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  1. Still haven't been able to try out my purchases from this year's PAS. When will there be a clear night? (Clear Outside says next Sunday )
  2. Is there anywhere in the UK I can get one one of these? I know I can get one here but the postage is more than the part itself. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p6687_Skywatcher-Replacement-Part---White-Polar-Finder-Cap-for-EQ3-and-EQ5.html If anyone has one they'd like to part with, let me know. Cheers Mark
  3. That's actually what I did. Unless you're into cameras or fashion there are precious few magazines offered in the app when subscribed to a local library. Nothing astronomical at all.
  4. Neither Birmingham nor Solihull libraries have any Astronomy magazines.
  5. Tickets (free) are now available for the Birmingham University "Astronomy in the city" event on 6th March. Sounds like an interesting evening for newcomers like me. The agenda includes What to see in the sky this month, A talk on super novae Ask the experts An observing season And tea and biscuits! http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
  6. Happy to say that it's working fine for me - 3 cloudy nights in the next 4 here in Brum. But next week looks too good to be true! (However, I have no confidence in long range forecasts - anything more than a couple of days in advance.)
  7. Wow! Zarkov really should get a better publicist for that. I'll see if anyone at my local astro club has one I can try. Thanks Mark
  8. Hi all I've been lurking on the forum for a while and thought I should introduced myself. My family bought me a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ for my birthday back last summer but it seems to me that there have been no more than a handful of clear nights in Birmingham since then! Nevertheless, the few nights I have managed to get out have rekindled my childhood interest in astronomy. I've already learned a lot by browsing the forum and look forward to learning much more. Does anyone know what accessory I need to make the clouds go away? Cheers Mark.
  9. Another newcomer with a Celestron 130EQ-MD here. The thing I have discovered is that the motor on this scope rotates the wrong way for the selected hemispehere! Set the selector to "S" or you'll wonder where all your targets have gone! On mine, I also have to wind the speed down to almost the minimum to keep objects in view.
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