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  1. I've been looking at stars/planets with binoculars for 18 months, and I bought a basic telescope three months ago. Since late November I've used binoculars or a telescope to look at the stars on nineteen occasions. Often the sightings were for a short period, looking out of the bedroom window, mainly with binoculars. Out of nineteen viewings, I've taken a telescope out into the garden on about ten occasions . The last few months have been poor for viewing because the weather has been so cloudy. It's better sometimes to make a quick sighting with binoculars, because clouds can roll in
  2. Than you all for the additional advice. I've been fortunate enough to see Uranus three times since last Thursday. I was able to check that I was looking in the right place by using Sky Safari. Looking at the planet, it's just a minute smudge in the sky, below Mars. It doesn't seem to sparkle like a star. I'd say the colour is grey blue. I'm still having difficulty finding dim stars using a red dot finder. I've turned the red dot down so that it's a pale pink. I set the finder so that the top of the objective is underneath the star. I then move the front of the telescope gently upward
  3. Thank you for the extra advice. When I look at stars, I normally try and position the red dot in the finderscope so that it covers the star I want. This is because when I then look at the star through the scope, I'm not always sure I've got the right one. sure it's the one I want. All stars look the same when you're a beginner. I think I'll be more flexible - if I look at a dim star, I'll sight the red dot finder so the top of the finder is just below the star, then I'll push the scope a little bit further up and hope the star appears in the eyepiece. I have had a few memorable sigh
  4. Thank you for all the encouraging comments. Here's me reply Last night I had the red dot finder at maximum intensity. I never realised it would make it harder to see a dim star nearby. I'll turn it down for the next sighting. I first set up the red dot finder using a red light on a telecoms tower 4 miles away as a target. I've checked the finder today by aiming at a tv aerial 50 yds away and it's fine. I tried to look in the M42 area (Orion), unfortunately it was mostly concealed by some birches. It is a good area of the sky to look at, I'll have a go at a more suitable time.
  5. I’ve been using binoculars for more than a year to look at the stars. I thought I’d try a telescope so I bought a cheap one from Argos (Celestron Explorascope 114AZ Newtonian Reflector Telescope, Aperture 114mm, Focal Length 1000mm, Focal Ratio f/9, Star Pointer red dot finderscope. Original eyepieces replaced with 32mm and 9 mm Skywatcher Plossls.) This was three months ago. I used the scope only for short sessions, because of poor viewing conditions. Then last night I had a long session because the skies were clear. I found the whole process very difficult. The red dot finders
  6. Hi nebula! Which Binoculars? I've tried a pair small, cheap 8 X 20 bins. Stars weren't that clear and I couldn't stop the tremor that you can get when holding bins. So I paid £800 for a pair of 10 x 32 Canon Image Stabilising binoculars. They are very good and solve the shaky image problem. But you don't have to spend that much. I suggest a pair of conventional binoculars, say 10 x 50. Why Binoculars and not a telescope? I bought a basic scope a few months ago. It's interesting to use it, but it needs more skill than using binoculars. Telescopes can be big, heavy and difficult to sto
  7. I can't give much advice because I'm a beginner. I bought this cheap and simple to use Celestron 114 AZ Newtonian telescope a few months ago: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/5067718 The eyepieces weren't very good so after getting advice here, I bought another two eyepieces which were better quality. My intention is that if I like using a telescope I'll buy a better one later. It's easily portable at 6 lbs. With this telescope, I can see Jupiter and Saturn on a good night. But they are just soft white blobs when seen through the eyepiece. There's no colour visible. The rings of
  8. I recommend the app Sky Safari, which I downloaded from the Apple Store to a large (13 inch diagonal) iPad. The basic app costs just £3 and it's great value for money. Easy to use, you can click on a star or a planet and it will give you a page of interesting facts. I have two planispheres, one by Philips (UK), the other is by David Chandler (US) which I've just bought. These are good for identifying the brighter stars. Sky Safari is especially good at identifying the dimmer stars which aren't shown on planispheres. You can zoom in and see things in great detail. I've used it to identify
  9. I've started now to check the astronomy forecast during the day. Then in the early evening I have a closer look at the stars to see how many are easily visible. If there aren't many to see, I don't go out and I don't bother having another check later on in the evening.
  10. I bought a very basic Celestron Newtonian reflector telescope from Argos two months ago, costing £150 . It's fairly good although the eyepieces ( the little lens you look through) didn't give a sharp image so I spent a further £75 buying two better quality eyepieces. https://www.argos.co.uk/product/5067718 Because of the lockdown, the nearest Astronomy shop to me was closed. I got the Argos telescope after I saw a couple of vids of it on Youtube. I believe supplies of astronomy equipment are scarce just now. Finding the stars and planets in the skies needs lots of practice, and
  11. Thanks for all the advice,I’ll look at some of the suggested sites.
  12. I've been looking at the stars for over a year using binoculars, and at the beginning of October I bought a basic telescope. Since then the weather has been unsuitable for stagazing - night after night there's been thick cloud. I've been out with the telescope a few times and given up because of drifting cloud, or a thin haze which hides most of the starts. I tried last night to find the Andromeda Galaxy. I could see Mars in the South and Orion in the South East with the naked eye. But identification of the dimmer stars such as Pisces and Pegasus was difficult. The full moon didn't help I
  13. Thank you for the video clip and the printed instructions on collimating, I'll use them. I've just bought two good quality Skywatchers eyepieces which should improve the view through the telescope. All I need now is for the clouds to clear.
  14. Thanks, the telescope I've just bought has some useful instructions, although there's nothing about collimating. I'm sure there'll be something on the Celestron website. I've also seen collimation articles on the net.
  15. Thank you for the information on eyepieces, I'll go ahead and buy some. A final question - how do I know if the telescope needs collimating? When I've looked at the moon, or distant tv aerials, the image doesn't seem distorted.
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