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I'm relatively new to the whole telescope thing but have done my research and was fixed on getting the Orion skyquest XT8i or XT10i. By spending that much money, I didn't like the idea of purchasing it online from their website without seeing it in person (and not having the reassurance of being able to take it back) and looked for stores in the UK that would supply them. After plenty of research, it seems like they don't exist anymore and they are only in the US? Is this right or could anyone help me?
(I've looked at the Sky-watcher 250PX/200PX flextube skyscan goto but it is significantly heavier and the noise of the goto mechanism sounds like a table saw so that's put me off of it...)
Any help would be much appreciated,
By Hairy Gazer
I read a comment made on here the other day about the maximum magnification you can realistically use in UK skies (250x apparently). Therefore I was wondering what everyone else thinks this is, especially for you guys with 16" plus, apertures.
I'm still fairly new to this game (only being observing for about 7 months), and only have a 5" Newt at the moment (but am about to replace with a 10" Dob) so I don't get any higher than 159x (6.3 mm).
My name is Hayley. I'm a secondary school science teacher from the West Midlands in England. Although my degree was biology based, I have recently took the plunge and bought a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ.
I'm hoping to be able to see planets, nebulae, galaxies and so on. So far I've managed to see the moon in detail and Jupiter as a glowing disc. I have recently bought the AstroMaster accessory kit that came with a 2x Barlow lens, a 6 mm lens and a 15 mm lens, so I'm hoping to be able to see the bands on Jupiter and the Saturn's rings.
I've been learning to read star charts and about magnification from this forum so I thought it was about time I introduced myself and said thank you!
Does anyone have any tips/recommendations for an astronomy beginner for websites, apps, equipment, etc?
Thank you in advance!
I am new to star gazing and still deciding on what beginners scope to buy (see my previous post here).
I live in Staffordshire, UK and was woundering if there are any groups/clubs that welcome new comers to join. I believe joining a group of 'fellow' stargazers would help take me from a mere novice to understanding all of these terms and setups.
Are there any in my local area? If not in the Staffordshire area, Cheshire-east (Congleton/Macclesfield) is also a good area for me.
Greetings from Swindon (UK). Newbie here trying to get to grips with this potentially awesome hobby. Have been living under the perpetual gloom of the UK skies ever since buying a telescope and have only been able to use it once, but remain hopeful that the spring & summer will bring better skies. In the meanwhile I have loads of questions which I'm hoping to find the answers to on here
I run a big(ish) YouTube channel called Rickvanman, where I am hoping to share my astronomy endevours with the rest of the world, and maybe get a few converts in the process