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About andyb505

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    Astronomy (just starting), photography, walking, food and drink, music. Not necessarily in that order!
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    Solent area of Hampshire, UK.
  1. I have the ES MaxVision 24mm and 16mm 68 deg lenses and they are both very good. Very clear visuals and nice and sharp image.
  2. A relative newbie here (18 months or so). Hope this helps. I was not sure whether I would take to star gazing or not so decided to start with The Heritage 130p as I did not mind if it did not get much use after I bought it. Boy was I wrong! I have used it extensively from my own garden and as it is light(ish) and easily portable I have taken it on a few trips as well. I have invested in a couple of additional eyepieces which have improved viewing. I have been able to get good views of planets (Saturn Jupiter, etc.) and have been really surprised by the quality of the viewing through this relatively inexpensive telescope. If you are not sure how much you might use it then I do not think you can go far wrong with the Heritage. Additional bonus has been that as it is manual then I have started to learn about the night sky by reading Turn Left at Orion, which I would also recommend. Just my opinion, obviously.
  3. Thanks for the positive comments folks, appreciated. Any advice on filters for viewing nebuli? I have read that UHC is possibly better than OIII filters for scopes with less than 150mm aperture. Does it really make a difference which one you use? Any advice for specific filters for my Heritage 130p (that would still be worth having if I upgrade to a bigger/better DOB)? Willing to pay between £40-£100.
  4. Apologies to all you seasoned observers out there but this beginner is a little bit excited from last nights session. Managed an hour in the garden last night and managed to get my first sight of the Orion Nebula, and even managed to see the Trapezium. I am blown away with what I am able to see with my simple little telescope. In addition I cannot praise the book Turn Left at Orion enough. It provides brilliant insight and is great for planning observing sessions. Now can I get a nebula filter to make observing even more fun!
  5. I have and use the (free) Cosmos Celestron Navigator app, which is pretty good for a free app.
  6. Plus one on the Skywatcher Heritage 130p. Bought mine as a complete novice two years ago and have not looked back. Easy to use and transport and gives great views of the night sky.
  7. I have the same telescope and bought myself two Explore Scientific MaxVision eye pieces, a 24mm and a 16mm. I am very happy with both of them, much better quality than the supplied eye pieces and the 24mm has a much wider field of vision than the supplied 25mm. Each was under a hundred pounds (when I bought them) if I remember correctly and I see both of them as an investment as I am sure they will be used even if at some point i replace my 130p. Not sure if they are still available though.
  8. Well I was a complete beginner two years ago and bought the cheapest and simplest telescope I could find (that was recommended though, by various people), the Skywatcher heritage 130p. It is very simple to use, packs up quite small (so you can take it on holiday like I did to Cornwall) and gives great views of the night sky. It will sit very happily on a small table (I have a wooden folding one that I use) and takes minutes to set up and put away. It is completely manual, so you have to know where you want to look in the sky, but that has helped me to learn about how to find objects and where they are in the constellations. It will give you views that are "upside down and back to front" because of the design but you soon get used to that. I would recommend it to any beginner.
  9. Loved the Apollo space programme and the moon landings as a child (old enough to have watched them). Always a little fascinated by the night sky and trying to recognise the constellations, but never really had time or the inclination to get into astronomy. What got me into buying a scope and devoting more time to looking at the night sky was my son doing some astronomy at school and helping him take pictures of the moon with my SLR and then having a little disposable income to actual be able to afford to buy my first scope. Now I have a thirst for learning more about the night sky and observing with my scope as often as I can. Also find it a very relaxing pastime which acts as stress relief!
  10. Out between 10 and 11:30 last night here in Southampton. Not a lot of Persied action to be honest (Sattelites - 13, Persieds - 3), although from comments I may have been luckier had I been out later, but have work today! Might have another go tonight, if clear!
  11. Just to follow up on a couple of the comments. A few things that have really helped me understand about the night sky and some of it's features: 1) Books. I have copies of Turn left at Orion and The Practical Astronomer (Dorling Kindersley) . The second has provided me with really well written beginners guidance about constellations, planets, etc. The first is a fantastic resource that I have only just scratched the surface of, but look forward to using more. 2) Monthly sky charts. I regularly print off a monthly sky chart to see what is going to be around in the night sky for the coming month. Again it helps you to plan your observations and helps you understand what constellations are in the sky at any point during the year. 3) Stellarium (other computer programmes are available). This free to down load programme provides a fantastic way to see what is in the night sky and allows you to record your telescope and eyepieces. It gives you a really good idea of what you will actually see through your telescope with each eyepiece. These things have all been mentioned on this forum by others, and it that is how I got to know about them. So thanks everybody for the recommendations and the help. Now off to work out if I can fit my scope into the car with us when we go to Cornwall is a few weeks for some dark(er) skies!
  12. Thanks for all the encouraging comments. I hope I can contribute more as I get more experience. First up to join a local Astro club and learn from those with more experience.
  13. Well its been 18 months since I bought my first telescope and I thought it might be nice to share a few thoughts for those who are yet to/have just taken the plunge with their first scope. So in no particular order here we go (Hope someone finds these useful): Buy a simple to setup and operate telescope. I bought a Skywatcher Heritage 130p which takes seconds to set us and is really easy to use. Buy a book (or two) about the night sky and learn your way around by getting out as often as you can. The eyepieces that come with your first scope will (should) get you excited and may make you want to rush out and buy more/replacements. Get to know your scope and eyes first, before spending more money. There is great advice from people on this forum, so read it. The more you read and observe the more you learn about the night sky. I can recognise probably 4-5 times as many constellations/stars etc. than I could eighteen months ago. Don’t be put off if at first you cannot see some things you would really like to. It took me a few weeks of practice before I could find and recognise my first DSO! You can learn a lot by planning your observation sessions in advance, but I have also learned a lot (and been amazed by some sights) by just looking at random parts of the night sky and then trying to work out what I have been looking at from my sky atlas. You will never, ever forget the first time you see the rings around Saturn. Thanks for listening folks, hope the above is of some use to some of you. Now back to the scope…….
  14. The 130p is my first (and only) scope, which I have had for about two years. For a novice like me it is just so easy to use (and quick to set up) that I use it a lot from my back garden. I put some PTFE tape on the focuser to make it a bit smoother and have invested in a couple of ES eyepieces (that fir and are not too heavy) that give stunning (in my very limited experience) views of the night sky. It is so easy and quick to use I have no intention of "upgrading" (yet! :))
  15. There used to be a New Forest Stargazers group that met occasionally, but not seen any posts from them in a while. There are also Wessex, Fordingbridge and Solent Amateur Astronomy groups that might be worth contacting, these get together for sessions in various places in/around the New Forest. (you can find them by searching the internet. To be honest there are plenty of dark sites in the New Forest. Have a look on line for New Forest camp sites (places like Holmsley camp site).
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