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  1. Best advise is see if you can see one in person, the size, weight etc will more than likely be the defining factor.
  2. Grat beginners scope, best bang for your buck, takes a little setting up, and also bear in mind most reflectors are "akward to look through", that will be the position of the stars fault however and not the scopes.
  3. Was the theory ever "everything from nothing"? ....or was it more, this is as far back as we can go right now because the 2nd law of thermodynamics explains in a closed system the conventianal laws of physics etc break down. Only a matter of time, or perhaps a hadron collider result away.
  4. Good idea, read the manual 2 or 3 times, before you get it, it might reduce your 1000 questions to 500 TELESCOPE SUPPLIERS - SKY-WATCHER TELESCOPE
  5. We all hate each other really we just keep it to PM's (I hope you know im joking).
  6. Theres a few of us in (and around) MK that post here, I did plan on visiting them at some point, s you can give us a review if you like. Did you know theres an observatory that has open nights at Cranfield university also?
  7. I agree, the weather here for the last few months has been awful but it doesnt dampen my spirit so hard, I know my scope will be with me for many years to come, so i try to see it as a long term part time hobby rather than getting evry star, meteor, eclipse ticked off the list now.
  8. Im guessing a 6se in the shed. The program was ok, I wish they had shown a little more through a scope though, rather than talking about it, I was expecting a number of people up at a number of sites that they could stream to...Perhaps I expected too much? Saying that, Im sure it encouraged enough people to get a bit more interested.
  9. When 1st alinging the finder scope to your viewing scope, start with the 40 to get it centered then use a high power to recentre, this helps a lot. And also (as the other poster said), defocus so the stars turn into a ring make the ring fat and you can get a sense of how centered it is.
  10. The Blueray version is only about £12 on amazon (UK) at the moment, Cheapy pressie for xmas.
  11. This has probably been posted before, but for those who havent seen it this is amazing. Homemade Spacecraft on Vimeo
  12. I think the main question (for me), regarding Goto is how many hours in a day do you have in astronomy. I only have a few hours here and there so for me its a godsend, as I can be up and running (including alignment) in 10 minutes, I can have quick tour of the sky if im pushed for time and see things I would not normally see (due to time restraints trying to find them). Contrary to popular opinion, I have found that GoTo DOES help with learning the sky in fact (in my case) its probably even more helpful as the handset read out can confirm I am looking at the right thing without niggling doubts and not being able to ask someone. A question you might want to ask about the scope you have in mind, is if it allows you to scan the skys manually, my cpc800 allows me to do it, but ive heard reports that the celestron 8se doesnt, so you have to do the full alignment everytime you set it up. Its only a minor thing but I would imagine it might get a little annoying having to align even when you just fancy a quick glance at the moon.
  13. Glad it all worked out for you, as many have said, any questions he has (and he will!). There's many people to help him out here.
  14. Ill have to give it a try.
  15. Not tried that is it accurate enough.
  16. To buy a dew shield you are looking at £20 I made one similar to above with a cheap camping mat £5 and stick back velcro £2 Make the tube about 2x the length of the scopes aperture. The whole job takes about 3 minutes to make. If that doesnt work, you will be looking at dew heaters (from astronomy shops, however you will need a power source to run them), or a small travel hairdryer (also needing a power source). If you go the hairdryer route, remember it just needs a quick blast and try to do it at an angle rather than head onto the glass.
  17. I live in Newport pagnell, I recommend head out to Olney, between Newport and Olney there are plenty of open fields and little villages with village greens if you go hunting around, and as the previous poster suggested woburn would probably be ok. There is also a local meet in bletchley with the mk astronomy society, not that I've visited my self however
  18. Do you have a mobile with internet connection, use that, it will prbably the most accurate. The more accurate the time, the more accurate the scope.
  19. Some of them recomend double the charge length on the 1st charge (according to pamphlets). No idea why.
  20. If its purely visual what about the cpc range? Very easy to put up (5 minutes) Very sturdy (no wobble like the 8se) Quite managable weight wise (due to convienient handle/finger grip) Great visuals. No Eq mount Celestron also appear to do regular discounts (down to £1295 for the 800), wich really isnt that far from the 8se
  21. Well you could buya dew shield for £20 or DIY Cheap Dew shield Camping mat £5 stickbacky velcro strip £2 (from everyones favorite auction store) Make a tube thats about twice the length of the scope aperture, velco it up and away you go. It will also help with unwanted light pollution.
  22. DIY Cheap Dew shield Camping mat £5 stickbacky velcro strip £2 (from everyones favorite auction store) Make a tube thats about twice the length of the scope aperture, velco it up and away you go. It will also help with unwanted light pollution.
  23. Hi Mate, well done on the purchase, I have the 800, once you get the hang of it, its great. Im sure you have read all the tips, but if you get any teething probs with the gps, goto, ensure the time zone is correct (default for me was california) and manually do the time yourself if it needs it initall, just to give it a kick in the right direction, once the gps locks on, it fixes the time and away you go.. also make sure you do the 3 star alingment on 3 stars as wide as you can (180 degrees), in a triangular shape (not a straight line) Anyway good luck, its a little overwhelming at first, but you soon pick it up. Have fun.
  24. Yes I saw how clear it was....as I drove to work!!! Ive spent the last 2 weeks playing hide and seek with Jupiter and the clouds and the 1st night of my night shift, and there it was, it may as well of been sticking two fingers up to me! ..Your time will come...
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