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Billy Bluelight

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  1. Best suggestion I can make is that you fix this problem IN DAYLIGHT. Any problem you will ever have with a telescope is almost bound to be 10 times harder to fix in the dark - certainly until you are used to where everything is. There is excellent advice above but in simple terms, would suggest you do this: Assemble the whole rig in daylight and point towards a distant large object like a church steeple, power pylon or chimney pot - the further away the better Make sure you have an eyepiece in the scope and wind the focusser fully in either direction as far as it will go (you then only have t
  2. Good advice from all the above, but have you thought about joining a local astronomy club for a year? I pay £18 (£22 for a couple) for a year and we meet once a week, or whenever you can spare the time. There are bound to be a number of 'scopes for the use of members (and at least one "biggy" in their observatory) and plenty of advice for a beginner on how to set them up. Might be a useful option to consider as you can go weekly for as long as you need and it's not so far as darkest Norfolk?
  3. Welcome Allan - what a lovely place to live.
  4. Billy Bluelight

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    Welcome John - I was in the same position last year and settled on a Celestron Advanced VX Edge HD. Very nice to observe through, portable and future proof as it has three different focal length settings for AP. Some good offers on it right now http://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/celestron-advanced-vx-8-edgehd-telescope.html If you think of going that route I recently compiled set of set-up instructions for someone else here - they will at least show what is involved http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/238004-simple-beginners-setup-align-procedure-for-celestron-advanced-vx-8-edge-hd/
  5. I can't actually edit the post so have attached a fresh copy, left aligned here Oh Master Setup & Align Procedure for Celestron Advanced VX 8 Edge HD.pdf
  6. I'm a relative beginner and have no special technical knowledge or experience. However, I have taught myself how to set up and align a Celestron Advanced VX 8" Edge HD so I can assemble and align within 15 minutes accurately, every time. I thought a set of simple to follow instructions might be useful for someone, so a pdf attached. Hope it helps but PM me if anything else you think I might be able to share Setup & Align Procedure for Celestron Advanced VX 8 Edge HD.pdf
  7. Billy Bluelight

    Hello..

    Davy - I've sent you a PM
  8. Billy Bluelight

    Hello..

    Welcome Davey I have the same set-up, which I bought just last July. I'm sure you will be very pleased with it, as am I. I share exactly the same interests as you as I'm also a keen photographer and make part of my living from it. I carefully chose the Edge 8" as the ideal "future-proof" 'scope as it offers three different configurations of focal length, should I want to go that route, whilst producing a really nice piece of kit for observing. It can be a bit of a learning curve if new to all this. Although I'd had ricketty old 'scopes for many years I knew little or nothing. I saw more in
  9. I saw that myself at 22:15 on 3rd December just before I was anally probed. Going purely on your report of such a bright light, could it have been the International Space Station seen perhaps for just seconds? The intensity certainly seems to fit but it's normally visible for many seconds or a minute or two.
  10. I would definitely recommend a decent leisure battery over any power pack - much cheaper, will last months on a single charge and all round a better buy.
  11. It's easily done - especially for me and if there's a right and wrong way - I'll do it the wrong way by default. For many years, ever since being in an occupation where it was essential not to make mistakes as people could be killed, I've worked to a strict check-list system for anything demanding multi-point accuracy. It's amazing how useful this is - an example being last week when I didn't use my telescope list and set up (and was observing with for many minutes) my 'scope with no weight attached. I only noticed in the dark when the whole thing nearly fell over. Was very lucky expensiv
  12. I have the Celestron Advanced VX 8 Edge HD but you could buy just the scope. It has features that make it very good for astro-imaging and by using them you can reduce the F number significantly down to reduce exposure times. Very nice optics an a lovely scope to use anyway but I bought it to be fairly future proof
  13. Welcome Michelle - best advice I can offer is: 1) use your scope as much as possible and don't worry about inevitable failures, things you don't understand, disappointments and frustrations - all part of the steep learning curve, all will become clear in time and there is no hurry. 2) By a copy of "Turn Left At Orion" - possibly the best book for beginners and more advanced astronomers there is. It will help you navigate around the sky in a very simple and easy to understand way. 3) Join a local astronomy club - as a beginner myself I can say this is the best thing I ever did. I live in Norf
  14. Hi Mike and welcome. I just gave my grandchildren a very old, small Mead 70 mm and a child's book on astronomy - not a particularly good book (can't recall even the title but it was all I had on the shelf and too basic even for kids) but in doing a simple search on Amazon UK for "Childrens' astronomy books" I came up with a massive list https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1TEUA_enGB496GB496&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=childrens%20astronomy%20books Some look to be pretty good
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