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laudropb last won the day on March 8 2017

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  1. Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL. Very nice photo
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    Hello and a warm welcome back to the SGL.
  3. Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL.
  4. Hi Gordon and a warm welcome to the SGL. The Virtuoso is a nice first scope. I am sure you will enjoy it. As for eyepieces, use the ones supplied for a bit until you are familiar with your new scope. Then you will have a better idea of what you might require. I have only seen the scope used with the table top mount so I can not help there. The main thing is to get out and enjoy your scope.
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  6. Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL. For bird watching I would avoid focusing on each eyepiece. Birds often don’t stay still for long and quick focusing is helpful. When observing the stars you are focusing more or less at infinity and once focused you seldom have to change it. However with bird watching the birds are often at different distances and focusing has to be adjusted frequently.
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  10. Looks good Jeremy. Please let us know what you think of it.
  11. Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL.
  12. That photo brings back happy memories to me. I visited slightly longer ago than you John. I just realised it’s almost 50 years ago In fact when as a 16 year old I had a month in the states staying with relatives.
  13. Hello and welcome to the SGL. The choice is very extensive and we really need a little more information about what you would like to see and where you will observe from. For example the usual answer to this question is to get a Skywatcher 200p Dobsonian scope and to be fair this is in many ways probably the best value for money. However it is a large quite heavy scope and if you have to carry it down stairs or any great distance to your observing site it may be impractical. The best scope to buy as your first is one that you can set up easily and that you can use whenever the sky permits.
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