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  1. Starguider 8mm and 25mm incoming. Hoping they arrive before my trip to the Cairngorms on Thursday. Will update if they do. Thank you for the welcomes.
  2. Aha, thank you. I think you missed out 'cables'. This could all be so easily sidestepped if our eyes had shutter speeds.
  3. Dumb but genuine question from one new to astronomy - what is an 'AP setup' please?
  4. Final night of the holiday, and yet another clear one - just a little mist. A quick scan around the sky really. Located Andromeda just below Cassiopeia - a promising smudge - who know's what is going on in there either right now or at the time the light left it to head towards Earth. A few larger stars and a wonderful 15 minutes spent with the telescope straight up using that terrific stand design to scan around the Milky Way with the 25mm eyepiece. Now it is ready for a trip back to London tomorrow, but will be coming with me to Scotland, lockdowns allowing, in 2 weeks. Saw the spons
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    Welcome indeed from someone who joined last night immediately after my first night out with a brand new telescope. SO pleased to hear you are enjoying it all.
  6. Hello again everyone. Yes Pixies - I can imagine they do not provide the best eyepieces with a telescope such as this - the money only goes so far and a profit needs to be made. I will read up on what 1.25 optics I can get and what people recommend. Another colder evening out tonight, windy so so just a little movement on the scope and it clouded up 15 minutes ago, however I spent a good amount of time looking at Jupiter and then Saturn as they are so close together. Saturn looked excellent and it's so easy to pan across with this stand. I can see some sort of filter will be req
  7. It's going to be fun for us both Night1885. There's plenty of people more experienced than us on here but we are all rendered equal by the clouds!
  8. Good for you. I joined the community within the past 24 hours also and look forward to hearing your starry tales. Yes, do tell us about your scope. I like nothing more than a good second-hand purchase which yields success.
  9. The beer is invaluable to the overall experience I find Starwatcher2001, and I feel more knowledgable after a couple of them. Good use of paving slabs there Neil H. I pressed one into service only last night as you can see. I can understand how things would spiral a little with purchases but I have to be careful as I am no stranger to hobbies and pass times - I am very much into synthesizers and classic cars, neither of which is inexpensive...I really should have taken up pencil drawing. Night1885 - you are clearly my astronomy twin and I hope you will be scanning the skies this evening to
  10. Thank you everyone - it's great to meet you here. Last night was indeed a great experience. Not too cold, very quiet and lots of stars although there was a little high mist so I know we can do better. Tonight is looking clearer out here in Wiltshire, so we shall see what is visible. I have been very impressed with the telescope for the outlay involved. It cost not an inconsiderable sum yet is certainly at the lower end of what is available but I found it to be solidly built and easy to use and position whilst leaving plenty of room for improvement with eyepieces and the like. t
  11. Hello there. A pleasure to meet you. My name is Paul and I have just crept into bed after 2 hours spent with my new Zhumell Z130 telescope. What a great evening it has been and I have kept the evening going by joining this wonderful-looking forum. I grew up in Lincolnshire so am used to great night skies and spent many evenings out in the field behind our house with my sister and my late father who was a keen amateur stargazer himself. We'd freeze in the cold as we looked at Vega, Jupiter, the Moon and of course oggled the Milky Way through his excellent, albeit heavy, East German bin
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