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  1. Hi, Lola. As above, almost impossible to advise without knowing more about things like budget; how you want to use it (garden/dark site); how much weight you can move around easily, etc. And when it comes to astrophotography there are many more questions to be answered. Finding a club and/or getting your hands on different scopes to get a feel for them is definitely the way to go. The thing is that there are many ways to 'outgrow' in this hobby ... Sorry this is not immediately helpful but better that than giving you misguided information. EDIT: Beaten to the punch by Alan but the same advice.
  2. Och! How disappointing. Can confirm the GRS is correct when using it previously and 'always assumed' everything else was, too. Far too trusting a chap ... or maybe just naive? ๐Ÿ˜–
  3. In Sky Safari Plus, search for Jupiter; zoom in and 'centre' it, then run the time to when you want. The disc will rotate as the time changes showing what's visible and when. This may be possible in Stellarium and other applications. I don't know.
  4. And your journey continues, Mike. We each have our own; this is yours. Enjoy the trip. There's something commendable about aiming to be a right-way-up kinda guy ... ๐Ÿค—
  5. Matthew, you da man! As you requested, I wish you good luck. But, as hinted above, luck plays but a small part in happiness. So, be happy and never forget to keep having fun.
  6. I think the above responses are pointing in the right direction, A40. I do take on board your point about buying capacity, etc - and tooth dr's suggestion does smack a bit of anti-competitive/cartel behaviour. But there are small suppliers out there who are doing their level best to get you to buy stuff from them and wouldn't/couldn't countenance anything that might curtail their ability to sell. You buy in what you can, and you sell out what you can - and in the process you get your 'turn', as the money men say.
  7. Welcome. You may have waited a long time for the scope, but better late than never! (And any necessary 'justification' is there before your eyes ... ๐Ÿ˜ณ) Hope you and your young 'uns have lots of great fun.
  8. Mr Spock! A short visit to Sick Bay, on Deck 3, and you'll be back right as rain! (Oh! What have I said!?) ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ”ญ
  9. I'm hanging on the edges here (aren't we all?!) but this is correct as far as I understand - and, indeed, it is devilishly complicated! ๐Ÿค• The frost line separates the terrestrial planets from the ice giants in our solar system but giants have been detected much closer to their host star in other systems. The suggestion is these 'hot Jupiters' formed outside the frost line then migrated inwards. Just to add to the fun different volatile substances, or gases, have different frost lines ... I believe the idiom is 'Go figure'. Meanwhile, I remain fascinated and eager to learn more. And when the number crunchers, analysts and theorists get their heads round the Cassini data we should definitely learn more. The mission is a triumph and is testimony to the technological ability of our species. Would that we could do as well in some other areas.
  10. I don't think it's anti-competive, it's because it is so competitive. Most retailers have set prices as low as they can to attract business and so they're all about the same level, give or take a little.
  11. Welcome. Glad you've said hello. Keep having fun and seeding those young minds with the wonder of it all.
  12. And this is where it gets even trickier. I quote this from Like Jupiter, Saturn is suspected to have a rocky core surrounded by hydrogen and helium. However, the question of how solid the core might be is still up for debate. Though composed of rocky material, the core itself may be liquid. From the same piece I learned that scientists deem the 'surface' of a gas giant is decided to be at the point of one bar pressure, regardless of whether it's 'solid' or not. It makes the head spin a bit, doesn't it!
  13. Welcome, Miguel. Glad you have said hello. Have lots of fun.
  14. Welcome, Scott. Glad you're enjoying the forum and the hobby - that's what it's all about. ๐Ÿ˜€
  15. That seems to have something to do with the 'frost line', but the frost line itself is a matter of some conjecture as far as I can tell. Indeed. As earlier, what times we live in, eh? The sheer amount of data coming in from all sorts of areas is phenomenal. Can we cope with it? Time will tell ... ๐Ÿ˜„