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  1. Well I finely got to see Saturn. It was Tuesday morning at 4am, I couldn’t sleep so went out with the scope. After setting up I could see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn all in a nice row in the sky. I decided to look at Saturn and after 10-15 minutes at the eyepiece I could make out the rings. I kept looking and tracking for nearly an hour. Definitely had the Wow factor.
  2. Hi Can anyone recommend a good beginner astronomy book please? I would prefer a audiobook if possible. Something I can listen to while using my telescope. There are so many out there, who knows which to go for first.
  3. Sorry to keep pestering you all. I have just looked at the collimation via the Focuser and it all looks central. I also took it outside and left it 45 minutes to cool before trying a star collimation. To which I got multiple concentric circles. What a strange and cool effect that is. Even so I’m going to pop over to the observatory and get them to show me the correct way to collimate. I think it’s a skill I’m going to need to learn. Thanks for all the advice, I have read the suggest articles on what to expect and how to collimate and I think I understand the basics. But a one to one with the observatory should just reassure me. I also think I need to learn how to judge the atmospherics and when is a good time to view. Also being a bit more patient and learn to view for longer than a few minutes per target. Just for fun I’m going to say collimation because I don’t think I have said it enough in the tread. ?
  4. Just spoken to my local observatory and they have offered to check the collimation for me. Plus they have a star party and lecture every Friday. What with that and you guys I’m going to be on info overload ?
  5. This is what I got of Jupiter with my 9mm and an iPhone. The elevation was below 20 degrees
  6. Thanks for all the responses. I was afraid you'd say collimation if I'm honest that word scares me to the core. The scope is only a week old so I was hoping I wouldn't need to do that for a bit. When I first got it I did look at the collimation and everything looked to be in the center. As for the 'What can I expect to see' article that is very close to what I see (and a very good read). A small white/creamy dot with a few smaller ones around it, not sure I see any bands but I did see a hint of orange/brown on the top edge. It may also be that I'm only viewing it for a few minutes at a time and my eyes are not adjusting correctly. If it was collimation would that have an effect on viewing the moon? The reason I ask is I can see very clear detail when viewing that.
  7. So I have been reading this forum for the last few days and I think my head is about to explode with the amount of info I’m trying to take in. I have a Meade Polaris 130EQ reflecting scope; it’s an f5 fast scope with a 650mm focal length. It came with three EP and a 2x Barlow. The EPs are 6.3mm, 9mm & 26mm. My interest at the moment is viewing planets. Jupiter is an easy one for me to find, but I’m not very impressed with the view I’m getting. It’s basically a white disc a couple mm wide with 3 or 4 small dots. I realise that Jupiter isn’t at the best elevation at the moment which isn’t going to help things. I have seen pictures online from people using 130mm scopes being able to view the different colour belts. Would an upgrade of my eyepieces help get a clearer image or is that beyond my scopes ability? I have read the post about the essential EP to have and it says for an F5 to have 8, 18 & 25mm. So looking at FLO I have found the following two 8mm EP that are within budget. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces/bst-starguider-60-8mm-ed-eyepiece.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html Any advice on this would be great.
  8. Wow you guys are welcoming. I have now ordered a moon filter from amazon. So I can’t wait to try that out. The wife wasn’t completely against the DSLR idea. Just restricted my budget to old second hand ones. But I think the money maybe better spent on eyepieces.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome guys, looking forward to learning a lot from you all. As for viewing Jupiter it was the nine mm that gave me my clearest view. I can’t remember whether it was with or without the 2x Barlow. I know it’s not great but I like this image of the moon. It was taken at about 4am this morning. Using the 26mm with no filter and an iPhone 7 for the pic. Now to convince the wife I need a DSLR.
  10. Hi I loved looking at the stars as a kid, but as I left school and got in to work the star gazing was forgotten. It was the exploits of Tim Peake that sparked up mine and my sons interest in space again and then more recently the great achievements of SpaceX and the Falcon Heavy Launch. This week I have been given my first telescope by my wife. So the frantic mess of trying to decide what scope to get has been avoided, by me at least. Under the advice of the shop staff she purchased a Meade Polaris 130EQ with 3 eyepieces (1.25" MA 26mm, 9mm & 6.3mm). So far it has been used three times. The latest was this morning from 2am to 4am. In which I was able to view the moon in fantastic detail. I’m pretty sure I also was able to track Jupiter and its moons for the best part of an hour. I was a little disappointed with the detail on Jupiter not being so great. But from the little research I have done it wasn’t going to be great with it reaching a max elevation of 21 degrees. But I was able to make out four moons and a little colour on Jupiter it’s self. But it was mostly a small white blob. I look forward to learning more.
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