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OptimusPrimeval

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  1. Lol, I certainly know what you mean by chinese grease!!! Well it looks like I shall be learning the skies by the dark art of star hopping, just gotta buy myself a star atlas now!! Back on topic, so honestly speaking those setting circles really aren't all they are cracked up to be then?
  2. Yeah I am having the same trouble with mine, so is that manual correct in that the marking on the mount is the pointer as opposed to the little metal triangle??
  3. I am not sure if the R.A. setting circle on my new Skywatcher 130p EQ2 mount is working as it should!! To be honest it looks a little warped. There is a pointer on it that obviously points to the R.A readings. The thing is when I do the slow motion controls on the RA, the pointer moves round with the circle, so that for example if I had originally set it at 18h52, when i twist the slow motion controls the entire RA wheel spins but the pointer goes with it so that no matter how long I twist it for it always ends up reading 18h52 if you see what I mean?? I would have presumed that the pointer was supposed to stay stationary and that the RA wheel is supposed to move so that you can locate objects in the sky once you have polar aligned etc?? As you all know I am a total newb, so please be gentle.
  4. I inserted all of the batteries (brand new and tried 2 different sets) but nothing happened. Upon closer inspection it appears as if one of the battery contact points has corroded so therefore no good contact is being made, also there are 3 wires, a black, blue and red, and it appears that the red wire is faulty (appears to have been cut or something).
  5. Oops, I have just discovered that if I had opened up the box and looked at the tube that there is a sticker on it confirming that the scope we have received is indeed the 130P as ordered. Just gutted that the motor we ordered is faulty and I won't receive the replacement for it until January. Clear skies!! Richard.
  6. I know that it isn't Stellarium, but this is an alternative free piece of software that may or may not serve your needs...........Celestia: Home.
  7. A warm welcome from myself too. I also come from Norfolk.
  8. Just me again with a total newb question I have just received my new telescope but I am just checking its the right one..... We ordered the Skywatcher Explorer 130P (the one with the parabolic mirror), but on the box it says Skywatcher SKP13065EQ2 Aspherical mirror, so I just want to know if this is the correct scope?? I have googled around, but can't find any help anywhere . Sorry for the total newb question, but we all start somewhere don't we?
  9. As some of you are aware because you helped me with my decision to purchase it, I am awaiting to receive my brand new Skywatcher 130P (with motor) this week. Just want to ask about storage before it arrives. I have a garage which is used to store boxes etc, but our tumble dryer is also in there. The tumble dryer is near to the door, and we drape the hose outside of the door, but no doubt some steam/condensation gets inside the garage still. So basically will it be alright to store our new telescope in the garage, or would you advise against it? Thanks guys.
  10. Received the free binoculars, DVD and motor today . Just can't wait to recieve our telescope now!!!!
  11. OptimusPrimeval

