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Hi all,

I've recently purchased a Skywatcher Explorer 130 (5.1") eq mount, the one recommended by Sky at Night magazine, and have just this past weekend had my first evening observing (am hoping for another tonight, if the sky clears).

I spent about an hour marvelling at Venus, then had probably the most exciting few hours, looking at Saturn, i cannot express HOW COOL that was, finishing off the evening with the Moon, yes it was just like staring at a head lamp with a telescope, but i was amazed at just how much detail i could see along the terminator.

I've been interested in space for some years now, more as a passing interest fuelled by my love of Sci-Fi, literally my earliest memories involve star wars in some form.

My next objectives with this new scope is to locate Andromeda, Orion Nebula, and the Pleiades, as well as another good long look at Saturn - it will be interesting to see how the Moons positions have changed since Saturday.

Also for those interested I work as a freelance designer and website developer servicing clients of all types nation wide. Well I've got to pay for my new hobby (perhaps we should say obsession...) somehow!

I'm also based in Northamptonshire, and am looking to join some Astronomy groups to assist in my learning.

So Hi all, and hope to speak with you all soon.


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Thanks chap, i found that out last night, had a play with Starry Night on my MacBook, i think its better later in the year though? In any case, there's still a lot more for me to find and see!

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Great to see you exploring the visuals, Saturn is not at its best with rings closed but Jupiter may be high enough to see in summer and that is a spectacular vision in all scopes, orion now in sw past its best but give the crab nebula a quick go too.

Look forward to hearing your description of sights in the Observers Section. JohnH.

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