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  1. Thank you so much for all your help. I'm passing it on to my friend. Ricochet.......... yes both my friend and I are in the High Wycombe area - so a trip to Tring sounds like a very good plan Thank you all again. Best wishes, Janie
  2. Hi all, I'm hoping you will be kind enough to help. We have a telescope and last night a friend came to have a look through it. He was suitably impressed of course ....and would now like to buy himself one. He has a budget of only around £200 and I have absolutely no idea what to suggest, being a novice myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks to everyone - I'm passing all the information on to my friend......... who also appreciates all your help. Best wishes to all. Janie x
  3. Just to say that the problem is now solved - it does work with the adaptor I had, so a Celestron specific one wasn't necessary ....... Janie X
  4. Hi all, I'm hoping someone might be able to help me please.... I have a Celestron Nextstar 130 SLT. I thought it would be a good idea to connect it to a laptop. I ordered the Celestron RS-232 cable and when it arrived - I then realised I also needed a USB to RS-232 connector! Relieved, I discovered that I had a brand new one, with its mini disk. Despite being able to read all the folders on the disk - I have tried everything and can’t make it work. So …….. do I need to buy a Celestron specific USB to RS-232 connector- or am I just being daft! Many thanks in advance for any help you can give
  5. Many thanks Nick - found and printed out - ready to go! That will be a huge help - I am now trotting off to try and find out in which direction Jupiter would be in the evenings - it would be fantastic to see it. The only thing I can identify for certain in the sky is Ursa Major - how bad is that! Hopefully that will all change soon! Lovely clear skies here at the moment - fingers crossed! Hat and coat at the ready ........ Thanks again, Janie
  6. ‘First Light’ - that is such a lovely name for that first glimpse of what is beyond what we can see. John, I will be ordering the book - we do need to know more! It’s been very frustrating as the telescope is sitting in the conservatory as the nights have been so cloudy since then! I even had to dust it yesterday! I hadn’t considered that it could be days (weeks) before we could get out there again. Frustrating to say the least. If the telescope had arrived a day later, I would still be waiting to use it! Yes, now that I have looked, it was definitely Pleiades - we were fortunate to choose a
  7. Well - I am back to report. It is a long and rambling report - but our first escapade with the telescope took a very long time! We got the telescope set up in no time - then had to wait for hours and hours before it got dark! My son Tom and I took turns in racing out into the garden to look at the sky every couple of minutes and as soon as we could see stars - we were out there. Actually, as soon as we saw one star (the only one in the sky as it turned out), we were out there - then we had to wait ages until it was joined by a few more so we could actually use Sky Align! By this time, of cours
  8. Ohhhh lol - so exciting - it has just arrived! I will report back tomorrow lol. Wish us luck! Many, many thanks again for all the advice. Janie
  9. Peter, thanks so much for the amazingly fast reply. We will definitely go for the 130 then. (It is now ordered! ) Quite how we are going to work out how to actually use it remains to be seen of course! It looks a tad complicated to say the least. I'm not sure either how well it will work with all the light pollution around us - so fingers crossed! I can't tell you how excited I am - I've always wanted one! I'm really enjoying reading all the posts on here - I think I will learn a lot! Many thanks again, Janie
  10. Hi all, I am hoping that someone will be kind enough to give me some help as we have, on the spur of the moment, decided that we would like a telescope. We are completely new to this and would be really grateful for some advice. It helps that we only have to make a decision between two Celestrons - but which one should we go for? The choices are either a Celestron NexStar 130 SLT or a Celestron Sky Prodigy 70 GoTo. I have tried to research both of these as best I can but even after all my efforts - I honestly am really no wiser. Are there massive differences between these two? Will one show c
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