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Everything posted by Edgardinho

  1. Hi all, I'm just wondering what the best bit of kit to purchase is. If I'm going to be collimating in the dark should I go for a laser one or is a normal Cheshire sufficient? I don't want to spend the earth but yet I don't want it to be poor quality. Any help would be most appreciated. Cheers,
  2. Thank you everyone for the help. I'm sure you are desperate to know the outcome... So just to let you know, we went for the Outwell. Now for the sleeping bags! Zzzzzzzz
  3. Has anyone got any opinions on these tents I'm considering? I want it to double as a family of 3 tent and a star camp tent. Coleman Coastline 6 I've found this for £165. Vango Maritsa 500 I've found this for £329. Outwell Oakland XL I've found this for £289 but includes a foldaway cabinet worth £41 If someone could put me out of my misery that would be great - fingers crossed!
  4. I saw something like this about 5 years ago. They lasted a long time though, maybe 15 minutes. Can they last that long at a high light intensity?
  5. Mr Darn I presume! Yeah I'm hoping to see some really good stuff. Gonna start off slowly and pick some average sights to see and then start to study maps so if i go manual i know where i'm pointing.
  6. Well I've gone and done it and bought my first scope. After much deliberation i decided to compromise aperture for a GoTo. Once I've mastered the basics then I'm sure i'll move on to bigger and better things. I'm waiting for it to arrive but I've gone for a Skywatcher Explorer 130P AZ GoTo from First Light Optics. Roll on the weekend!
  7. Thank you all for the nice welcomes - much appreciated.
  8. Hi all, Phil here, age 30 and located in Morpeth, Northumberland. I've always been interested in astronomy and all the fundamental questions that go along with it but now i've decided to dive in properly. Living up north, I'm blessed with minimal light pollution so I'm really looking forward to a few nights out in the wild with my new telescope (as yet undecided) and a few cheeky drinks (decided)! I especially look forward to meeting the people from the Kielder Observatory in October and hopefully before that at some Nightwatch events. To profess any great observing skills would be a lie which is why I waver on which telescope to get - manual, motorised, GoTo, it's all a bit of a headache at the moment, but eventually i'll make my decision. Currently, I'm thinking of going for a relatively cheap GoTo with the possibility of a full upgrade in the years to come but that changes by the day!! Anyway, I look forward to getting involved and wish you all clear skies. Cheers, Phil
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