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  1. Hi Mike,

    You might be interested in joining the Central Lancashire Stargazing Society on facebook, the group name is www.facebook.com/groups/CentralLancashireStargazingSociety/

    We organise observing nights when the weather allows, usually when someone posts to the facebook group something like "Looks clear tonight, anyone fancy meeting up?"

    We have members from all over but generally we meet up around the Leyland area so just down the road from Preston.

    We also have a web page that is a bit of a work in progress if you're not on Facebook.


    Hi Andy,  I have previously joined the CLASS group and almost got to the last meet up but ended up with too much on that day to attend.  I'm hoping to get to the next one though!

    Paul, I'll be sure to look up The Astronomy Centre in Todmorden  :icon_salut:

  2. +1 here for the Heritage 130P rather than the 130 on an EQ mount as it is more beginner friendly.  Extend the scope, attach the finder, plug in an eyepiece and you're off.  You may want to invest in something to put the scope on,  I have a little folding table that I use.

    A friend of mine bought a 2nd hand 130 on an EQ2 and hardly took it out as he wasn't keen on the additional set up time needed to align the mount.  It was fun for me to learn the process though :)

  3. The edges of Preston aren't too bad for LP. Its better than the centre of Manchester. UCLAN have their Alston observatories only a few miles east of Preston.

    I've managed to spot M57 in my skies with the heritage 130 if that's any indication.

  4. I've been lurking on the forum for quite a while and taking in the wealth of knowledge on here so I decided it was time to say hello.

    I'm Mike from Preston, UK.  I have had a Skywatcher Heritage 130 since March 2013 and have tried to get out regularly each month with it.  I have bought a few new EPs since then (BST 8mm and Maxview 24mm), learned the dark art of collimation and made myself a shroud/ rudimentary dew shield using a black yoga mat :)

    I'm particularly fond of viewing the gas giants, open/globular clusters and the orion nebula.  The faintest fuzzy object that I have spotted so far has been the triangulum galaxy while on holiday in Cumbria.  Andromeda has eluded me so far but I will be giving that another try while its cold and dark.

    This year I'm hoping to purchase a more grab-n-go style telescope in the form of a wide-field refractor with a photographic tripod and then eventually branch out to solar astronomy with a filter for it and maybe even some imaging with a different mount + camera.

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