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lancastrian

North west newbie!

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Hello all

I'm located in Lancashire. No telescope (as yet)

I'm using a Panasonic camcorder with 70 optical zoom and a pair of binoculars to stargaze. Obviously not the right equipment! However, despite their iinadequateness they have caused me to become very interested in astronomy and my next purchase will be a decent telescope.

Recommendations most welcome.

Regards,

Bill

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Welcome Bill I'm in Preston... You have very good skies up there..

Get yourself 80mm refractor kit second hand.. even better an 8" dobsonian... it'll do you for years..

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Hi Bill and welcome to the forum.

I think you might later be seduced by the 'dark side' (astrophotgraphy). This astronomy lark could get you in to a whole lot of trouble and looks like there is no turning back.:D:D

Clear skies

James

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Welcome Bill, beginners section will help you decide on the right scope to get you started.

JohnH.

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Welcome to the forum Bill from another NWer. I am in Bamber Bridge - feel free to ask anything you like.

Regards

Rob

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Hi Bill

Welcome to SGL. Binos are great way to start. Once you have learned the skies you will be much better informed when you buy your telescope.

Keith

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Hello from Chorley!!

Don't forget to download 'Stellarium', it's free and very useful.

Regards

PS. Don't rush into a telescope, learn the sky with your binos.

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Welcome Bill, skies are great up here!:D

I would go along with the other recommendation & stick with the binos until you've learnt the sky. Get a comfy outdoor reclining / camping chair & enjoy. I use 15x70 binos that I picked up cheap on ebay, they do show a lot of detail & are great for viewing the night sky.

Chris (nr Preston)

PS Nearly forgot, download Stellarium to your laptop or pc to help with locations of objects, planets , and much much more :evil1:

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Hello all

I'm located in Lancashire. No telescope (as yet)

I'm using a Panasonic camcorder with 70 optical zoom and a pair of binoculars to stargaze. Obviously not the right equipment! However, despite their iinadequateness they have caused me to become very interested in astronomy and my next purchase will be a decent telescope.

Recommendations most welcome.

Regards,

Bill

Whereabouts are you based? If you are anywhere local to me, then you are welcome to pop round and have a peer through my kit (not a euphemism!!!:D), if that would help you decide.

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Hi Bill and welcome to the forum, I used to live in Bamber Bridge but have now moved to warmer climes (Yeovil, Somerset), less rain and warmer :D

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