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Everything posted by jimmyjamjoejoe

  1. Great read, and really cleared a lot up for me as a newbie. Thanks
  2. Hi guys, I've been reading these forums for the last couple of days. reading guides and other such things for a few weeks now so i have a rough idea of whats what, but i wanted advice from people with hands on experience before i splashed out on my first scope. I live in the Bournemouth area, my house is pretty unsuitable as a viewing area despite having a relatively shadowy back garden. But i do have access to pretty decent skies just 15minutes or so away in the new forest area. Looking at THIS, i can get to a cyan area within 5 minutes, and a blue area in around 15-20minutes, so I'l be needing a relatively portable scope. Incidentally, how do reflector scopes fare in a car? do you need squidgy suspension and to drive carefully? Or are you generally ok so long as you aren't aiming for speed bumps or speeding down gravel tracks? My budget is a little low, around £150 or so for now, but i don't mind buying second hand. I don't intend on doing any imaging, and if i do decide to in the future, i'l upgrade the scope anyway. So now the question is - reflector or refractor? I expect to be mainly viewing planets, and maybe some of the more prominent DSOs like M42 etc. From what i've read it seems a refractor is best for planets etc, but i can't help but feel the smaller aperture size would be a drawback since I'l probably be pushing the magnification more than most would, don't mind a slightly fuzzy image if it's that little bit bigger: I'd rather see this, than this. I know i'm limiting my results with the small budget, i'm just after something that won't be a complete disappointment like that superawesomereflectorscope i got from toys'r'us as a kid. It seems most people adopt a 5-8" dob for an all rounder. I quite like the look of a celestron powerseeker 127eq or skywatcher 130p, but i hear it can be difficult to track planets etc at higher magnifications due to the narrow FOV. Anyway this is turning into a ramble, I realise i probably won't see what i want to see for such a small price, so i guess i'm simply asking - With no need for imaging, what is the best beginner scope for ~£150 for decent planetary viewing (some brighter DSOs would be nice) in fairly decent skies? If you've got this far, thanks for reading
  3. Heh, I've just been staring out of the window at that little shiner, wishing I had a scope. Incidentally, how do you find the scope? I'm after something around that price range to get started, primarily for planet viewing, and maybe some of the major DSO like Orions nebula etc. I get average to decent skies around here so from what i read, i expect a 5" to give some decent results.
  4. Hi guys, sorry to necro the thread but i just joined, i hate making new threads, and i am from the bournemouth area too. I am a complete newbie, a blank slate in the truest sense aside from my interest in all things celestial. I don't even own a telescope yet, never looked at a starmap, I'm not too knowledgeable on optics etc... Everything i know, is from guides i've googled, with no real hands on experience. Anyway, i've decided to buy a cheapish telescope (budget around £150, i hear the Sky Watcher Heritage 130 is great bang for buck), and drag myself out into the country for the coming winter. I'd welcome any advice on beginner equipment, and any good spots around here etc. I live in verwood, so i can either head out through woodlands and towards blandford area, or i can go out past ringwood and into the new forest. Anyone been out that way?
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