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First of all, a big salute to everyone, it's been a while from my latest post... I hope I'm posting in the right subforum. What I'd like to present today is a little tool I made for the beginners, just translated from Italian to English. It's a web-based questionnaire. Its main aim is to give the beginner a hint about what it's important for him to consider when he' choosing his first telescope. The output of this questionnaire is a suggested "best option", but it's meant as an educational answer more than as a prescription. Moreover, it just states my personal view, and I'm sure that not all of you will agree with the results. For this reason, before commenting on that, please just keep in mind that I wanted to keep the complexity and the verbosity of the questionnaire at a minimum level, so there is for sure a lot of information missing. But again, the purpose is not giving the perfect answer for the telescope that best fit your need. Very often, beginners start to talk about buying a telescope without any idea of what it means. Thus, you have to ask them, every single time, if they know about their LP situation, about their primary target, about their knowledge of the sky and so on... which is kind of boring. This tool aims at giving them some hints about what to ask; it's not meant to substitute the power of a forum, but to introduce to it. After taking this test, the beginner will hopefully have some very basic awareness about amateur astronomy and will ask more focused questions. Sorry for this long introduction, but I'd like to avoid misunderstandings on the purpose of this tool. The English language in the questionnaire has been already checked (I'm not a native speaker), but if you want to come with any suggestion, you are very welcomed. This is the link to the tool: http://andreaconsole.altervista.org/myfirstscope/index.php?language=eng&answers=intro Enjoy
I only just got my telescope and have not yet had a clear night sky but during the day i can see light through the telescope but when i add the erecting eyepiece, the view goes black. anybody know why???
Hi, I have recently bought the celestron AM 130 EQ. when setting up , I wrongly assembled the counter weight first rather than adjusting the lattitude knob both at the front and rear side. That made the counter weight pull towards the floor and now the lattitude adjustment knob is jammed, I cant move it counter clockwise. The pin at lattitude is showing 0 degree. What to do. Please help.
We are taking part as in previous years and are open every Saturday night to the public http://www.astronomycentre.org.uk I think we are also on with John Gillmore 12.00 till 16.00 Wednesday.
I am at the very beginning of this journey and am learning fast. I have read some guides and have reigned in my enthusiasm to splash out on a big flashy telescope and see what I can see in the night sky at home with some binoculars first as a way of introducing myself to the layout of our galaxy. I bought some binoculars for about £10 in a charity shop. They're clearly old and I always seem to see double through them. Can someone knowledgeable tell me if these are even worth bothering with trying? I can't find much on the net about them. https://photos.app.goo.gl/o4cghH3xcB9cUVj52
Hi, I have always had an interest in astronomy/stargazing. Looking up into a clear night sky wondering what it would be like to be out there is always a summers night pass time favorite of mine. Although, having a high interest in this area as a child I became otherwise engaged in other activities like playing console games, and then more recently raising my own young children. However, my interest in astronomy and stargazing has since returned and I have recently wanted to begin looking into the night sky with a telescope. I am a complete novice when it comes to this and just wondered what would be a good beginners scope. I have recently been interested in buying the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. I have read numerous reviews about this scope and everyone says that its really good scope for beginners. I have looked at images that people have taken through this scope using additional filters and lenses and I am more than impressed with what can be achieved. I am completely new to telescopes and wouldn't really know where to start. I had a low-grade telescope as a child, branded National Geographic which was great for looking at the moon with, it came with 2 lenses. I still have it but would prefer a 'more advanced', 'more profesional' scope. Any help/tips would be great. I have a maximum budget for this of £250GBP but could stretch to £300GBP Thanks all.