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  1. Thanks for the tip Frank. I'll certainly look into that.
  2. I'm glad you all enjoyed this so much. I'm a bit of a youtube junkie so try these for size. One from the cockpit... ...just in case you were wondering how Santa delivers all the presents in one night. (and the shuttle launch is a bit special too)... ...and here's one to raise a glass to... Hubble going up... I could watch these all day. Chris.
  3. I finally managed to get the telescope out last night. I managed to get Saturn lined up, if not quite focused properly. I had taken the eyepiece out to transport the telescope but had taken it apart incorrectly which meant a lot of messing round trying to fit it back correctly, which I didn't really manage. It was quite windy so the image was shaking quite a bit and I was struggling with the altitude adjustment on the telescope mount. There were four of us that went out so we didn't get much time at the eyepiece before the clouds rolled in (after about half an hour). All in all I guess I sho
  4. Hopefully this topic should go here. Here's some footage of a solid rocket booster returning to Earth from Atlantis mission STS-115. Some interesting sounds on there as well as some spectacular views of the Earth. Warning may cause motion sickness... http://glumbert.com/media/spacefall Enjoy
  5. Thanks for that Captain. I had a go at that when I first set it up. It uses the Red Dot finder, and I was pleased with it's accuracy. I actually took it out briefly last week, but I don't consider it a first light as it was more of a drunken "I can't wait anymore", and although I could see Saturn, my eyes couldn't focus properly... . Finder worked a treat though. So I'm still looking forward to that first proper night.
  6. Hi I'm hoping to get a proper first light with my new telescope tomorrow night (Tuesday night). From what I can tell from the weather forecast it's supposed to be clear. I'm wondering if any members from Liverpool can give me any pointers towards good observing sites, either for tomorrow night or for the future. I'm also open to any suggestions for observing sites in the North West for the future. Cheers Chris.
  7. Yes I do get it. I have to say when it arrived on Monday I did feel like a kid again. We're a bit pushed for space and my girlfriend is already calling it a dalek in the corner of the room.
  8. Hello all, I've been reading these forums for a while now, and I wanted to introduced myself. My name is Chris, I'm from Liverpool and I just turned 31 on Monday. Although I've always been interested reading about space and looking at pictures of planets and stars etc I'm completely new to astronomy. Thanks to these forums I've been able to narrow down my choice of first scope. I've settled on the Skywatcher Explorer 130PM as it seems like a manageable scope to handle and set up while I come to grips with finding my way around the night sky. I wasn't sure when I was going to get one, but
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