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  1. For my celestron GT102 i bought a car jumpstarter from RS components for abut £35 has a 12v cigar lighter output and i have modified the light with red plastic for nighttime view
  2. Windows 7 64bit is the best option with any dual core laptop with at least 4gb hard drive. I got windows 8 but i find it a complete pain!! The metro interface just gets annoying plus there are other quirks that windows 7 does not have. This seems a good deal at ebuyer.com http://www.ebuyer.com/398053-acer-aspire-v5-thin-and-light-nx-m2cek-003 £229 after cashback! James
  3. Hi Very impressed with your results, very good! James
  4. Hi Enclosed is a my first picture of Jupiter captured last night. I was using my new 102GT refractor scope and manually held my smartphone to the eyepiece more luck than judgement!!! Jupiter is over exposed but 3 moons are captured. It was windy also, so the mount was shaking a bit!! James
  5. Hi I agree with Paul, as i have a 70mm Celestron travel scope, the supplied tripod is rubbish and i bought a giotto camera tripod on amazon, amore stable. I have had some good results with this scope seeing Jupiter and moons, good views of the Moon too. The optics are quite good for the money. i find the 25mm eyepiece a good choice for observing. I have also a Celestron Nexstar 102gt refractor, and I have put the travelscope on the Goto mount with good results too. But getting back your point, you cannot beat the Travelscope for portability! Jim
  6. After all the deliberating, I have purchased a celestron nexstar 102gt refractor from eBay, good price too! Has anyone had any experience with it and what upgrades can anyone recommend? At some point in the the future I could purchase a MAK ota of say 127mm aperture, the mount and goto system would great combo? Your thoughts please? James
  7. Hi Thats an interesting scope, brings back my childhood memories! I have used the exact same model in the late 70' and early 80's. This was my Grandad's scope. I remember the wooden tripod being very heavy. You right the eyepieces were leaning to very high magnifications and therefore lots of optical aberrations. But the main thing me and my brother had loads of fun and starry nights through the telescope!
  8. I might go for the Celestron Nexstar 90 SLT for about £300 then? Has anyone used or own this particular scope, your thoughts would be of interest to me? James
  9. I do have this scope as i am rekindling my interest in astronomy. But i will get a better scope hopefully soon. I have seen Jupiter and moons through it and is quite good at wide file of view star clusters as well. It is cheap with reasonable optics but the standard tripod is a bit wobbly at furthest extent. I have purchased a better camera tripod to overcome this. But for your purposes for travel i might be the ticket? James
  10. Hi, what about a celestron 70mm travel scope refractor, complete with back pack and is light weight. £60 so if damaged no great loss? James
  11. hi thanks for the thoughts on this!1 hi DaveH, i am in sittingbourne so not far! i have joined MKAS what about you? I think goto scopes are the way forward as they enhance your observing enjoyment. I am pretty knowledgeable on navigating around the night sky such as most bright stars/constellation and few nebula/clusters . But a goto will give i hope less frustration looking for objects and more time viewing! but as all things it comes down to budget etc i think a £350 budget is good but shall I just get a 127/102 Mak or 130 Newt on a goto or maybe a 4" refractor, thats the issue, celestron or skywatcher?
  12. Anyone had any experience with celestron LCM goto mount and tripod, and what sort of OTA mounted on it? Or is a celestron LCM 114 reflector any good as a goto grab and go telescope? I be interested in anybody's thoughts on this. James
  13. Jcousins

    Hi from Maidstone

    Hi and welcome to, I'm new on here too, but interested in astronomy since I was a boy! Are you a member of any local societies? As I just join mkas recently. Want to chat etc? James
  14. Jcousins

    Hi from Maidstone

    Hi and welcome to, I'm new on here too, but interested in astronomy since I was a boy! Are you a member of any local societies? As I just join mkas recently. Want to chat etc? James
  15. I started astronomy after using my grand dads 3" dixons refractor in the late 70's and my idol was and still is Carl sagan! I've always been interested in science and now I think it it time to rekindle that boyhood interest and dream!
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