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  1. A few weeks ago I managed to see Saturn for the first time, amazing view. An hour ago i switched my telescope from the reflector to the refractor and by the time I had done that Saturn was gone from the view out my window. Remembering that Venus was just below Saturn I looked out the window to see what I thought was at first airplane headlights, but they didn't move int he sky. Venus!!!!! Wow, its soo bright I couldn't believe it. I can still see it and the brightness of it is unbelievable. this brightness in turn means I couldn't make any of the planet out. I am not sure if this is always th
  2. Hey, that all depends on what type of scopes you have, one may be better at doing certain things compared to the other. Or the 10" might be better at doing everything, which is probably likely. I own a 4" refractor and a 6" reflector, the refractor in my opinion is better at looking at the moon and the planets due to higher magnification and the reflector is better at looking at DSO's due to the larger aperture. More then likely since it is a huge difference compared to my 2" you will find the 10" to be better at everything, give it a shot and compare. If you do decide to sell you will be abl
  3. Yes it can, it should have came with a black pouch with a plastic container in it for the batteries to go in. just pop some Rechargeables in there and its the same as normal batteries.
  4. Holy **** thats one huge scope. But unfortunetly the biggest scope is my own 6"
  5. hey matteboy, whats your new toy?
  6. Well to keep warm, I wear 2 Pairs of socks, tracksuit trousers (there double lined so really warm), t shirt, hoodie, big winter jacket, and a tammy of course so double all the outside clothes basically its rather warm and cozy.
  7. The whole scope including mount, telescope & counter weights is 9-10kg I'd guess, its not that heavy at all. Dimensions: Telescope is 85cm long, and 28 cm wide at the eye piece bit. And the mount is about 110cm long, by about 30cm at the widest bit. The counter weight bar can be unscrewed is required to make the mount even smaller. Generally its not that big, and I would be surprised if it could not fit into the back of a very small car. Of course that Telescope is the non parabolic one I just described. The 130p would be even smaller so those measurements are something you can work with.
  8. The person who helped you was wrong to say there rubbish. Skywatcher 8" and 10" Dob's recieve nothing but praise from this forum.
  9. Thats one hell of a bargain there. You cant go wrong with that. My only concern would be, If its that price what's wrong with it? lol, not meaning to put you off.
  10. Sure, the very easiest thing I can think of to find other then the Moon, is the Pleiads Star cluster. It is easily visible with the naked eye so relatively easy to find with a telescope and the view is amazing. The Pleiads is to the east, over 70-80 degrees off the horizon, 90 degrees being straight up. Jupiter is also extremely easy to find with the naked eye as well as a telescope, viewing Jupiter is truly an awesome sight. look in the south sky for the extremely bright looking non twinkling star and thats Jupiter. If you know the big dipper then have a look at the second star from the lef
  11. Instead of that one on amazon try this its from First Light Optics: 17Ah Power Tank. FLO usually deliver next day, compared to amazon which usually takes a week at least, FLO usually has everything you'll ever need.
  12. Erm, theve got a battery inside them. You can use them to jump start the car if its flat. However they do not run off the car battery. The only thing you need is the tank, and when its fully charged it will last 7+ hours. there is no plug sockets on them, just 3v, 6v, and 12v outputs. The EQ2 mount's motors need 6v which is supplied by the tank. The car thing is just a whole safety aspect so your not stuck outside if your car battery goes flat. Edit: that 17Ah power tank your getting is the right choice because it comes with the connector lead the 7Ah doesn't which is required to connect the p
  13. one thing you might want to look into is a power tank, The motors need a power source. this can either be from 4 x D cell battery's or a battery of some sorts. There is the sky watcher power tank which does lots of neat things like can start your car if the battery is almost flat and has a very bright torch for emergency's. Or you can go to Maplin's and get a nice battery. I'm not sure what kind they are someone else will need to help if you do that because I went with the tank.
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