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Hi everyone, new member to SGL here, my name is Paul and I'm from Hull in the UK.

I've been interested in Stargazing for over 16 years now and bought my first telescope when I was 16 years old. I'm now 32 and still have the same telescope! It's a Tasco 114mm Newtonian Reflector and when I was younger I remember getting great views of Jupiter's red spot and 4 of it's moons. Last year I showed a friend of mine what the planet's look like through my TS and it gave him the bug. He had planned to buy his first TS and luckily got one as a present for Christmas, he loves it and has had some impressive views taken with an iPhone, it's made me want to get back into it all again.

Unfortunately over the years parts have gone missing from my TS, random screws disappeared which mean't the Finderscope can no longer attach to it, and the counterweight also disappeared. Last night I had a quick look at Jupiter but got so frustrated with trying to view it through the scope that I decided it was time to buy a new one.

As budget is tight, today I've just ordered the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD with the accessory kit (2x, 15mm, 6mm plus moon and planet filters). I'm also wanting to start playing around with taking pictures of my findings but I don't have an SLR, just a plane old 6.3MP Fujifilm F10 digital camera so have opted for a Universal digital camera adapter to see if I can get any good pics.

I've browsed through some of the pics on these forums and am astounded and the quality some of you are getting. I could only dream of gettings those types of pictures. Hopefully some day that will happen! :)

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Hi and welcome to the forum. Whether its imaging or observing, astronomy has plenty to offer everyone no matter what level people enter and no matter what level they finally reach. Your scope will certainly bring you closer to planets, the moon and other nebula and galaxies that are out there - have fun!

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Hi Paul. I hope you are going to do the decent thing and come and try out some of our scopes tomorrow night over the bridge in Barton for Stargazing live! Its at the Waters Edge Centre from 7pm.


Hi Hex, unfortunately will not be able to make it, I do Football on a Monday night, I'll be watching the Skygazing Live on BBC though.

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