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  1. you lot aren't happy unless you're miserable are you?! to my mind time is one of the fundamental "wonders" of the universe. any kind of explanation of the universe without an explanation of the passage of time is pointless.
  2. i need a dark sky site! i've been scouting a few out over the weekend, going to try some out this week
  3. pity, i'm not far from you and the sky is fairly clear here. going to have to invest in a light pollution filter though!
  4. how beautiful?! pity about the neighbours having a bright light on the side of the house been viewing the orion nebula tonight too, it's such a lovely sight. i knew buying a scope was the right thing to do!
  5. how about a build your own solar system model? i've recently seen one in the works bookshop, pretty sure it was less than £10. i have a feeling the science museum make one too. check out the science museum stuff on amazon or ebay, i'm sure you'll find something good luck!
  6. hi all. just purchased a scope, its a bresser skylux 70mm refractor. took it out on saturday and had a play but couldn't seem to set the finder up properly. had the scope out on saturday night and managed without but i guess life would be easier with a functional finder. if anyone is familiar with this scope i was wondering, can the bracket for the finder be changed? or can a red dot finder be fitted to the existing shoe? i've been looking at other finders but the mounts look different to the one on the scope. very confused! could do with going to a shop and talking to someone but i don' know where my nearest one is cheery guys
  7. its a bresser skylux 70mm refractor. cant say much about the optics yet but the mount is very well engineered, nice smooth movements. got it for a really good price on ebay. you decided on what to get yet?
  8. new scope arrived today, just in time for the skies to clear up a bit so fingers crossed i might actually be able to use it! cant blumming wait!
  9. it's only a temporary measure really untill i can save some money for a nice big dob! just can't wait to get out there and track down some planets!
  10. hi all. i've finally managed to buy a scope and am hoping it turns out to be a bargain. it's a bresser skylux 70mm refractor, brand new in box for £45...super cheap when compared to new prices elsewhere. ebay does have it's uses after all! now i've just got a few days of wondering if i've done the right thing while i await delivery! i've read good and bad things about the scope and the mount has had some good reviews. hopefully my punt will pay off and i'll be out watching the stars this time next week!
  11. it's a brand new scope in box, and is substantially cheaper than the new price. i think it might be worth a punt, by the looks of it i'd get my money back if i were to sell it on. thanks for the help dude
  12. hi guys. i need some reassurance! just "accidently" bid on a bresser skylux 70mm refractor on ebay...part of me considers this to be a bargain but i'm not certain it was the right thing to do. anyone had any experience with the scope? it looks to be a reasonable budget scope and its only got to last a few months while i save for a decent newt. just hope i'm not wasting my money! must say though...under this cloud cover i'll be able to see as much as i would with a giant dob!
  13. thanks for the advice guys i think i'll go for the 6" dob and see how i go. i get the feeling that i'll be pleased with whatever i get as a view of the orion nebula through 12x50 bins got me over excited last night! theres always time to save up for a bigger scope in the future...maybe even a 12"!
  14. cheers dave. how did you get on with the supatrak mount? can't find many reviews of it. would it be suitable for a novice stargazer?
  15. FLO have the 200 for roughly £90 more. i could maybe stretch to that but wont have much left for any eyepeices or other accessories. perhaps i need to sell another guitar! thanks for the advice
  16. hi all. i'm currently looking to buy my first scope. have never used one before so i'm really unsure of what to buy. i'm interested in tracking down some of the messier objects plus planets. ideally i'd buy a big dob but my budget dictates that i'd only be able to afford the 6". what do you guys think? is a 6" dob a good place to start or would i be better with a 130p on an eq mount? or to complicate further theres always the option of a 130p on an alt-az supatrak mount? im so confused! please help! cheers
  17. just seen the great nebula in orion for the first time through my 12x50 binoculars. so blumming happy! can't wait to get a scope!
  18. If you're anything like me you'll be glad you watched it. It completely opened my mind and has made me look at the universe in a totally different way
  19. Finally got around to watching BBC Horizon - The Nature Of Reality last night. It blew my freekin' mind! It's still available on the iplayer if you haven't seen it already. I watched in amazement at the complexity of the quantum world and the lengths the physicists go to to try to untangle these mysteries.
  20. hi all, was just wondering if anyone uses the skywatcher supatrak mount? and it's advantages over the EQ mount on the explorer 130p. i'm looking to purchase either soon cheers
  21. hi all, i'm looking to but a scope in the next few weeks. i've pretty much decided on a skywatcher 130mm newtonian reflector with an EQ mount but have just seen the same scope on a supatrac auto motorised mount. was just wondering anyone knows if the motorised mount is any good? it doesn't seem to be a lot more money but don't want to end up with a dog of a scope that i'll regret buying. cheers cakemaster5000
  22. I hope I am Peter as I'm looking to to purchase a scope soon and the Pentaflex scopes are a little cheaper than the Skywatcher so far as I can tell. Might even save enough to get a few accessories
  23. Stellarium is well worth a download. I'm a total novice but was able to identify objects I'd observed in minutes. Very simple to use and has some really nice features. Also has the added bonus of being a free, quick and easy download and install
  24. Hi. Just a quick question, wondering if anyone can help me. Is there any difference between Skywatcher and Pentaflex scopes? Both the 130mm parabolic Newtonian Reflectors seem to be exactly the same (in appearance & specification) and I've also noticed the 6", 8" & 10" Dobsonion scopes look exactly the same. Both made by Skywatcher perhaps? Cheers Cakemaster5000
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