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  1. Thanks for the fast reply I have been looking on eBay and I have found a couple of suitable eyepieces... NEW! MEADE 32mm Series 4000 SUPER PLOSSL Eyepiece Lens on eBay (end time 19-Oct-10 01:40:33 BST) and NEW CELESTRON 32mm PLOSSL 1.25" Telescope Eyepiece Lens on eBay (end time 26-Sep-10 05:53:32 BST) Do you reckon it's worth the extra £10 for the Meade eyepiece? Thanks again
  2. Hi I'm looking to buy a new eyepiece for viewing DSOs with my 5inch reflector... I was just wondering whether a 32mm or a 40mm would be better? The eyepiece I am buying is this: Skywatcher - Skywatcher SP Plossl eyepieces Does anyone know if it has a threaded bottom to attach filters? Thanks Matt
  3. Thanks for the reply I will buy one and give it a go Hope it helps
  4. Hey guys, I've just got a couple of questions about light pollution. Last night I was hoping to get my first glimpse of Andromeda. It was about midnight and a perfectly clear sky. But unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to see... I'm 100% sure I was looking at the right thing, but I could hardly see anything. Just a faint smudge at the centre. I'm guessing this is because of light pollution? I know in the summer months the sky never gets properly dark, but surely it's dark enough now to observe Andromeda? I have heard of light pollution filters, but I don't know anything about them really... I found this one on eBay: SKYWATCHER LIGHT POLLUTION FILTER 1.25" on eBay (end time 21-Sep-10 12:40:55 BST) Would that be any good? Or is it just some cheap rip off? My scope is a Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ (5 Inch) Also, just a quick second question... What is the best colour filter to bring out the detail in Jupiter? It's very bright without one, meaning most of the detail is washed out... Thanks very much for the help Matt
  5. Is the GRS on show often or is it quite rare? This will make up my mind whether I get up or not
  6. First off, sorry if I'm asking a question thats probably been asked 1000 times before I am really interested in trying some Astrophotography. But unfortunately, I don't really have much of a budget to match my interest. I've got a few questions... First, is my scope even good enough for use with Astrophotography? Ive got a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ with a motor drive Second, how would I go about attaching a camera? (yes, I really know nothing about it ) And finally, what kind of price am I looking at for a camera that can be used for Astrophotography? I'm not looking to take really amazing images, but it would just be nice to have a picture record of all the things I've found and seen But like I said, I'm on a really tight budget Thanks in advance for your help Matt
  7. Thanks again for all the replies!!! So I downloaded Stellarium like most of you suggested. It really is as good as you all said. It told me exactly where to look for Saturn. I went outside and looked up to where it was meant to be and, sure enough, there was a "star" there (computers really are clever ). I was expecting it to be much brighter than everything else in the sky but if anything it was slightly dimmer. I lined up my scope and after a few minutes of searching, I found it! And WOW!!! With the 20mm eyepiece I could see a small dot with a tiny line around it. Switched to the 10mm and there it was, clear as anything, with all the moons scattered around it!!! The scope was worth every penny if thats the only thing I see. Really something everyone should see once. No amount of pictures compare to seeing it with your own eye! Thanks again for all your help. I would probably still be searching for rings on Venus otherwise Matt
  8. Thanks very much for all the replies guys!!! Nice to know that I can expect to see more than just pinpricks of light I will continue my hunt for Saturn tonight I'll let you know the results
  9. Hi, first of all please excuse my idiocy/ignorance I'm completely new to this So the other day I bought a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ Celestron Astromaster 130EQ: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo I have done my research and saw that this was a well recommended scope. It arrived yesterday, I followed all the instructions and built it without any problems. Luckily for me last night was perfectly clear so I was able to use it straight away. The first thing I see when I step outside is a really bright "star". Its easily the brightest thing in the sky. It was about 10PM and (roughly) due west. I don't know much about the sky but using the software that came with the scope I was guessing this was maybe Saturn. So after a lengthy process of actually finding it in the scope (the mount takes some getting used to), I see a bright light through the eyepiece. It was completely out of focus at first so it looked massive. I slowly started to focus. And it got smaller... and smaller... and smaller. It ended up as just a tiny pinprick of light... At the time I was using the 20mm eyepiece so I switched the the 10mm. And there was no difference. I was expecting to see the Rings of Saturn? But all I can see is a tiny jewel in the sky. It looks exactly the same through a cheap pair of binoculars that I have... So basically my question is; Am I expecting too much? Is this all I'm ever going to be able to see? Or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for taking the time to read this Any advice would be very welcome Thanks Matt
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