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Ian-H

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Hi from Sussex. Thanks to all who contribute to this fantastic site, I am slowly getting to grips with what I need to start my journey.  I thought it best to start on here before I make a purchase, but currently have in mind an 80ED refractor on an EQ mount poss eq6 or similar, but with the potential to GoTo at a later stage (as I want to find my way around the old way first) with a tripod to support the lot, with the aim of occasional AP (but hopefully more of it as I progress) - that’s the first time I’ve written ‘AP’, makes me sound as if I know what’s aim talking about... I don’t... yet!

Am I ok to lurk for a while and chip in when I need some advice?

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Hello and a warm welcome to The SGL. Don’t be shy to ask questions. That’s what we are here for.

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Hello Ian, and a warm welcome to SGL, we are all lurking, I learn something new

every day, good to have you join the community, see you around the forums.

Clear Sky's.

 

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Hello and welcome.

One thing I would say is go for a alt az mount first, unless you have experience of an Eq mount, they can be daunting at first.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. 

As mentioned above starting with an Alt-Az mount would be a good idea. Something like an AZ4  or AZ5 would handle an ED80 and aren’t too expensive. Then an EQ GOTO mount later on when you have a better idea of what you want.

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/skywatcher-az4-alt-az-mount.html

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe-alt-azimuth-mount.html

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50 minutes ago, laudropb said:

Hello and a warm welcome to The SGL. Don’t be shy to ask questions. That’s what we are here for.

Thanks for the welcome, I’m feeling at home already!

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50 minutes ago, ronl said:

Hello Ian, and a warm welcome to SGL, we are all lurking, I learn something new

every day, good to have you join the community, see you around the forums.

Clear Sky's.

 

I’m learning something new every time I look at this forum!  A lot to take in and many new abbreviations to work out, it’s great when’s I see something I understand! In the meantime, I’ll be using Google a lot to work stuff out.

Thanks for the welcome!

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21 minutes ago, Greymouser said:

Hello and welcome.

One thing I would say is go for a alt az mount first, unless you have experience of an Eq mount, they can be daunting at first.

Nope - no experience of eq, alt-az or even holding a telescope!  I’ve been using my binoculars for a while now and that’s as far as I’ve got! 

 

Thank you for your suggestion on the alt-az and as you, and another, have both said the same thing, I will definitely re-think my strategy... there is a reason you guys have said it, so it’d be stupid of me to think I know better... 😊

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16 minutes ago, johninderby said:

Hello and welcome to the forum. 

As mentioned above starting with an Alt-Az mount would be a good idea. Something like an AZ4 would handle an ED80 easily and isn’t too expensive. Then an EQ GOTO mount later on when you have a better idea of what you want.

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/skywatcher-az4-alt-az-mount.html

Yup!  I think you may be right - running, jumping and walking need to be thought about in the right order!  I’m going to start crawling soon and take it from there... Thanks for the link, unsurprisingly, I was not aware of this mount/tripod and it is well within budget so will be going onto my list for further research!

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Welcome and good luck on your climb into AP.... we're all happy to help, share the knowledge and looking forward to seeing your work.

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Welcome to the lounge,feel free to lurk and chip in at your leisure, enjoy , these are a great group of people here. 

 

Rick

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Hi, Ian, and welcome to SGL.

If AP is your aim, then it is worth getting a copy of this book. It will save you time, money and heartache in the long run.

Enjoy the journey.

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Welcome. I hope you have lots of fun on your journey. 🙂

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Hi and a very warm welcome to the Lounge :)

Steve

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Thanks to you all for the welcomes and suggestions!

 

I have just ordered ‘Make every photon count’ along with ‘Turn left at Orion’ and will be having my nose in one of these books for the next few weeks (and on here of course)!

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Hi Ian, welcome to SGL :smile:

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On ‎16‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 23:03, Ian-H said:

as I want to find my way around the old way first

Hello and welcome from the Netherlands. To find your way by hand is the best way to start.

Clear skies.

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Posted (edited)

Welcome to SGL lan, The best choices are always well considered so take your time and soak up some astro first.

Best of Luck and Clear Skies of course 😉 

                        Freddie.

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Hi....And welcome to SGL.

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, SIDO said:

Welcome to SGL lan, The best choices are always well considered so take your time and soak up some astro first.

Best of Luck and Clear Skies of course 😉 

                        Freddie.

Thanks Freddie - I may be falling into an old trap of too much choice and not enough knowledge.  I know that is where you ‘old hands’ can help, hence the re-evaluation of the mount from eq to alt-az. Telescope wise, am I I’m the right area with a decision for an 80ED for a starter with the ability to go on to AP using that telescope.  In fact - don’t answer that, I’ll put all the info up on another thread when the time comes for deciding.

Thanks for the welcome and wishes in the meantime! 

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