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TPF

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  1. Many thanks for your response. Sorry, I should have mentioned that I set up the mount as you have described (although I wish I had your excellent instructions at the time - following the user guide took me far longer!)
  2. Just before Xmas, I made an unashamed plea for help with choosing a new telescope for my 11 year old daughter (my wife and I are completed luddites at all things astro). I received a number of very helpful responses from the forum and also from FLO, and ultimately we purchased a Skywatcher Heritage 90 Virtuoso plus a Synscan Wi-Fi Adapter. My daughter already owns an android tablet, which we would like to use instead of the Synscan handset (unfortunately we couldn't stretch to that!) I have installed the Synscan app on the tablet, set up the Wi-Fi network and checked that the app has found my location (although is there anything that will allow me to check its accuracy, i.e. a N & W position?) Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but do I need to align the telescope with polaris manually before using the Synscan app, or can I go straight to one of the alignment functions in the app? I looked at this last night and it mentioned something about having to do a manual adjustment, which has thrown me somewhat. I wasn't able to get to the bottom of this last night because, like the rest of the UK, we have been waiting in vain for a less cloudy night in the hope that we might finally be able to see something! Also, someone mentioned on a thread that I stumbled across this morning (which I can no longer find, of course!) that you can do all of the preparation in the daytime. Can you do a star alignment during daylight (again, apologies if this is a dumb question). Finally, I haven't (yet) downloaded Stellarium. Is it more intuitive to use than the Synscan app? Any help would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
  3. Thank you very much for putting this together. I am also a newbie and I have been trying to set up my daughter's new scope with Synscan wi-fi dongle. She has an android tablet to use instead of the Synscan handset (we couldn't stretch to that!) I have installed the Synscan app on the tablet, set up the Wi-Fi network and checked that the app has found my location (although is there anything that will allow me to check its accuracy, i.e. a N & W position?) Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but will I need to align with polaris manually before using the Go-To functions in the app, or can I go straight to one of the alignment functions in the app (I looked at this last night and it mentioned something about having to do a manual adjustment after aligning, which has thrown me somewhat). I wasn't able to clarify this last night because like the rest of the UK, we are waiting in vain for a less cloudy night in the hope that we might be able to see something! Someone mentioned on a thread I stumbled across this morning (which I can no longer find, of course!) that you can do all of the preparation in the day time. Can you do a star alignment during daylight (again, apologies if this is a dumb question). Finally, I haven't (yet) downloaded Stellarium. Is it more intuitive to use than the Synscan app? Any help would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
  4. A huge thank you to everybody who has contributed above. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to reply. We now have a much clearer idea of what to look for and I will update the thread in due course.
  5. Hi I have just joined this excellent forum on behalf of my daughter, aged 11. She has shown an avid interest in astronomy for the past couple of years, inspired by her engaging science teacher. My wife and I are confident that the interest is beyond a temporary fad, so much so that we would like to buy her a telescope for Xmas, which we think she will use regularly. Both of us know diddly squat about astronomy (sorry!). We have both separately spent much time researching the subject online, but apart from some very basic common-sense tips, we have ended up confusing ourselves. This is therefore an unashamed begging plea for help - any tips and advice would be very helpful. Specifically for: 1) Telescope and mount - budget around £150, although we could stretch to £200 for the right one. We live in the countryside with a patio and large garden at the back of our house. We anticipate that she will use the patio table to mount the equipment. She is primarily interested in planets, although we think that she will also want to investigate DSOs when she "gets into it". Ease of use is important - she won't mind spending a little time setting things up, but unfortunately she can lack a little patience for preparation generally. A go-to telescope sounds ideal to us, again for ease of use. Are there any downsides? Portability might be useful if she wants to take the telescope with her on holiday (we caravan in the UK). We don't mind second-hand, if this will get us more bank for our buck. 2) Software, books and other resources. She has an android tablet (Lenovo Yoga Tab 3), so it would be useful if she could use a decent resource on this in tandem with the telescope. For example, is there any software that would allow her to capture an image of what she finds through the telescope (or is that totally off-piste)? 3) Any useful accessories that her grandparents and other relatives could buy her for Xmas. Total budget around £100. 4) Any local groups (we're in Wiltshire, UK) that we could seek out for events and peer-support (as well as this forum, of course). 5) Anything else that I will undoubtedly have missed. As I said, any help would be very gratefully received. Many thanks in advance.
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