done space projects at school and are very hungry for further knowledge on the planets etc. My wife too has always wanted a telescope, so it seems the right time to delve into a new hobby! Since we moved down to the countryside in Dorset almost a year ago, I've never ceased to be amazed by the night sky - I've never seen so many stars in my life! It's truly amazing and feeds my thirst for knowledge on what's out there. Saw a cracking shooting star last night too whilst walking the dog. It's just all magical. Still trying to fathom out what's the best telescope to go for - the choice is overwhelming! I like the idea of a "goto" scope, as in my experience, things don't get used if they're difficult to get to grips with, or take a long learning curve. If the hobby takes off, there's always ebay to sell the old scope and move up the ladder a bit. Right - time to get reading the forums here and see what I can learn! Cheers Peter
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