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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 the case as I have never seen any detailed pictures of the planet. Either way I am chuffed, I've seen 2 new planets in one month . the picture was taken with my dodgy little digital camera.
  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 able to put the money towards the new scope, or some nice accessory's
  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. heres a picture of the scope: Click it to enlarge. please note the telescope brackets on the mount are for a different scope, the ones you get for the reflector are about double that size, but I couldn't be bothered changing them for the pic. And thats a tape measure set to 1m on the wall so you can see what I mean.
  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 left, If you can imagine the big dipper being a pot, it would be the middle handle star. that is a very nice double to see. Trying to describe where to look with DSO is very hard to do without pictorial help. But im sure in Turn left at Orion there will be charts that show you where to look. And finding constellations is extremely easy and you can see which star is which bit on each constellation so it gets extremely easy to use them for size comparisons. Best advice I can give you is: If you don't find it at first keep looking, it took me awhile to find my first galaxy even with the pictures, but once I did... phew what a sight that was. Good luck with your hunt, Aussie.
  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 power to the motor.
  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.
  14. Yeah its good for that, im 6 Foot 3" and sometimes I have to stand on my tippy toes to see things, of course the telescope can just be rotated for easier eye piece viewing.
  15. I cant remember lol, if there was one I never read it, it is all pretty much really straight forward. £200? why. The link I provided is the exact same scope with the motor already installed for £160. (the m in 130m stands for motor btw) And the parabolic mirror brings the focal length down to 650mm, but produces slightly better images.
  16. Hey Paul, I own this scope, and I have seen quite a few of the messier objects already. I'm not going to comment on the scopes capabilities at DSO compared to others because I am new myself. However I will say it is good and I am throughly satisfied with my purchase. However, it you are going to get this scope, spend an extra £20 and get it with motor's see this link: First Light Optics Explorer 130m This is the exact same scope except with motors already installed. The service at FLO is unbeatable (literally) and the delivery is very prompt. If you don't buy the motor's straight away you will wish you had, trust me. And just so you know, Motors do not guide you anywhere, they track the sky, you have to guide it to where you want then the motors keep the object in the view. What your thinking of is GOTO which is a much more expensive option. Hope this all helps, Aussie.
  17. Aussie

    newbie hello

    Hey and welcome to SGL, you have a great scope there and the views will be great. Hope your weathers better then mine, Aussie.
  18. Not a clue about the calculations you want there, but there is water ice at the north pole of the moon. Not fictional I get what you meant though, the ice you're talking about is fictional.
  19. Thats a "wow" picture right there, amazing detail. Thanks for sharing.
  20. Holding any camera up to the lens and taking a pic is the best way to get started. Then you have things that hold the camera in place for smother non-shaky shots. DSO imaging requires a DSLR camera or CCD camera and a good mount, HEQ5 minimum for steadiness then it all starts to get extremely expensive Planetary imaging can be done really well with a web cam and a laptop as pvaz said, And this is a lot cheaper too.
  21. Hey, welcome to the forum. You have a great scope and the views will be good so don't worry, I own one too . Hope your sky's are better then mine, Aussie.
  22. Hey, I tried this but think its faulty. I tried to smash an asteroid, made of iron, 3600km across traveling at 72 km per second into a direct impact with Earth and it didnt even cause global destruction, altar the earths orbit or anything. Im pretty sure if the moon crashed into earth at this speed it would destroy the earth itself. Great idea though, but the results don't seem to be right to me.
  23. For a 9 year old with little patience, then your right, the GOTO is probably the best option.
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