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Willow1

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  1. Ok, that may take a while! Isn't this telescope supposed to be easy to set up? It has two standard lenses included and a Barlow lens.
  2. I forgot to ask, should I sell the old one or the new one? I paid £90 for it. Thanks Max
  3. I'm beginning to get that feeling! I had a go at trying to set it up the other day, but for the life of me, I hadn't a clue, even after following the instructions! The reason I ended up with 2 scopes was because the one that I bought second hand got bashed around so much on the way to me, the box was in tatters and a couple of plastic bits were floating around the bottom of the box ( still not sure where they're from! ) Also the ring part at the very end of the extending bit where the mirror is and which I have no clue as to what it's called, had snapped and was flapping about, so at that point I called the seller and told him all this. He was absolutely gutted, and luckily had taken out insurance on sending it by courier. He said he would get me a brand new scope when he got the insurance money through, but I explained that I was quite happy to glue the part together ( which I've done ) and that if he felt so obliged, then perhaps he could refund me the postage money I paid. He was having none of it, thus the reason I've ended up with two scopes! I did mention that I didn't need two scopes, but he said to me to sell one of them. I will have another bo tonight
  4. Hi again, Well, to cut a long story short, I've ended up with 2 telescopes!! Both of them are the Skywatcher 130P, one is brand new, and one is used but in very good nick, which I'll keep. I will of course be asking LOADS of questions as I go along and try and get the telescope set up! Thanks again, Max
  5. I just cottoned on that I've been calling people " sub dwarf " and " brown dwarf " and not by their actual user names! My apologies NGC 1502 and Laurie61 Thanks for the advice to all re the x3 Barlow, I wasn't sure whether I would need one or not. You've put my mind at rest one that. I did check out the Skyliner 200 and it looked amazing, but it's out of my price range at the moment. Like you say though, it's always one that I can keep in mind as a future upgrade. I am also looking at binoculars. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
  6. Thanks for the advice happy-kat, I'm really excited, and I'm looking forward to receiving it! One thing that I have seen mentioned is purchasing a 3x barlow lens. Is this necessary or more of an optional extra? Does anybody on the forum use one? Thanks again, Max
  7. Hi again I bagged a bargain! A chap in Manchester was selling their Skywatcher 130P on Gumtree for £95.00. I read the description and it had great pics of the scope and accessories etc, and it seemed well looked after. They had upgraded to a much bigger scope and wanted to sell this one on. Altogether with the cost of delivery, £110.00. This was one of the two that I had shortlisted and I understand that some of you said to get the other scope, but I thought this would guide me nicely into the world of astronomy, and I can always upgrade in a year or two's time. I also bought myself a couple of books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0007598688?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1405356200?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00 and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DQR93LG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00 Is there anything else that I will need or am I good to go? I'm soooo chuffed!
  8. Thank you very much guys for your thoughts and advice.
  9. Thanks very much for your input Brown Dwarf, much appreciated.
  10. Thank you Sub Dwarf. I should add that Martin at First Light Optics has been absolutely brilliant and so very helpful. He's given me so much to think about and explained what my different options are, so that, together with the help I've already had on here, should guide me well. Thank you all again.
  11. Hi again, I've been having a really good read up on telescopes that are available and I think ( due to size and portability ) that these two are going to be the most suitable. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-150p-dobsonian.html http://www.firstlightoptics.com/heritage/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html I ditched the idea of binoculars because I wanted to see more of space as opposed to " across the bay " type of thing. Don't get me wrong, I've read wonderful reviews of some binoculars that are available, I just don't think they are what I'm looking for at this time. Please could somebody take a look at the two I've shortlisted and offer some feedback. Maybe somebody has one or has tried one and could comment? Thanks very much guys ( and gals ). Max
  12. Forgot to add the Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P to that list. FLO has it as being the UK's most popular starter telescope
  13. Sorry yes we are, I got myself confused 10 x 50 seems to be a very popular option in binoculars. In telescopes, both the Skywatcher 130m and the 130p have good reviews on First Light Optics. Ok thank you all again, I'll have to make a decision because I'm driving myself ( and probably you lovely lot ) nuts! I just didn't want to make a potentially costly mistake by buying something totally incompatible and regret it later. Max
  14. Thank you very much for your advice and your experience of how you chose a telescope. Thing is, there's sooooo much choice, it's staggering! I've been looking on ebay also and there's an awful lot of stuff for sale second hand. Would anybody recommend buying second hand? I did check to see if there's an astronomy club near me ( Christchurch, Dorset ), and the nearest one is in Wimbourne, so not that far away. I'll check out when their meetings are and go along to one. Have a great weekend. Max
  15. Thank you all for your input and advice. Oh decisions, decisions....
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