    Hi All

    Welcome, I am a newbie myself and loving this place. Everybody here is so helpful and knowledgeable that its a real pleasure to spend some time here.
  12. OK, heres the scoop!! After much deliberating and agonising we were all set to go with the Skywatcher 1145PM until at the very last moment after a good chat with Adam at RotherValleyOptics when I managed to get the good lady wife to up our budget to £200 and so therefore have gone with the:- New Explorer 130P Telescope With Free DVD & Binos: £169.00 f/650 Parabolic Newtonian Reflector The EXPLORER-130P models feature premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors, normally found in larger more expensive telescopes, to eliminate spherical aberrations, producing even sharper, higher-contrast images which are full of detail. A parabolic or more accurately a "paraboloidal" mirror, is ground to a shape which brings all incoming light rays to a perfect focus, on axis. In addition they feature 0.5mm Ultra-Thin secondary mirror supports, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. Magnifications (with optics supplied): x26, x52, x65, x130 Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm Telescope Focal Length: 650mm (f/5) Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm x2 Barlow Lens Parabolic Primary Mirror 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports Red Dot Finder EQ2 Equatorial Mount Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray 30% more Light Gathering than 114mm "I was most impressed by the views revealed by the ‘scope during tests…Despite a phase of nearly 96 percent, the waxing gibbous Moon revealed a seemingly inexhaustible amount of fine detail... Highly recommended!" Astronomy Now Magazine The quality of the star images cannot be faulted, and a higher magnification of Mars showed surface detail well Endorsed and recommended by Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS With a motor drive included and free delivery. I am such a happy chappy now!! I know I keep repeating it, but thanks to everybody here for the warm welcome and advice.
  13. A massive thankyou to everybody who has contributed to this thread, I am glad I chose this forum as it seems like there is a very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable mix of members here . I have now decided to go with my original plan the Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145PM, as this is the scope that best fits my needs and budget. Although I would obviously like a larger scope, this can be saved for over the coming months whilst observing through the 1145PM. After having read various reports and reviews I am confident that it will serve our needs for quite a while. My budget really will not allow me to budge any further with regards to scope, and a motorised mount is going to be invaluable I feel for myself and my daughter to observe with some degree of comfort. So many thanks again for your advice, it has all been digested. Expect many more questions from me as time goes by.
  14. See the real problem is I want to get the best scope that I can realistically afford without breaking the bank, and obviously I want my daughter to enjoy her new hobby as it is something that we can do together and anything that means spending time with my children is a big plus in my eyes. BUT I do want a scope that has the horsepower optically to provide a well rounded view of our universe, but this must come in at under £140 tops. As I have also said, I want the scope to last us a few years until we can afford to upgrade it to a larger one. What a conundrum.....
  15. Hi there, I am a newbie as well, but have been thoroughly welcomed to this fabulous place by many of the kind members here. Hope you enjoy your stay.
  16. OK, sorry for the double post. I think I have now decided upon which telescope offers me the best money to quality ratio out of all those discussed.......... Sky-Watcher Sky Hawk 1145PM Motorised Newtonian telescope starter kit with free guide book set I have discussed with the wife and we have both agreed that £200 is just that little bit too much money to be spending on a telescope at this moment in time, and after reading about this telescope it doesnt sound half bad, and this one comes with a full RA motor for an all in price of £149.95 with a free book set and including delivery, which to my mind is a pretty good deal. Plus it received two seperate best budget buy awards in the Sky at Night magazine alongside another best budget buy in the Independant by the vice president of the society for popular astronomy, so it can't be too bad a scope can it? Or I could get the same scope for £130 here.....http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/recorprod/1/product/12103/cat/1529/ph/cat/keywords//recor/1/SearchFor//PT_ID/1/product.asp. Now regarding eyepieces......... The ones that come supplied, will I be able to see the planets at a size bigger than a pea?? Or will I need to buy higher magnification ones for this? The fact that I am saving money on the initial purchase will give me some leverage with her who must be obeyed with regards to upgrading the eyepieces sooner rather than later. Richard.
  17. Thankyou for your well put together reply and pointing me in the direction of your review which I have just finished reading. It is a very insightful and informative review and I enjoyed reading it very much. Sounds like the 130 is a very good scope. Although you say that the parabolic mirror over the spherical mirror doesnt really make any difference in a scope of this quality it is still ticking away in the back of my mind. Would the image quality be even slightly inferior on a spherical mirror? Also the focal length on the 130 is 900mm i believe whereas on the 130P it is 650mm, what difference would this make to observation?? I am trying to push the initial budget up to £200 now but cannot guarantee that the wife will go there yet!! Again thanks to everyone for your patience in your replies.
  18. So the 130 is this one?? Sky-Watcher 130 Explorer 5.1 inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope (922) - Warehouse Express - I quote this one because the store is within a reasonable driving distance of where I live. Or would this one http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=sw130p be better?? To be honest I want to get the best performing telescope I can purchase for around the budget quoted, something that as you mentioned will allow for a good few years of viewing things before upgrading to anything larger. The skies around where I live are fairly dark (I live right on the borders of countryside, or a green belt) and although there is some light pollution it is nowhere near as bad as where I resided before! My daughter will be using it, but only when I am around, and I may well purchase a pair of binoculars for her to use while I am tinkering with any EQ mount. I just want to be sure of my purchase beforehand as I really don't want to spend the money on something that myself and my daughter get disheartened with and then gets dumped in the loft to gather dust. Would the 130 be easy enough to track the objects around the sky with also?? Sorry for all the questions. Richard.
  19. Hi guys, again a MASSIVE thankyou to everyone who has contributed to this thread, it really is appreciated and each and every one of your comments is gratefully received and read through. Just wondering now if I were to go with this Reflectors - Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P what could I realistically view, and what would they look like in the scope?? What I guess I am really asking is if any ok you kind people could post a couple of photos of a few different wonders of the sky as viewed through a telescope of the same (or as near as) spec as the aforementioned Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P Again, many, many thanks in advance.
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