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Lewis90

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About Lewis90

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    Astronomy, Jazz Piano, Card Magic, Gaming, Philosophy
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    Ealing (West London) - UK
  1. I just leave my scope left up in my kitchen at the moment. Do I need to dismantle it each time?
  2. Wow.. So what can I say. I went out last night, and it took me about over an hour to set up my scope to Polaris? I think it was called Polar aligning. Facing north anyway. (following the manual) I've set up my latitude. Aligned my red-dot sight. Good and bad news! lol. I experimented with all 3 of my lenses that came with my explorer 130. 25mm to start, then the 10 and then the barlow lens with both the 10 and 25. Was amazing seeing my first star, which turned out there were about half a dozen more that I couldn't see surrounding it. I couldn't actually notice too much difference in the lens switchup, I thought the barlow gave you x 2 view of that lens? Am I expecting too much out of it? Anyway it was all very short lived as by the time I had a very awkward setup and found the star Achird I believe, it went cloudy again. For future viewing how do most people set up their scopes to look? Do you decide beforehand and work out all of the bearings etc. If so how? Oh and I did download Stellarium by the way! Any tips on using that? Apologies if I'm rambling, just had a lot of questions! Any general tips for observing now that I'm semi aquianted with my telescope. Or any daily resources I can check to see what the best star/planet is to observe on a particular day? Thanks for all your help! Lewis
  3. Clearest ISS ever seen tonight in Bracknell. Clearest skys ever, typical when I'm on a night shift!

  4. Wow.. So what can I say. I went out last night, and it took me about over an hour to set up my scope to Polaris? I think it was called Polar aligning. Facing north anyway. I've set up my latitude. Aligned my red-dot sight. Good and bad news! lol. I experimented with all 3 of my lenses that came with my explorer 130. 25mm to start, then the 10 and then the barlow lens with both the 10 and 25. Was amazing seeing my first star, which turned out there were about half a dozen more that I couldn't see surrounding it. I couldn't actually notice too much difference in the lens switchup, I thought the barlow gave you x 2 view of that lens? Am I expecting too much out of it? Anyway it was all very short lived as by the time I had a very awkward setup and found the star Achird (I believe as it was the brightest) clouds filled up the sky. For future viewing how do most people set up their scopes to look? Do you decide beforehand and work out all of the bearings etc. If so how? Oh and I did download Stellarium by the way! Any tips on using that? Apologies if I'm rambling, just had a lot of questions! Lewis (PS. Ordered a cheap red torch for sessions longer than 30 mins
  5. Sounds great, will check it out thanks for the welcome.
  6. Brilliant! shows how nieve I am.. I've been using the 10mm wondering why I couldn't see nearer objects clearly. Doh. Makes sense now! 25 it is.
  7. Hey Sathya, Certainly have, I will definately download stellarium, only been hearing good things about it. Seems like a really useful tool to help. I don't have an android but I do have Star Walk on my iPhone which seems quite useful aswell. Seems very exciting and something I've always wanted to do, can't wait for tonight to have a real look (should the sky permit)! Thanks for the advice
  8. Ok, so I know what I've bought. I've set everything up. It's just. I don't actually know what I've bought if that makes sense. It all looks very impressive but I'm nieve about lenses, filters and so on. As far as I'm aware, with my 130 I have a 10mm, 25mm and a barlow lens. Just popped the 10mm in so far and waiting for a clear night. I have a red dot finder which needs aligning also. Just coming to terms with the R.A and Dec knobs, everythings balanced out now. So really, just some basic equipment advice and lingo I'm after really? Will help me understand other posts aswell as my own scope. Lewis.
  9. Awful skys for my first experience. oh well! At least I saw the ISS pass over twice!

    1. Daniel-K

      Daniel-K

      dont get put down, when its murky try for some bright globs or double stars some have some very nice colours to them

  10. Again thanks for the welcome guys, reassuring to hear all of your feedback. After getting back in from work, decided I couldn't wait any longer and set it up. Was quite confusing for a first time learning about the R.A and dec knob. Still don't feel I know all the parts yet, but at least it's put together. Unfortunately no clear skys meant I couldn't test it out although as a minor conselation I saw the ISS pass twice @ 22:13 & 23:50 which was brilliant (been looking for it for ages!). Round 2 tonight.
  11. My new explorer 130 is sitting in my shed and I don't think I have the willpower to wait until next week for my 'actual' birthday.. so I'm thinking about going out tonight. Any advice for my first go? I have all the basic lens, stand etc that come with it. After I've set it up I was thinking about starting on the moon. I have the star walk app on my iphone to find the general direction of other stars if I can even manage that. Any advice/tips/guidance would be gratefully received Lewis
  12. Thanks for the Welcome people. Do you think the Explorer 130 is a good starting scope to work with? I'll hold off on the filters and other accessories for now I suppose until I'm actually familiar with my own. (I have a tendancy to go overboard at the start). I'll have a read of all the introductory posts on the forum and see what I can gather from that. I'm sure I'll be pestering you all with loads of questions though! Hope that's alright!
  13. I've always been interested in the stars and the universe since I can remember. Only in the last couple of years have I really had the money to further persue my obsessions! Whilst visiting my aunt came across a telescope shop across the road, decided to have a look around. The man who ran the shop was very welcoming and gave me good advice as to what to buy. I ended up settling on a skywatcher explorer 130 as it wasn't too expensive but also can see the rings of Saturn. As it's my 23rd Birthday next week my girlfriend and family have all chipped in for it. It's sitting in my shed at the moment but I can't open it until next Sunday! (V.frustrating). This seems a really cool forum for people like myself as I've tons of questions. I've no idea where to start, literally was going to point it to the moon and have a look! So many things to ask like I've been hearing about moon and sun filters etc. Are these needed??..Clear enough skys in London?. Anyway I'll savour these for another section I'm sure. Can't wait to get started! Lewis
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