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Hi everyone...I'm, Dave, a 70 year old newbie to Astronomy...I've always loved using my naked eye to look at the Cosmos, having been lucky enough to spend a year on a small Pacific Atoll, with almost no ambient light to ruin my view...I've seen the Green Flash many times there...I also spent almost a year in the Saudi desert when after the rare rain storms and the sky was clear, I could go to the roof of my villa to enjoy the sky...to this day, I'm sorry I didn't have a scope...

Fortunately, I've been gifted a Meade StarNavigator 102mm Refractor and can't wait for a moonlit night...the scope itself, is in very good shqpe...the Audiostar needs a little TLC, which i can take care of...

Waiting for my back to heal so I can take it to one of the area parks for a night of pleasurable viewing...

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Welcome to SGL Dave. The telescope you were gifted is a go to computerised telescope which has a good optical scope apparently. The weak link optically is the cheap amici diagonal which can apparently cause spikes on stars with higher magnification. You may consider replacing it down the road. Check the mount is working okay and that slewing (moving) the telescope with the handset works okay. This can all be discussed later.A very warm welcome to the forum.

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