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    Balerno, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  1. I am enjoying your enthusiasm. Sounds like a very productive night.
  2. I've got a couple of topics I'd like some advice on please. I have a Skywatcher BK1309 reflector and have already started to upgrade the standard equipment that came with it. I purchased a couple of Celestron X-Cel eyepieces (12mm and 25mm) to replace the stock ones. They are excellent and I'm glad I got them. I am now looking to buy a nice Barlow and am probably going to get the X-Cell model as well. I can only afford one for now, so should I get the 2x or 3x to begin with? What are the advantages of one over the other? I also think I should perhaps look to upgrade the red dot finder which came with my telescope. Is this actually worthwhile? I am looking at the Sky-Watcher 9x50 Finderscope. Will this make a big difference? The price is good (£39 from FLO), so I think its a small price to pay if it actually out performs my red dot finder. Perhaps there is another finder scope out there which is better than this though for about the same price? Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks everyone
  3. Flood

    Hello everyone

    I forgot to mention that I live in the Edinburgh suburb of Balerno, just in case anyone reading this is nearby and want to say hello. Thanks for the nice welcome everyone.
  4. Flood

    Hello everyone

    I'm virtually new to astronomy aside from binge watching TV/You Tube programmes, as well as previously observing the moon and the planets using my trusty old Zenith 7x50 binoculars. I am looking forward to getting more in to it though and I will be looking out for any tips for beginners to grow more in to it. I've managed to buy and acquire a bit of basic equipment and am looking to get the very best from it all. So far, I have the following bits; Skywatcher 130mm x 900 telescope. Celestron X-Cell LX eyepieces in 25mm and 12mm. 2x Barlow and a moon filter. Opticron Oregon 20x80 binoculars with tripod. Next up will be a decent observing chair I think. Looking forward to getting involved with local clubs and perhaps taking the odd course.
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