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  1. I'm in total agreement with the two posts above. I've been lurking here for a fair while and everyone is always so helpful. Thanks to everyone in advance.
  2. Hello, As others have already said 'Turn Left At Orion' is a great book for starting out. Another book i've found to be indispensable is 'The Backyard Astronomer's Guide' by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer. Ultimately the best place to learn about astronomy is to get out there with the folks at your local astronomy club.....and on here...of course Thats my tuppence' worth. Cheers, Jon
  3. Thanks to all for the warm welcome. I look forward to hassling you all for advice Thanks to Daz for the advice regarding the Meade 4000 plossls. I'm going to get some with the money i got for Crimbo. Barkis,i live a stones throw from Shorncliffe,i take it you were/are a military man? Cheers, Jon
  4. Hello each and all. First,apologies for the length of this post. I guess i should start with a little about me and my experience(which is non existent tbh) I'm 31 and live in Folkestone,Kent. I've been into astronomy for a fair while,but have never been in the position to buy a 'scope. I did first post on here back in October,as i had the money to get myself a scope,but then my car decided that it wanted the money instead. So no 'scope. Fast forward to Christmas and my father in law,who knows i'm saving,brought me a small refractor, a Bresser Lyra(70mm). It's not the greatest 'scope on the planet,but it'll do me until i can get the 200mm I'm saving for. So,after waiting for clear skies,i got out last night(29/12) and had a grand old time trying to find celestial bodies. I have to be honest,the eyepieces supplied with the Lyra are absolute rubbish. Oh,and the mount isn't too clever either(an EQ 2 i think??) Anyway,i persevered and waited for Orion to rise as i wanted to look for the Orion nebula(because i already know where that one is!!!) So,after much swearing and huffing,i eventually got it in my eyepiece. Well,needless to say i was a very very happy bunny. I spent the best part of the next hour looking at it. After reading about it in 'Turn left at Orion'(an absolute gem of a book) I figured i would look deeper and find the Trapezium. I can't quite explain the joy at seeing it really,I'm sure you all know what it's like,the first time and all,but it was a great moment,for me. Now I'm on the verge of selling my soul to raise funds for the reflector i want.....I've definitely been bitten.
  5. Thanks for all the advice thus far. As of this moment I'm leaning more towards the Skywatcher. I know that within a few months of trying to find things I'll regret not having any GoTo capability,but at least i can upgrade if the need arises. I do like the OO,but a lot of that is probably to do with the fact that they are a British company and I'm a sentimental git like that!!! :? Once again,thanks for the advice. Cheers, Jon
  6. Hi and thanks. The tube for the Orion would more than likely be the Vixen GPE (Polaris) mount. I do want to do some imaging,although not for a fair while yet!! Cheers.
  7. Hello each and all. I've been into astronomy for a few years now,but i have only recently come into a position to buy a 'scope. My missus :whip2: has finally caved in and so here i am,asking for advice from those that know. I've got around £650 to spend,and although I've read through as many posts on here and any other site i can find,I'm still none the wiser as to what to go for. I've narrowed my choices down to the following telescopes,but if there are others out there that I've missed,please do point me in the right direction. In no particular order.... 1)Orion Optics 200mm f/6 Deluxe(I've read on here that the tube is somewhat easily dented!) 2)Celestron C8-N(I know it's well under budget but could get mucho accessories!!) 3)Celestron C10-N 4)Celestron C8- N GT(I've read that the motors are fairly noisy) 5)Skywatcher Explorer 200P (HEQ5)(Never even considered this until i read about it on some posts on here,seems a good buy. I'm really not that bothered by any GoTo capabilities,to me,half the fun is actually spending the time to star hop and find whatever it is you're trying to find!!! So,thats it then. Any advice/help/guidance would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
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