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Hello, all ~ If you'd please take a moment to read the info in my profile, I'd be grateful beyond words. In short,, I leaped into this new passion before fully researching all of it's necessary a

Hi, Mike.  From CA to Wales ? And I thought my relocation from CA to PA was drastic. The time zone difference is challenging to keep up with replies, so you must be a night owl.

Hi. I owned a 127mm Newtonian reflector ( same optics as yours has ) and i had some amazing views of planets, stars, and even some Nebs in Orion, and i live in the worst possible location for astronom

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