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  1. Thanks for suggestions. And for clarification on the "speed of light" issue So it might be a bit misleading then ( not necessarily untrue ) to advertise this setup as an "ultimate entry into AP" as Celestron describes it then.
  2. How about you get him one of those mini-telescopes ? They're about 50-60£ and can surprise you. It might spark a passion
  3. +1 for the 130. At this stage bigger aperture will be more important than advantages of a refractor.
  4. That's an amazing photo - if it's your first one, then you can be really proud of yourself. Also, you're using exactly the same setup as me - including the camera. High five!
  5. That's some serious equipment you've got there...! Anyway, with you on this one - facing a steep learning curve due to my stubborn nature of "i can do this, and if I can't - i'll figure it out" but have to say I enjoy it as every, even the tiniest step forward, is so rewarding for me.
  6. Definitely a good idea. Looks like you've got it figured out with the Nexus 5 .
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    Thank you all for such a warm welcome! Cheers Andrew
  8. Comsat

    I've become a man

    Welcome to SGL Siege! Also, happy birthday, and congratulations on an amazing birthday gift Since I have never been in Cape Town, I can't help with areas to view stars, but my first encounter was the Orion constelation - the stars and M42 nebula, our Moon and Jupiter in opposition - I highly recommend those objects. Really easy to spot and very very rewarding not just to a beginner.
  9. As a beginner myself - I recommend pointing your telescope at the Orion Contellation. It's very easy to find, and relatively easy to navigate - with lots of rewarding sights like the M42 Nebula. Also, apps for Android can be helpful too - they might help you locate the contellation, and since Orion is really distinctive, once you know what to look for - you'll find it in seconds anytime you look up.
  10. As someone used to -35C during the winter I have only 1 thing to say... how can you survive +32C at night ?
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    Hi Mary - and everyone else Thanks for your warm welcome! After months of debating I decided to get either the Celestron XLT 150 or SkyWatcher 200p but FLO suggested I went with the SkyWatcher due to EQ5 being a sturdier mount than CG4 bundled with the XLT ( discussed what I wanted to do with it in the long term ). My current setup is the SkyWatcher 200p with an EQ5 mount and a set of 2 Baader Hyperion Modular Eyepieces ( 17mm and 5mm ). The views are amazing, especially for a beginner like myself. Also, the mount really is quite sturdy - it handles the weight of 200p quite well. Was shocked with the size though - when it arrived in 2 huge boxes and completely took over my living room I though "Oh dear lord, what have I done" but once I've seen what it can show me - and I confirmed it fits in my car - I'm really happy with it Assembly was really easy, and I have to admit - operating the scope has a steep learning curve - but it makes the challenge so much more rewarding. On my first night out with the scope I managed to see a clear view of M42, Jupiter with 3 moons and a brilliant view of the moon. What scope did you get Mary ? Cheers Andrew
  12. I followed the same logic as you - skip the beginners section if you're serious about it - and get a mixture of biggest aperture / best mount you can afford - that's the advice I got from browsing SGL for months and speaking to Dave at FLO. I settled for SkyWatcher 200P with EQ5 mount as my budget was a bit more humble and I still needed to get eyepieces, adapters, and a camera but I can easily recommend it - great views, and decent pictures. I know that for Astroimaging the EQ6 will be so much better, but even my EQ5 is doing a very good job and you'll find lots of people taking amazing photos with that setup ( I think it's rather popular due to price/possibilities ratio ). So I think your plan sounds good. The SkyWatcher 150mm or 200mm will do you great service - not only they're great scopes, but they also have the direct SLR connection to make your life quite a bit easier. Combine it with EQ5 or better and you'll be fine. Probably worth getting 1-2 eyepieces as well, and unfortunately, the accessories needed to start taking photos are quite expensive as well, but with budget like that you won't have any problems and it's really worth it. Hope this helps somehow
  13. The apps are actually quite good if you want to learn the sky. Obviously, not as good as the real thing but... the weather doesn't spoil us, does it ?
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