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  1. I just picked up the 4th edition (2011) which has planet dates up to 2024. I got it for £9 2nd hand on eBay ? Great book!
  2. That's a good point, I've just checked and the OTA with eyepiece is 3.2kg, so should be within the limits I guess.
  3. @Panda Alvin @Jonk I've found two local spots which seem to be good for me, with the main criteria being dark enough and close enough! The first is at the top of Cow Drove Hill just outside of Kings Somborne. There isn't really parking at the top, but a place to pull into that seems sufficiently out of the way. It's a very quiet road late at night. The second is on the field next to Jubilee Hall in Timsbury. Whilst this is in a village, there is minimal street lighting and it is well shielded, so it seems fairly dark at least to my newbie eyes.
  4. Thanks for the replies guys. I think I've got a reasonable handle on it now ?? will probably keep a look out for 2nd hand deals...
  5. Hahaha, it seems like we are on the same journey, only I'm a few steps behind you obviously!!!
  6. Thanks for the reply, Peter, I think the difference in tripod options seems to be the important bit then. Cheers!
  7. Could someone briefly outline the main differences between these two mounts for me please? As far as I can tell, they both seem to do the same thing, and have the same payload capacity...? I've got a 130/900 Newtonian that I'm considering putting on one as our current EQ2 mount is a bit tricky for the young'un to use. Thanks in advance!
  8. Ah, this also explains one of the reasons why I've found it difficult to take photos of the moon with my phone held close to the 25mm eyepiece... because the camera lens of a phone is so small.
  9. I might be interested in this too... let me know in a month or two if you haven't sold it by then. Cheers!
  10. Thanks for the welcome everyone, and thoughts about planets being low down. Also, yes I noticed some haziness around the moon even though there were no clouds - so maybe the transparency was bad as you say. @Jonk We were on Danebury Hill near Stockbridge. Seemed like it would be a good spot to me, although I have a reasonably light setup so it wasn't too difficult to haul the kit a couple of hundred metres up the hill from the car park. https://goo.gl/maps/g8Pwo7RPaGw @Panda AlvinHaha, yes, my other half came as well and sat on the bench - and I think we would have stayed out a bit
  11. Hi all, Just starting out in stargazing with my 10yo son ? Got me a 130/900 Skywatcher Explorer off of the classifieds here, and saw Saturn's rings last night, which is exciting! Was it a 'good' night for Saturn in the UK - or was it a bit low in the sky and close to the moon? Anyways, greetings y'all!
  12. Hi Alvin, I'm new here too, based in Romsey. I was up Danebury Hill near Stockbridge last night, seemed like it should be a goodish spot, although I wasn't really there late enough to check how dark it really gets. Possibly another option for you?! Have you joined any clubs?
  13. Oooh, that looks just like what I was thinking. Thanks for the tip and the welcome ?
  14. Hi, I'm new here so please be gentle! I just got a telescope from the classifieds section here, and my 10yo son and I had our first outing with it last night - which was great! I was wondering how my view/equipment would have compared to other peoples' and assumed that there might be some kind of database that people upload their photos to, tagged by date and location? A Google image search (e.g. "photos of Saturn in UK last night") was not really what I was after. So... is there a predominantly popular database, or do Astro people tend to just use Flickr/Instagram/Twitter etc?
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