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About Kaznkev

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  1. Thanks for the advice guys. Depending on the extra cost to have one put in I'll get it south facing but probably won't bother setting my telescope up in the loft. It will still be good for light through the day and just to look out with the naked eye when I'm not using the telescope.
  2. I'm getting my roof replaced and was thinking about getting a window put on it so the I can view the sky from my loft. I live in the west of Scotland and have the choice of putting the window on facing either north or South. Anyone think it would be better on either side? Any time I've had my telescope out I have been in the back garden which is the South side of the house. Am I thinking too much about this and would be better just going outside or is it something that any of you guys have?
  3. I still finding my feet with star gazing but is this not a focusing problem. Just slightly adjust the focus of your scope until you start to get some detail.
  4. I got the chance to go out in the garden tonight and the sky is really clear in the west of Scotland tonight. Since getting my scope I have mainly just been looking at the Moon and generally just having a look about. Tonight I decided to look at Jupiter after reading the thread on here about how best to look at it. It was great. I spent a good hour or two just looking at it through different eye pieces, adding the Barlow and just playing about trying to figure out what works best. I guess there is no real point to this thread but thought I'd share my experience. I actually got exited when I sa
  5. I'm also new to star gazing. I got a skywatcher 130p for Christmas and I would recomend just using the eye pieces that come with it. 10mm & 25mm. I bought a barlow and to be honest don't use it very much. I think the eye pieces that come with it are plenty for a beginner. I started by looking at the Moon and was blown away by how much detail I could see, then pick out some things that are easy to identify and have a look at them. The stars that make up Orion are a good place to start. I don't the Orion course and Betelgeuse got my interest so I have been trying to get a good look at it. Th
  6. I'm going to try and get out at some point this weekend. If I get a clear sky I'll try and get a photo or two on my phone.
  7. I don't know if this will get lost in this thread but, how do you get a photo with your phone? Is it just as easy as holding it up to the eye piece or did you attach it somehow, adjust the phones camera settings? Anything like that?
  8. I've just finished the moons course. Some of it was a bit difficult for me to keep my interest and then other bits were fascinating. I couldn't really get into the weeks about studying the rocks and finding out what they are made up of but finding out about the different moons and what their surfaces and even bellow their surfaces are was really interesting.
  9. I just bought my first planisphere. After spending any viewing time just looking at the moon and the different stars of Orion getting to know my telescope I thought it was time to find out what else I could be looking at. There is instructions with the planisphere but I thought i'd look it up for more tips. If anyone is the same as me and new to using the planisphere I would recomend this video... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbz3QnAbzFM
  10. Anyone doing the moons course? That's me just finished week2. Really interesting so far.
  11. Thanks for making me feel a little less like an idiot. My telescope is a skywatcher explorer 130p.
  12. I noticed that it was the focus after I started this thread. I feel like a complete idiot. The other mistake I made was not allowing the telescope to cool. Just goes to show how much of a beginner I really am. I suppose I'll learn from my mistakes. On a side note, how often will my telescope need collimation? I know it doesn't need it right now but should I be thinking about getting a Cheshire collimating EP so that I have it ready when I do need it?
  13. I took my telescope out for the first time in about 3 weeks and I can see a dark circle in the middle with 4 lines coming towards it. Like crosshairs. Does this mean my scope needs to be adjusted? I read a bit about collimation, is that what I need to do? From what I read I need to buy a Cheshire collimating EP. Do I need one or is there another way to do it?
  14. Where is the best place to look online for lenses?
  15. Maybe I'll have to have a look around and pay a little more then, going by the feedback on here.
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