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About robertjmorgan

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  1. Hi I'm Rob and I live on Barry Island. After years and years of star gazing I finally bought a Telescope but I dont think that's important if you are starting off. I've enjoyed years of observing by just looking at consolations, learning the sky and reading books etc. So if you are new to astronomy I would not worry about buying a scope until you're sure that you need one. Learning the night sky is a great way of starting off. Lets just hope that we get some clear skys cheers Rob
  2. Hi Brascoe, I was in exactly the same position. After 30 odd years of stargazing, I finally bought my first telescope. I spent a couple of weeks looking around and watching vids etc. All of which gave great advice and in the end I went for the Sky-Watcher Explorer 200P EQ5. Why? Well from what I've learnt in astronomy size is everything. You will have to balance the whole tech stuff against the telescope size. At first i was going for a 5.1" scope then I thought of an 8" dobson but I went for the 8" Skywatcher because it's a big scope, its had lots of good reviews and it can be upgraded. With the EQ5 mount I can add motors and maybe a 'go to' set up but that's in the future. You can also use it for astrophotography. I've seen a couple of pictures on this site using a Skywatcher 200p, so I went for that and I'm pretty pleased. If I progress I and add stuff but also I can stay with what I've got if I want. Hope this helps. Cheers Rob
  3. Hi Brad, I'm new too, I've just posted a message about a pretty good site that will tell you the weather conditions where you are. You may want to take a look, 7Timer! - numerical weather forecast for anywhere over the world= good luck Rob
  4. Yep the 7Timer site is good. Go to the bottom of the page and enter your own Long & Lat and it'll give you your own chart. 7Timer! - numerical weather forecast for anywhere over the world= This is the one for the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. cheers Rob
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