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Ceti Alpha V

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Hello

First post to say hello and a bit about me.

I’ve always been interested in ‘space’ but that has not really gone any further than watching Sci-Fi/ documentary programmes and reading a few books. My interest was really kicked off again when the wife saw that fireball/meteor last November (it was in the news as people across the country saw it) and reminded me of the time I saw something similar about 6/7 years ago. We both decided we’d like to get a telescope and let the family look at what is up there.

My first port of call was to the local library to borrow a few astronomy books. Got a mighty tome on amateur astronomy – bit difficult to pick up (literally) but it did mention other suggested reading – Turn left at Orion and Nightwatch – I got Nightwatch and it is an easier read – I’ve also learned a couple of constellations, where the pole star is and what the ‘mini big dipper’/ seven sisters was (Pleiades), which has always fascinated me. Not much I guess, but a start. Borrowed some binoculars too which is good for the moon, although that is gone just now.

I’ve also discovered that the choice of telescopes/equipment is as vast as space itself :). So, I am taking my time and will no doubt be posting on telescopes before I make a purchase. No point rushing in.

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Hi Ceti and welcome to SGL :)

I've changed your text colour so it's visible for people to read :)

Edited by brantuk

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Hi Ceti, new myself, the choice of scope is bewildering, do plenty of research before you buy and ask yourself plenty of questions about what you want from it. Making a choice isn't easy.

Welcome to the lounge.

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Cheers Brantuk, I didn't notice the text colour. First lesson learnt. Visability is just as important here as it is up there.

Ta

Ceti

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Hi Ceti

Do take your time and maybe visit a few local clubs, most will be happy to show you different scopes and explain what they are best at.

Which area are you from?

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Hi Keith

North East Scotland - Aberdeen to be exact. So, a bit of light pollution but not too far to go for better skies. Well, except for the wonderful weather that is.

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Hello Ceti,

Welcome to SGL from another newbie. The advice here is good and arrives quickly too. Best advice....do not rush into anything, read the posts, ask questions and visit a local club if possible where you will get the chance to try out a variety of scopes which is really helpful. Good luck!

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Hi and welcome, Take a look at "So you want to buy a telescope" on www.astro-baby.com the author is well known on this site and it makes great reading and may help to avoid mistakes in the early stages.

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