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  1. Typical, sold before i got asking about it. Ah well, keep looking
  2. Thanks for your help folks, its much appreciated. Its a minefield of a hobby!!
  3. Thanks everyone for the advice. Ive been looking around for Skywatcher Dobs, but this Meade one popped up local. How would it compare? https://www.gumtree.com/p/hobbies-collectibles/meade-lightbridge-8-telescope-/1193736468 Thanks again
  4. Thanks everyone for the replies. Its much appreiciated. Ronin, that certainly is an interesting point, I would want to be able to see more after upgrading. I will look second hand, but being in Ireland the local market is small, not many folks willing to ship over from the Uk, but i will look anyway. Again, thank you all for the advice.
  5. Sorry, thats me being dopey on the computer. I will look at the 200 thanks.
  6. Folks I was looking at getting a new scope to replace my old TAL-1. I have seen these three but dont know which would be best, or even another. Budget less than £200 http://celestialdelights.info/meade-instruments-216006-polaris-130-eq-reflector-telescope-review/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-130EQ-Astromaster-Reflector-Telescope/dp/B0013Z42AK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_421_3?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=7BG29TVCMNMYFHQAF8NQ&th=1 or https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html Any advice would be g
  7. Gaz15

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    Welcome :wave: , you will get some good advice here :hello1: so dont be afraid to ask
  8. Hello and Welcome. :wave: :wave: You are a lucky git getting to work in a obso. Must be a great job. Enjoy the site.
  9. Welocome to SGL. :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
  10. Thanks for all this advice guys. Tony, I bought the scope second hand in the summer, the guy I bought it off handed used it in quite a while so I presume it hadn't been done for some time. As a newbie I didn't know how, and was happy with the image I was getting, mostly the moon, when I took it out. Mars was the first object that I really looked for hence the question. Yesterday I looked at the manual regarding collmination and yes it is off a far bit. Also the primary mirror is very dusty, as is the optical tube and the diagonal mirror has a fingerprint on it. So bravely (or naively) I hav
  11. I am somewhat of a novice, havent been able to get my scope out much since I bought it. I was out las tnight wit hmy Tal-1 and tried to view Mars. Lined up, 25mm eyepiece, zoomed in to the 10mm, then then added the barlow x3. Thing is my view of mars was like a cream dot about 2mm across the eyepiece. I know that the scope is relatively small, and for look at the moon it can give great detail, looking at Plaides (spelling?) afterwards was incredible, all the others stars around it, breathtaking!, but Mars disappointed! Is this what I should expect from my Tal or is there something I am doing
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