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About bf79

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  1. Pretty much all of my astronomy equipment has been bought second hand, because quite simply I couldnt afford to buy the kit I wanted brand new. My scope (Celestron Nexstar 6se) i got on a good deal I found on Gumtree, and Ive bought a few accessories from the classifieds on here. The second hand market allows access to a higher standard of equipment that you might not be able to otherwise afford, and as long as you use common sense and trust your instincts a bit, then there are bargains to be had out there
  2. My first scope i got for christmas when i was about 8. It was a Tasco refractor but i dont remember much about it other than it was blue. I do remember enjoying looking at the moon with it, but thats all i ever saw. It did inspire me to get into astronomy again 30 years later and a couple of years ago my wife bought me a Jessops own brand reflector, and after seeing Jupiter and Saturn I seriously got the bug. Now got a Celestron Nexstar 6SE, and the collection is just getting started
  3. I dont own a starsense but i have been looking into getting one. I think from what you are saying you need to calibrate the starsense to the scope. From what ive read once this is done on the initial set up you shouldnt have to do it again. Ive only read up on it briefly, but once you fit it and get it working, you need to set it to find a star, then select the calibration option in the menu, adjust the scope to centre on the star then save it and thats it aligned. From then on you just power it up and let it do its thing itself. Theres probably you tube videos out there that will make it easier. I think the focus issue might be a seperate problem altogether. As suggested above, might be best to play about with it during the day. Ive got the same scope and i used the top of a distant pylon to set up the focus and red dot finder, so that might be worth a shot. Hope this helps Brian
  4. I take it theres no way you could post the SW150p OTA? unfortunately im about 400 miles away so collection isnt really an option Brian
  5. Ive also been debating getting one of these, as im very much a beginner at this and struggle to get my nexstar 5se properly aligned. I usually give up and end up just looking at the easier to find things like saturn and jupiter etc. I take it they are pretty easy to set up and use then?
  6. Hi folks, looking for some more advice please... My wifes dad had tried to build a telescope years ago, and there are a few parts we have found while looking through some of his old stuff. Unfortunately he passed away long before i met my wife, and she has no idea about any of the equipment, all she knows is the telescope tube was “really big and really long” (not much to go on and not something i hear her say very often ) Anyway, I have a few mirrors and eyepices here and I've no idea if they can be used / refurbished. Any advice or information would be appreciated... I would have absolutely no idea about where to start with any of it and dont even know how big a project it is building a telescope, but im guessing its not an easy task. I think there is another large mirror hiding somewhere which i’ll add if i can find it thanks Brian
  7. Thanks very much for all the replies folks... it came from a home observatory that was being decommissioned, i basically bought the fibreglass dome and got that thrown in as a freebie along with some other bits and pieces. Unfortunately the owner had passed away so there was nobody that could tell me anything about it or show me it working. There was also some large weights in there which i think must have been used to help secure it since it was on the tripod and not on a pier. I think i’ll need to have a look through the power supplies and other stuff to see if theres one that fits it then i’ll see if i can get it up and running and take it from there.
  8. Hi folks, im looking for any advice or info about this mount / tripod ive acquired. I basically got this thrown in as a freebie with some other stuff i bought but dont know much about it. Having had a quick look on google it seems it might have been quite an expensive piece of kit but is quite old. Just trying to find out if its worth keeping or if its outdated. Ive not been able to test it as yet so dont know what it would take to get working but from what i was told theres no reason to believe its not working, just hasnt been used for a while. There was no telescope with it unfortunately thanks Brian
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