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About Garys90

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  1. blumming exams getting in the way of everything!!
  2. Thanks mate very helpful will look into this! only one Brian laudrup
  3. Thanks Lorne that's fabulous thanks for the invite! I have my last exam for work coming up at the start of May so going to look into joining once that's out the way! Thanks
  4. Hi everyone, I live in Hamilton, Scotland and was wondering if there are any local astronomy clubs about I could join to help enhance my astronomy experience? Thanks, Gary
  5. cheers guys thanks for the vote of confidence! is the mount pretty decent or would I be better with a dob? I would be interested in imaging planets and dso's in the future, just at a basic level to start with, would the scope and eq5 mount make this possible? thanks again
  6. Hi everyone, I currently have a Celestron first scope 4.5" Newtonian on an EQ2 mount (f/8). However I have been considering an upgrade. I would mainly use my telescope for planetary/lunar observation and some galaxies/nebulae/DSOs with a view to imaging in the future, but not yet. I have been looking at the Skywatcher explorer 200p EQ5. What is everyones thoughts on this scope? Is it worthwhile? http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-200p-eq5.html Thanks and happy observing! Gary
  7. Fair enough, a lot to think about! Thanks for all the advice! For talking sakes, if I went for a new telescope, I assume it would still be a good idea to get a few new eyepieces and a Barlow?
  8. thanks, would you recommend the star guides over a plossl? Would you also recommend a full set of star guiders or high power eyepieces of star guiders and the low power eyepieces vixen plossls? Thanks
  9. Celestron firstscope 114 Newtonian 4.5" f/8
  10. Thanks for the advice! makes more sense to me now!!
  11. Hi mate thanks for the response. I was looking at around £30-50 per eyepiece. Will acquire over a period of time not all at once I feel. ( I notice you are in the US so I think that's about $45-75) No I do not need to wear glasses, I do have a slight astigmatism but not bad enough for glasses. To be honest I do not really have a preference for apparent fields of view as of yet. My telescope is an f/8. I observe a variety of things, planets, moon and try to see some DSO's. Would like to be able to maybe see nebula and galaxies if possible. I also enjoy just setting my telescope up anywhere in the sky and pan across it enjoying all the stars if im honest even im not 100% sure what they are! Thanks again
  12. Hi everyone, I am thinking of getting some new eyepieces in a wide of ranges. Been thinking about 6,9,15 and 32mm and a barlow lens. However there is so much choice with the pieces I have no idea where to start, if I should buy different brands or all eyepieces the same brand. I have been recommended a few already here but still totally unsure. I have been researching the celestron Omni plossl, Vixen NPL and BDT Explorer ED and I was looking for some more help! Any advice is greatly appreciated! Clear skies!
  13. Hi everyone, I have recently got into astronomy and I find it incredibly amazing. I have a Celestron model #31044 Firstscope 114 EQ 4.5" Newtonian Telescope with the folloing specs: Aperture: 114mm (4.5") Focal Length: 900mm F/ratio: f/8 Standard Oculars (or Eyepieces): 20mm 1¼" (45x) 10mm 1¼" (90x) Resolution: 1.0 arc seconds Light gathering Power: 267x unaided eye Limiting Magnitude: 12.8 Highest useful Power: 270x I would like some advice on eyepieces. From one of my previous posts I enquired about the celestron eyepiece kit and was advised to avoid. From all the kind advice I received I was recommended the following eyepieces: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html 30mm http://www.365astronomy.com/8mm-BST-Explorer-ED-Eyepiece.html or http://www.365astronomy.com/TS-Ultra-Wide-Angle-Eyepiece-9mm-1.25-66o-with-Improved-Coating.html And the GSO Superview 20mm. I was wondering if this is a good basis to start as I quite fancied to start my glass collection here and also wondered if it would be wise to get a 6mm lens to increase magnification further. I was advised to avoid barlow lenses for now. My next question is in regards to filters. I have researched the following filters and wondered if they would be a worthwhile investment, especially the sun filter as that would be cool! http://www.firstlightoptics.com/solar-filters/astrozap-baader-solar-filter.html http://www.firstlightoptics.com/moon-neutral-density-filters/baader-neutral-density-moon-filters.html http://www.firstlightoptics.com/light-pollution-reduction/baader-neodymium-filter.html Finally, I have recently been researching astroimaging. However, I have no idea where to start with this and if my equipment have the capabilities to cope. I believe CCD cameras are the way to go. I would be interested in imaging planets and the moon in the first instance bfore moving onto stars and DSO, however I feel I may need to get a variety of CCD cameras. I have noticed the Celestron Skyris 618 on FLO at a good deal and would like advice/recommendations on astroimaging and how I go from here! Apologies for the huge post and thanks in advance for any advice! Happy stargazing!!!
  14. Thanks everyone for your help! Will look into what eyepieces to invest in and I look forward to more star gazing! Unfortunately I won't be doing much of that as it is meant to be cloudy for the next 14 years or something like that haha! thanks again
  15. Hi, I am just starting out with astronomy and was looking for some advice. I have a Celestron model #31044 Firstscope 114 EQ 4.5" Newtonian Telescope (lived up my loft for years and just brought it back down!!) I was just looking for some advoce on how good a telescope this is and what i will be able to see through it. Will I be able to see the two ice planets and possibly pluto through this? How likely will I be of seing any nebula? I have also looked at the celestron eyepiece kit and wondered if this is worthwhile investment? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-94303-Telescope-Piece-Filter/dp/B00006RH5I/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456527086&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=celestron+eyepiec+kit Lastly, would anyone be able to recommend a decent solar filter and is gazing at the sun for sunspots/mercury wothwhile? Thanks, Gary
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